An extremist warlord is about to unleash the world's deadliest shock troops. The Rotkommando - a fusion army of expert terrorists, political fanatics, and psychotic killers armed with a fail-save masterplan. Codeword...Mecca.
Now the Rotkommando is poised on the brink of a crazed kamikaze mission to nuke Israel and ignite World War III. Only three people on Earth have the power to stop them: a burned-out poet with delusions of grandeur, a devout nymphomaniac with a taste for blood, and a desert guru who communes with camels.
From Montreal, New York, and Washington, to Paris, Berlin, and Saudi Arabia, Mecca thunders at white-knuckle speed through the knife-edge worlds of espionage and terrorism. Where violence is a way of life. And time is always running out...
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"Action. Action. Action. Literature in the fast lane." (The Toronto Star)
"Here is another world-class thriller, fresh, bright, and topical." (The Globe and Mail)
“Narrator Steve Scherf quickly assumes a rapid pace for the story, told through the eyes of an ex-CIA agent who is coerced into the high-stakes world of global terrorism. Scherf skillfully transitions his voice from hostages to interrogators using a wide variety of global dialects, with Beverley Elliot skillfully voicing the female characters.” (AudioFile)
In another characteristic Deverell case of corruption, intrigue and politics, Mecca is an astounding tour de force of fast-paced drama and black humour. The complexities of the plot are too convoluted to summarise, but there is plenty here to intrigue, to surprise, to amuse and to entertain.
Slack Sawchuck realises his life in Cuba is at an end. A former member of a political pressure group, he attempts to sidestep an American arrest warrant by flying to Canada. On the plane, relaxing with his second drink, Slack falls into confident conversation with the guy in the next seat. His nonchalance comes to an abrupt end, however, when he realises the man is on the plane to take him into custody.
But, in typical Deverell style, it turms out that Slack’s lawyer has swiftly managed to organise a full pardon for him, with pension – if he agrees to help the Feds and infiltrate the Rotkommando to find out what the so-called Mecca operation is all about. Then the fun starts.
Once again, Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott put in bravura performances – breathing new life into sometimes forgotten or neglected works. I’d like to hear this couple tackle some hard-nosed pulp detective stories. Their approach to the audiobook genre is genuinely groundbreaking – producing more a radio performance than a simple narration. Talented and enterprising, this is exactly the way the medium should be moving in the twenty-first century.
Buy William Deverell’s Mecca. You won’t be disappointed.
This is a really good story. Despite having been written 30 years ago, the plot is as relevant today as it was in 1983. Well written, and laced with humor.
Clear, easy to follow narration with exceptional voices. It is so easy to keep track of the characters, since each has their own, unique inflection. Fantastic performance.
This is a review of the Audio Book version of Mecca by William Deverell|. The book was originally published in 1983 and is sadly out of print … except for the audio book version, which has just been released.
The story is somewhat dated, in that it may take listeners a few minutes, and perhaps an internet connection, to figure out who the FLQ were, for example, but the story holds up to the test of time. It’s easy to relate to terrorism, corrupt government officials, crooked politicians … hummm, maybe we really haven’t come that far in 30 years. Slack Sawchuck is a former member of a terrorist group who agrees to infiltrate the Rotkommando in exchange for a full pardon, with pension. The story blends action with humor, and pulls it off in a spectacular fashion. More than anything, it is the characters in the novel, their motivations and their evolution that make the story so enjoyable. Highly recommended.
What makes it exceptional is the performance that Steve Scherf and Beverley Elliott provide. I love listening to books narrated by this duo. Even with a large cast of characters, Scherf provides unique accents, inflections and mannerisms to each, and does this in a way that never detracts from the novel itself. For a novel that is really focused on characters this becomes a fine line to navigate, and they really nail this. It’s always a pleasure to hear these two bring novels to life, and in this case, it’s another 5 star performance.
I’d highly recommend this audio book.
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