Two-time Ned Kelly Award-winning author Michael Robotham has earned an international following with intense psychological thrillers like Shatter and Lost. The Wreckage is inspired by a real-life heist at the Central Bank of Iraq - the largest such crime in history. Millions of dollars are missing from Iraqi banks, and journalist Luca Terracini will stop at nothing to find the money. But the closer he gets to the truth, the more his actions reverberate around the world.
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Bought this on the recommendation of a Sunday New York Times book review as a great "summer read". Strong storyline, believeable characters, contemporary theme (Iraq, Wall Street), punchy yet believeable dialogue, well paced, and one terrific narrator in Sean Barrett! Kudos all around.
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ABSOLUTELY. I think Michael Robotham is one of our BEST mystery writers. Impossible for me to understand any reviews that were not outstanding....he is a master of unpredictable intrigue and endings. I literally had to force myself to take a break from this spellbinding read. After reading Suspect, narrated by Simon Prebble, I suspected it would be difficult to listen to another narrator....I was wrong, Sean Barrett was unbeatable. I'm looking forward to Robotham's 'LOST" as my next book....I can't get enough of him.
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This book was sort of "disjointed". Although we have the same characters Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin and the retired police detective, the plot is hard to follow. Actually it really does not make that much sense. It involves money being stolen from Iraq banks so of course we have the arab terrorists, double crossing CIA agents and your other usual characters including the beautiful arab girl. I would say it is not a "terrible" book but the others from this author are much better. I preferred Shatter and Bomb Proof. If you have not listened to those start there first. If you don't like those than you won't like this. The narration of all these books quite good.
Great plot, wonderful mystery, pitch perfect characters. Loved every minute of this great read. Reader is excellent.
I would recommend this book for the story. I'd also look for more books by this author and narrator.
The publisher’s dust jacket blurb about “The Wreckage: A Thriller,” by Michael Robotham, was more thrilling than the book itself. The premise of the story was good enough, but the author’s technique of telling separate stories in London and Baghdad, which took way too long to coalesce, made the book mediocre at best. By the time Robotham got to the point, I had ceased to care. The reader was okay.
I enjoyed the way the author had several stories running on a collision course and wound them all together to complete the story. The ending was not disappointing and no character was left hanging.
The book is slow, but the main problem I have with it is that every single character has a tragic past and a depressing present. Couple that with deadpan narration and the whole experience was deeply depressing. Avoid it.
seeing, through the writer's eyes, life in a troubled country
I liked the way the three(or was it four)different stories, told separately, come together, and how each character in that story work together to get to a solution
as usual great narration that helps add a 3d effect to the characters, that I don't get by reading them on a page
not an extreme reaction, no, but parts of it did make me cry
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