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My gripe only applies to the audio production, & that relates to using a foreign reader for for a story set largely in Australia. After some hours of hearing our place names mis-pronounced, I am considering whether I'll stick it out to the end.
Any future Tara Moss I read will be in print.
I was very pleased to find Stuart MacB's novels 'Dark Blood' & 'Close to the Bone'. Lots more wonderful dark Scots humour & abuse as well as excellent plotting. Not for the faint heated. I'm looking forward to reading the rest on the list.
If you imagine Dracula & sundry Zombies meet Diehard, you start to get the idea. The phrase 'Gung Ho' doesn't really do it justice.
Preston & Child do it again; a complex story with all their usual background of historic understanding & folklore, coupled with their amazing combined imagination. It is another which is difficult to put down once started. Highly recommended.
I'm not trying to be precious, but this is written in very poor English & has poor continuity. It is not often I can say I preferred the movie, but it's true in this case. The book is a great disappointment.
I probably won't try another book from this author. The hero is more of a McGyver type rather than a credible character, & there were too many common technical errors in the action for my liking.
In spite of the dark subject & occasional violence, this story is also beautifully written. The descriptions of the background to the story & characters are most sensitively handled, & indicate the familiarity of the author with the customs & history of the countries in which it takes place. I'll probably read this again in about six months.
Although I could not see any indication of it, this is not read in English but is Scandinavian sounding.
I failed to use the 'sample' button so I suppose it was my own fault.
What a disappointment. Hopefully the writer of this dreadful dramatisation went on to a different career. The story is almost unrecognizable. Wyndham must be turning in his grave.
Having read several Rebus novels in no particular order, it was interesting to read an early one & get some background on the character. It is another gripping Rankin story, & displays his facility for creating credible, three dimensional characters, plus giving the reader the feeling of being on the scene, & the scenes all convincingly described without a hint of verbosity. No wonder I enjoy reading Ian Rankin's work.
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