Unexpectedly released moments before his execution, he teams up with the beautiful, feisty, half-Chinese Alice Loong, who is seeking answers to her own troubled past and the death of her mother on that same day in 1983.
Pursued by mysterious enemies who are convinced that Bierce knows more than he is telling about his wife's death, the pair embark on a dangerous race against time to uncover the real truth about the events of that fateful day...
©2007 David Hewson; (P)2007 WF Howes Ltd
"A thriller that makes you want to listen"
I've enjoyed David Hewson's Rome series of detective novels and so was expecting to enjoy this audio book, which I did from the first riveting chapter. It's a different style of book to the Rome series, which comprise intricately constructed webs of clues often linked to some historical artifact or painting. The 'Promised Land' reminded me more of a Robert Goddard thriller with twists and turns and double-crosses. It has a touch of The Fugitive (the TV series starring David Janssen in the 1960s for those of us of a certain age!) in that a man has been imprisoned for apparently killing his wife but the twist in this book is that he can't be sure and neither is the listener until the end of the book.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It took a little time to get into as I had to get used to the narrator's accent but then I was hooked.There is a lot of very droll humour as well as twists and turns galore.The huge leaps forward in technology we take foregranted over the past twenty years are very obvious when we see them through the eyes of a 'dinosaur' who has been in prison as the rest of the world moved ahead without him. Thanks to this technology I was listening into the early hours as I HAD to know 'who dunnit'.Loved it.
"Slow but gets there"
As my title suggests, it is a VERY slow beginning, but persist and you'll find a nice, wee thriller. A cop is on death row, convicted of murdering his wife and child. He still proclaims his innocence, having been knocked unconscious at the scene. Days before the death date, he is released after a felon apparently confessed to the crime, but now various shady characters are after him and he doesn't know why or who to trust.
This is such a good buy. The narrator,sorry forgot hs name, but I'm going to check back and look for books read by him. He did a great job to a great who dunnit. Buy this book and you won't be disappointed.
"The Promised Land"
This is a book I probably wouldn't have 'got into' very quickly had I been reading it, but listening to the narrator telling the story it was compelling. I thoroughly enjoyed every word and listened to it - to and from work every day in my car. Brilliant - and quite different to the Italian novels.
"Not for me"
Did not enjoy this book at all. Didn't enjoy the story or the narrator, won't be downloading any more by this author.
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