In depression era Key West, Ernest "Papa" Hemingway becomes embroiled in a plot that involves illegal gambling and smuggling refugees when he finds himself the suspect in the murder of a Cuban prostitute. Working with the mysterious former Scotland Yard inspector, Emmet MacWain, they delve into the dark side of this sunny paradise and find the answers that may help save hundreds of innocent lives as well as their own.
©2008 BluewaterPress, LLC (P)2013 Patrick Kendrick
The author has done a good job of mixing history, world events, greed, intrigue into a fast-moving murder mystery centering it around the famous author Ernest (Papa) Hemingway. The action is amazing throughout. There is great interplay with Hemingway, his wife Pauline, the Sheriff, and a Scotsman, Emmet MacWain, newly retired inspector from Scotland Yard and now living in Key West. Into this mix are the many Cubans living there and also many Jews fleeing from Germany. Enjoyable audiobook
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I haven't read the print / E book edition. But I was impressed with Tim Campbell's voice acting on the Audible edition. Excellent character representations, exceptional accents and he nails dialects. Great pace, great voice for listening to. His work added a lot to my enjoyment and to the success of the project. To be truthful, he was much better at bringing the story to life than my own imagination may have been able to do by reading it in print.
I like Historical Fiction. I found a lot of what I enjoy in the Max Allan Collins' Matt Heller series in this book. Emmett MacWain is a fantastic Protagonist. And Hemingway, his entourage, the people of the Florida Keys, the sub story of the Jews immigrating to Cuba and Cubans coming to America... extremely interesting. Add the murders and skullduggery.
MacWain ... "introducing" himself to Papa! lol
I was enmeshed with the characters, the setting and the whole story!
This is a good un! It had the components that kept me involved until the end.
Thank you for the opportunity to review it!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part.
This book is filled with Suspense and Interesting well written characters which made it very very
difficult to put down.
The mystery in the story line kept me guessing until the very end.
I don't want to give anything away, so, I will just say that this book is a Good Read and
addition to anyone who enjoys a Mystery.
Tim Campbell did well with the narration as usual.
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Hemmingway, Miami Mobsters and a Pre-Revolutionary Cuba all add twists and turns to this well told story. If you worship Hemmingway you might be disappointed. But , if you appreciate him as a Great Writer but the weaknesses of a man, you will enjoy the story as a retired detective from Scotland Yard reluctantly works his way through all of the challenges that are before him.
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A good listen makes for an amazing day!
The story fell apart for me. I wanted it to lift me up and keep going but it just didn't. The characters were good and the narration was okay, but I wished the story would follow.
A good solid effort
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No. I don't care to read books twice. I already know how it ends
The caricatures and the place went very well together.
He was quite good at bring the caricatures to life.
No. It's what I would call an easy read.
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Well done historical fiction / murder mystery. Several authors have used this era as a back drop for their novels and Patrick Kendrick's take is an authentic and satisfying representation of the genre. I found the protagonist to be laudable and the portrayal of a down in his cups Hemingway believable. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher but had I stumbled over this book on my own, certainly would have bought a copy. Thanks
A novel set in 1939, in Key West, Florida, at the end of the depression era and on the verge of humanity being tipped into World War II, Patrick Kendrick successfully blends fact and fiction to build this truly impressive book. Not knowing what to expect, I had anticipated from the opening chapters that this would be a colourful murder mystery set around the central figure of real life, famous adventurer author, Ernest Hemingway, and it was. I had also anticipated from the stunningly simple but vibrant cover illustration that there would be humour. And there was. But there was so much more as the story catapults into the social and political events of the era and incorporates beautiful women, gangsters, folklaw, prostitution, prejudice, murders, mosquitoes, sharks, sunshine, hurricane, love, jealousy, greed, betrayal, loyalty and a Scottish ex Scotland Yard detective.
Starting with the simple discovery of the almost decapitated body of a woman found close to the blood splattered unconscious, drunken Hemingway, ex detective Emmet MacWein is asked by the charming Pauline, wife of the loutish author, to look into the killing in the hopes that someone else had committed the murder. As he does so, what had appeared to be a simple crime opens up into the revelation of profiteering and cruelty throughout the whole area with tentacles reaching even to the centre of government.
It takes a reader of considerable talent to convincingly perform such a vast storyline and Tim Campbell's narration was suitably impressive. Staying calm and measured throughout, he manages to give credible voice to all of the host of characters, each distinctive and with appropriate accent. Even his Scottish dialogue - and there is a lot of it as one of the foremost figures is from that country - is pretty good, in spite of being a notoriously difficult accent to emulate. His calm reading helps to.ground the sometimes frenetic action and make it all the more horrific in so doing. An excellent performance.
This is a book which will stay with me for a long time. Although set in a period some eighty years ago, the underlying themes are still as alive and true now as then and in this current period of troubles and people being forced to flee from their homes, we would all do well to remember what can develop from the uncaringness of others. My deep thanks to the right's holder who gifted me a copy of this amazing book, via Audiobook Boom. I have been enriched by it and recommend it to everyone.
This book was hard for me to get through. There are parts that I liked but just as many that didn't keep my interest piqued enough to really enjoy it. It was neat to think of Hemingway in this way and I did like some of the characters but for the most part this book just dragged on for me. I kept waiting for the pace to pick up and it would seem like it was going to but, didn't. This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review.
: Patrick Kendrick
I like historical fiction so I found the concept of using a non-fictional person as a main character somewhat intriguing. The author wove a lot of different aspects from history with new concepts, romance, murder mystery, and suspense to keep the listeners on edge.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Tim Campbell did great with the different accents and dialects, making the listening more enjoyable.
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