A two-bit con-man is thrown in at the deep end as a desperate hunt takes place in Oxford in this gripping tale. The thrilling climax takes place in the vaults of the Bodeleian.
©2012 Michael Innes (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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"Keep going, it gets really good!"
This story has the oddest beginning - I had no idea what was going on and gave up on it for a while (my fiance did the same). However, if you do persevere it really is worth it. An exciting and fast paced second half.
"At the Beginning I wasn't sure."
I have read only one other Michael Innes, so I was a little unsure what to expect. Operation Pax however did not disappoint. Whilst the start is slow, it catches the imagination and reels you in so that by the middle of the book I had stopped questioning why and was eager for the next instalment. The whole oozes the feel of the late 40's/post war whilst not wallowing.
Innes descriptions of Oxford ensure that the city becomes a character in it's own right and the climax brought all the separate storylines together in a very satisfactory manner. The book itself is fabulously written, articulate and erudite without patronising. All in all a rollickingly good read I would recommend to all.
"nothing to like about this book"
The subject, Ralph, is not a likeable person and the plot is incredibly surreal and unlikely. I found myself unable to get any sort of purchase on what was going on and lost interest after trying to persevere for several hours. Other reviewers say the same but keep going a its worth it, but I am sorry, a book has to grip me from the start and this didn't in any shape of form. I have absolutely no interest in what happened next. I am an avid fan of Haruki Murakami whose plots twist and turn in a very surreal manner, but this one by Innes just didn't hit the spot.
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