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The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller | [Timothy Hallinan]

The Fourth Watcher: A Poke Rafferty Thriller

The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.
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Publisher's Summary

The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit. With a rogue American Secret Service agent targeting Rose for her unwitting part in a North Korean counterfeiting operation, Poke can see trouble descending from everywhere to attack those he loves - and it will take every skill he possesses to keep them, and himself, alive.

©2008 Timothy Hallinan (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hallinan offers a taut story line enhanced by an insider’s look at Thai culture. This book features an unlikely but likeable hero and provides readers with an informed glimpse into a world they are not likely to experience otherwise." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    David Houston, TX, United States 01-03-14
    David Houston, TX, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2008

    Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.

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    "Immersive"

    Timothy Hallinan is as good as any mystery/thriller writer I know at immersing the reader in the world and situation of his characters. He uses wonderfully evocative detail to bring Bangkok to vibrant and chaotic life even for someone who has never been there. He paces the development of his plots expertly, keeping multiple threads twining all the time but never allowing them to become confusing or tedious. He holds back just enough information to allow us to enjoy the surprising revelation without feeling that we are being toyed with. And he has created a familiar cast of characters who are so appealing that we cannot help but be invested in their fates. Add more than a dollop of humor, much of it domestic and comically bittersweet to anyone who has lived for more than a couple decades, and you have a mixture so rich and familiar that it feels as though it is coming out of your own family. As a result, there is an intimacy in his writing which makes the threat or occurrence of violence almost physically painful, engaging the listener very powerfully.

    Hallinan is one of the few writers whose books I ration, not wanting to gobble them all up at once. (Jo Nesbo falls into the same category.) I recommend him very highly to listeners who have not yet encountered Poke and Rose and Miaow. You'll have no problem staying immersed in these wonderful stories, I promise.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Morrison Mckenzie NC 10-23-13 Member Since 2014

    Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.

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    "Mr Bevine and Mr Hallinan"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Watcher the most enjoyable?

    There is something about Mr. Bevine's interpretation of Mr. Hallinan's words that makes Poke Rafferty, an over-the-top character, appear to be a believable super human. Definitely a fantastic combination.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-29-12
    Richard Delman San Francisco 01-29-12 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "Tim Hallinan cannot fail."

    If you have had a chance to read any of the Poke Rafferty books, you already know Tim Hallinan, and I may be preaching to the choir. Tim is a unique talent who shows us the life of Bangkok, Thailand in a way that is rich, finely detailed, genuinely empathic with the people who live there, and truly creative. Poke, Miaow and Rose are wonderful creations, and Tim always places them in dire situations, from which they emerge even closer in their small family, and in the broad landscape of Bangkok. This book extends our knowledge of Poke's family to include his father, who abandoned Poke's mother decades ago, and whom Poke hates with an undiluted, fiery passion. They become entangled in a chase for their lives with a Chinese general, a vividly evil character whom you will want to kill yourself. And, Poke unknowingly has a half-sister, the child of his father with a Chinese woman. The plot pulls you along. Every page includes Tim's wonderful sense of humor. Every page includes sentences so finely crafted that it could only be one author who writes them. Bangkok's history and current atmosphere have been extensively researched, and are as realistic as they could possibly be (at least for an American who has only read about them). There are four books in this series. I am eagerly awaiting the next one, as it is hard for me to believe that Tim can top himself. His colleagues seem to think so, almost unanimously. After reading any one of the four, I believe that you will agree. This is a master craftsman who clearly loves his work. The book will be over before you know it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-31-13
    Jennifer 08-31-13
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    "Not cosy escapism - absolutely gripping."

    Not as harrowing as the first in this series, this thriller is an awesome book to listen to. The narration is spot on, excellently delivered and paced.

    It took me months to get the courage up to listen to this (see my review of book 1), but I am very glad I did. I have now bought books 3 and 4 in the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12
    motown Bangor, Maine 12-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    Wow! I love Poke Rafferty. The first book was great and the second book did not disappoint. Meeting Poke's dad and half sister was fun too. The action is fast paced and interesting. I have downloaded the third book and am really looking forward to it. If you like a combination of mysteries, thrillers, interesting characters and good plots, don't hestitate to download any of the Poke Rafferty books. I think the narrator also does a fabulous job with the variety of voices and accents.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Conrad 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    Where does The Fourth Watcher rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book (along with the series thus far) is absolutely among my favorites!


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

    His reading of the book is just right. He brings out the emotions of the story, the various accents of the characters, and the characters' sense of humor.


    Any additional comments?

    As others have said, Hallinan brings Thailand to life and places you right into the city of Bangkok. At the same time, I felt like I was really getting to know these characters. They each had a unique personality and perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 03-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent installment"

    The publisher's summary says it all, as to the basic plot of the story. Everything is going right for Poke, but that is seemingly coming to an end, when Rose is caught up in a counterfeiting scheme, and his long lost Father shows up bringing more danger to Poke's family. What the summary does leave out is the wonderful character development and how you truly feel you know these people along with their struggles. It's an engrossing story that doesn't let you down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy United States 01-28-15
    Nancy United States 01-28-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent Series"

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are well developed; the plot seamless and the narration is flawless. What more could you ask?

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    Amazon Customer South Carolina 01-01-15
    Amazon Customer South Carolina 01-01-15 Member Since 2010

    Bonnieknits

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    "Mr. Hallinan rocks!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Watcher the most enjoyable?

    Victor Bevine does an outstanding job in characterizing Poke and separating the voices of the supporting characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fourth Watcher?

    The bond of friendship and love was so well conveyed that Poke's agony became mine each time he had to make decisions regarding his family and friends. Can't really say more without giving away too much!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure there was a favorite...perhaps the humorous exchanges between Artid, (spelling of this name may be incorrect) his policeman friend and Poke come to mind. The dialog rings true as only someone who has experienced this type of friendship knows. Again, Mr. Hallinan's writing is spot on.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several...however this is where audio fails me. Without the book to leaf thru for reminders, I can't be specific


    Any additional comments?

    I think Timothy Hallinan is one of the best writers of this genre today. Excellent audio and series. Be sure to read in order as there is a progression in the lives of Poke Rafferty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 02-06-14
    PAR-TEE 02-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Bongoman

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    "Not what I expected..."

    I could not finish this book... Just not what I expected based on the reviews...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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