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The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 17 | [John D. MacDonald]

The Empty Copper Sea: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 17

Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and clear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened. What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a tough town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money.
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Van Harder, once a hard drinker, has found religion. But that doesn't keep folks from saying he murdered his employer, Hub Lawless, whose body hasn't been found. To clear his name, and clear up the mystery, Van asks friend-in-need Travis McGee to find out what really happened. What McGee finds is that Timber Bay is a tough town to get a break in when you're a stranger asking questions. But what he also finds is that, dead or alive, Hub Lawless is worth a lot of money. Some are eager to get a piece of that action - and some are willing to take more than a piece out of anyone who gets in the way.

©1978 John D. MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Steven United States 12-03-12
    Steven United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    I thought I had it all figured out. I knew who the bad guy was. Then it all changed! This one was a very good read (listen?) and well worth the time. You do need to know that some of the characters and plotlines from this one will be continued in the next one - The Green Ripper. So, if you are not reading them in order, make sure you read this one before the next one. An excellent book, with a great ending!

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    Amazon Customer 06-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Travis and The Busted Flush"
    Would you listen to The Empty Copper Sea again? Why?

    I enjoy the characters and the plot lines. I like taking my retirement in installments. Travis is an intelligent warrior with a moral compass I feel comfortable with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Travis, for the above mentioned reasons.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audible books are always enjoyable. I appreciate the lack of "radio play" theatrics. The actor's voice is all I need. He changes voices seamlessly and without noticeable fanfare.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I read the books twenty years or more ago. No extreme reactions, just pure enjoyment.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the good work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 12-01-12
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of John D's best."

    This selection is one of my favorite MacDonald books. The ennui that Travis feels in the early chapters in the book are familiar to those of us who have faced the transition between an elongated adolescence and adulthood. The change in his state of mind is another one of the touchstones that is familiar to those who hit their mid thirties single. There are a few of the contrived or overly dramatic elements that are one of the few weaknesses of the McGee novels. An excellent read for those who are fans of the genre.

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    Debbie Hollywood, Maryland, United States 06-20-12
    Debbie Hollywood, Maryland, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story...Throughly enjoyable"

    Loved this one think it might be my favorite so far! Didn't figure this one out until the end.

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    Rebecca United States 06-05-12
    Rebecca United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Miserable Meyer"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book, one of the later in the McGee series. The reader, however, is obviously unfamiliar with MacDonald's writing. The McGee is fairly well done, but the Meyer voice sounds as if he's a naive sixteen years old. A few of the female voices are indistinguishable from one another. Someone needed to do a bit of homework on the characters! I want to listen to the final McGee book (read it years ago) but with this reader I'm not sure I could take it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Empty Copper Sea?

    McGee's philosophizing about his personal miasma and then renewal.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Petkoff?

    I do not have enough familiarity with your stable of American readers (I generally listen to British fiction) to say. Maybe a resurrected Darren McGavin??? I wish!


    Did The Empty Copper Sea inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The McGee books are what they are. Now they could be criticized for sexism and ageism. But what the heck? Everyone has a bit of McGee hidden somewhere inside. And MacDonald wrote quite a few really good sentences.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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