As soon as I read the premise of this book I was hooked: a tramp steamer, mysterious ports of call, Tangiers being one which I visited in 1962 as a young wanderer of the world, A Captain of ship who is much more than just that, a story full of wonderful lively persons be they on the dark or sunny side of the street. It is a subject matter has intrigued me since Jack London's "Sea Wolf" found me as a youngster.
Reinhard rides again. Terrific story by Mr.McCallin and spot on narration by Mr. Lee.
Bravo. Looking forward to the next book.
I think it was the narration; monotonous . I just could not stay with the story.
Philip Marlowe, geez, I can't believe I'm giving him a tentative review. Mr. Chandler forgive me.
Overall, I just could not get with the flow. Noir gods, I beg your pardon.
Mr. Kerr, Thank you, sir, for this joyous godsend from your literary treasure trove. You answered your fan's uproarious "request" for a reunion of Bernie Gunter and John Lee. Bravo! What a delicious (long awaited) treat: Bernie never missed a droll retort nor failed to launch a zinger at his detested Nazi bosses. Your working Bernie's story line with the major corporate sponsors (Mercedes Benz) and über maniacs (Goebels) of WW II makes the novel blaze like kristallnacht. Thank you.
An explosion of literature adventure intrigue and jaw dropping prose that put me in dreamland for 40 hours. I promise to read more classics. One of the best stories I have ever been exposed to.
This is a burning book, cops that grew up together,making families, sharing each other lives then something happens. Murders mayhem. This is a complex novel the characters are deeply fleshed out, The conflict anxiety and brutality are marvelously intertwined and the finally is fantastic, I only put i down to eat. Wonderful find, Price is vein of gold
I am avid reader of le Carre,Forsythe, Kerr (narrated by John Lee ), Levin,Furst, Marlowe.and on and on. The brilliant mystery, murder and noir writers all. now I add Richard Price ( Harry Brandt) to the list. I think you will be fascinated with this book.
Thanks for taking me along with you around the world! I just sat down and listened to your whole tale. Additionally you did a first rate narration.
I'm from San Francisco and loved sailing from Sausalito, around Angel Island...all over but I never went under the Golden Gate. You took me there.
In the'60's I shipped out as a a deck hand on a Norwegian freighter :Tahiti, Pango, Fifji, Raubaul, Numia etc, but I was a deckhand: you were a Skipper!
I doff my cap to you. Your story was fantastic what an adventure. What was your next fulfillment? You are a gifted writer and narrater. Looking for your next book. Congratulations!
I don't know how I selected this novel but what a find. The story and narration are first rate. This is a moody action and so well researched drama I could not put it down.
Before I finished it I had to find out what else Jason Matthews had in store for me. I was sorely disappointed this was his only offering so far. I only hope he working on another brilliant
piece of entertainment.
His background is in espionage and the black
arts and his story line is fantastic. And
Also, the characters both villain and Heroes are
If you are a fan of spy craft and have read all the masters you will surely be adding Mr. Matthews to your library. Enjoy this magnificent novel.
Welcome to the club Mr. McCallin. You have earned shelf space with LaCarre, Furst, Kerr, and other scribes who dazzle us with stunning journeys through WW II and the lives of its heroes and villains.
You are a master craftsman of the art of intrigue. I was consumed by your use of character development, plot lines, atmospheric texture and ethos.
And if John Lee doesn't win an Oscar for his singularly spectacular narrative interpretation of this multi-character, trans European Tolstoy-esque Proustian joy ride I will eat my hat.
What a writer. I think of all the research that went into this massive labor of love and then crafting and polishing a 40 hr. "can't put it down" spy docu/novel (?) + page turner. That's majestic for him and a marathon time out for me.
Nothing else he has penned can compare to this masterpiece. His other work: The Sisters, etc., etc. nothing so far comes close in his oeuvre.
We will just have to wait and see what the years will bring forth.
How can you go wrong with a John le Carre novel. That's it in a nutshell, folks. I don't want to bore you with a 50 line exegesis, just buy and enjoy!
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