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Skinner's Festival | [Quintin Jardine]

Skinner's Festival

Every August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its famous festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street, and a man is killed. A few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State – apparently from a freedom group – demanding political separation from England. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CID, quickly assembles his team, with SAS backup.
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Every August thousands of tourists and performers flood into Edinburgh for its famous festival. But this year, on the very first day, an explosion rocks Princes Street, and a man is killed. A few hours later, a threatening letter is delivered to the Secretary of State – apparently from a freedom group – demanding political separation from England. Assistant Chief Constable Bob Skinner, head of CID, quickly assembles his team, with SAS backup.

Yet, despite a huge security check, the escalating situation claims its second victim. Skinner begins to suspect that this is no ordinary group of bloodthristy fanatics, but skilled professionals with access to highly sophisticated weapons; a trained task force with an agenda that now threatens the ancient honour of Scotland…

©1994 Quintin Jardine (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Lillian
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    3/12/13
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    "Skinner's Festival"

    I am a Skinner addict. This was one of his early books. So much more enjoyable to listen to it. James Bryce is the perfect narrator for Quintin Jardine's novels.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shiona
    3/17/15
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    loved the book, I really enjoy listening to James Bryce. narrate ...he brings the characters alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Derby, United Kingdom
    3/4/15
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    Performance
    Story
    "Skinner's Folly"
    Would you try another book written by Quintin Jardine or narrated by James Bryce?

    I was not sure about the first book in series Skinners Rules (see addition comments), but I thought I would give the second book a go, but it made me realise I would not read another one.


    Has Skinner's Festival put you off other books in this genre?

    No, just this series


    What three words best describe James Bryce’s performance?

    occasionally strange accents


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the book is OK, there are some elements that I found too annoying to continue with it


    Any additional comments?

    Without trying to spoil the plot, there is probably the biggest ongoing terrorist attack Scotland has ever seen, but Skinner manages to have sex on a beach, sex at home twice, still have evenings off. I was a bit concerned in the first book when I was told the size of his male member (WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW THIS!!) Skinner is just too perfect, or maybe I am just jealous, it just all stretched reality a little too far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Macdonald
    York, England
    5/28/14
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    "Skinner absolutely loves himself."
    Would you try another book written by Quintin Jardine or narrated by James Bryce?

    No! Never again. Anyone who loves himself as much as the smug self-satisfied Skinner has absolutely turned me off the character, the flaws of the plot and his amazing powers."Skinner looked back and thought he'd done very well" Smirk smirk! Ugh!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    He'd have flaws, make mistakes then recover.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Jardine can write, maybe he just loves his character, but boy Skinner is as shallow as it comes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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