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The Scarlet Ruse: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 14 | [John D. MacDonald]

The Scarlet Ruse: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 14

Travis McGee is too busy with his houseboat to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps. Except these are no ordinary stamps. They are rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars worth of rare. And if McGee doesn't recognize their value, perhaps Mary Alice McDermit, a six-foot knockout who knows all the ways to a boat bum's heart, will. Only it's not McGee's heart that's in danger. Because a syndicate killer has put a contract on McGee.
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Travis McGee is too busy with his houseboat to pay attention to the little old man with the missing postage stamps. Except these are no ordinary stamps. They are rare stamps. Four hundred thousand dollars worth of rare. And if McGee doesn't recognize their value, perhaps Mary Alice McDermit, a six-foot knockout who knows all the ways to a boat bum's heart, will. Only it's not McGee's heart that's in danger. Because a syndicate killer has put a contract on McGee. A killer who knows a thing or two about stamps...and even more about McGee.

©1973 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 06-04-12
    Fritz Moraga, CA, United States 06-04-12

    No matter where you go, there you are.

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    "This Is Not Great Literature, BUT.........."

    JDM's McGee books are all essentially cookie-cutter versions of one another. But thay are all tremendously entertaining and as readable as books come. The difference, what makes MacDonald great, is that each one is as interesting as the last, on and on and on. Unlike the Child/Reacher series that has gone blasé and predictable to a fault, the McGee adventures never fail to entertain and enlighten.
    These books are not as politically correct as most are today (so as not to offend our tender sensibilities) but frankly I don't give a damn. It is intelligent testosterone with a big spash of philosophy. I love them all.

    And Robert Petkoff IS Travis and Meyer and the rest. Possibly the premier match between pen and voice to date!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 09-11-12
    Amazon Customer United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Friends help move, great friends help move bodies!"

    Starts off slow, but builds to a VERY powerful climax. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about stamp collecting, but it was worth the trip. It starts off as sort of a "locked room mystery," but soon turns into thrill ride through organized crime and psychopathic killers. The end left me wondering how in the Hell Travis is going to survive seven more books! Not my favorite overall, but this one has a lot going for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12
    John Carrollton, TX, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.

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    "A fun book"

    I first read most of John D McDonald's novels at first printing. This book was a fun read then. Today, I listened to the audio version and enjoyed it for some of the same reasons, but I found any references to cost, technology, and the relative values of the time most interesting. To say I was impressed with the plot/story line, writing today as much as I did in the 60's would be misleading. JOHN D. just doesn't match up to current mystery writers like Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, or even Clive Cussler. However, this is still a fun read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 07-30-14
    rick PURLEAR, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Mediocre and Convoluted"

    A story about a sociopath who steals a small fortune in, of all things, stamps. Travis begins his investigation and a woman working in the shop is killed. McGee then meets her father-in-law Major General Samuel Horace Lawson who is one of the best characters in this book and provides for an upbeat chapter. One of the weaknesses of a few of the lesser McGee novels is MacDonald's attempts to substitute plot twists for a solid story. This one does so in several places and McGee's poor choice in selecting a girlfriend in this novel doesn't do much to strengthen the story. One of the low points of the middle books in the series is the increasing presence of McGee's friend Meyer without a suitable role for him in them. Unlike the better works in which he's featured i.e. Pale Gray for Guilt or Dress her in Indigo Meyer seems to lack a real role in the narrative. Maybe this story would have been smoother had his part in it either been diminished or defined in a better way. Finally the ending of this one in which a woman from a previous book serves herself up to McGee on a platter to him. It's a regular theme of MacDonald's that good women sacrifice for men. This particular woman does, even though her reason for doing is unclear. All in all this is one of the 2 or 3 weakest of the 21 McGee mysteries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kay Arnold Northern California 09-23-12
    Kay Arnold Northern California 09-23-12 Member Since 2012

    LOVE All books by Lee Child, and Vince Flynn and J.A.Jance

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    "a little convoluted but ultimately fulfilling end."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the small number of people in story...as it is easier to 'keep track of characters" when listening.


    What other book might you compare The Scarlet Ruse to and why?

    i can only compare to authors other books because his writing style is one of my favorites.
    Continues to include some of same characters in other books, like old friends...


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I do like his performance....but I must admit I still think of main character as performed by Darin Mc Gavin in many past books. Just part of my memories....


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

    Not extreme but sort of shocked at extent of main characters injuries..


    Any additional comments?

    Love the name of his houseboat--"Busted Flush"--won it in a high stakes poker game..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D SATELLITE BEACH, FL, United States 08-20-12
    D SATELLITE BEACH, FL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book with mild performance shortcomings."

    This would be a four or five star rating if rated as a traditional book. The single problem is that the book is written in the first person and the narrator just does not sound, in my opinion, like you would expect McGee to sound. Nothing wrong with his voice, but the emphasis, phrasing, etc. just does not seem to be McGee.

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