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ingleside, Ontario, Canada
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Political Bullshit

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-18

This would have been a very interesting book if this writer hadn't introduced politics into this story and make condemning remarks to imply a political reason for weather problems. Fantasy bullshit about people trusting their government to make the decisions for them regarding the possibility of real danger is just speculation, and not the truth. Not only that, every new government has to set priorities according to the will of the people or their immediate political reality. People in these jobs know that this will be their challenge after every election. Thank heavens the key woman here thought outside the box and figured a lot of things out. Demeaning the country people as nothing more than yokels by the elitist who wrote this book is nothing short of disgusting. This book belongs on the back shelf of all libraries. I think there are scientific possibilities here for Farmers and they need access to this information. Dragging corporations and all the rest of it into the scenario, tainted this book 'political'. The real goal should be to share information to make everyone's job easier and help protect real people from certain disaster, without double speak and negative labeling.

This Author is exciting and new to me!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-16

This book holds your interest from beginning to end. A lot of research went into this book, the setting locations etc to make it a thriller from beginning to end. I love books set anywhere in Europe which do not distort your vision of the place. I find it crazy that off North America Authors are often advised to write stories substituting the names of streets etc to make them more 'readable' to attract American readership. These frankly piss me off, as I want to read the real deal and hear the names of streets as they should be and the sayings etc of the European individual and how their showers work etc., etc.
Really great book lands you in French Canada with a real look at your surroundings and the people.
Please Audible, provide more of these books. Very well written book,

Your there! Totally involved!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-16

I was raised in the country, and I laughed at the day to day routine of these Doctors, and was relating to their house calls and how this used to be common place in regular Canadian life until the very recent past. This author totally nailed it, and it was as real as rain to me. I laughed at how the Doc's got patients to co-operate and understood their mistakes. They certainly moved the community and had the utmost respect from everyone. Very good read with all the quirks of folk in Ireland.

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The Devil You Know audiobook cover art

Outstanding surprise ending!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-16

This book was an involved 'can't wait for the next chapter' event throughout. I really liked how he developed characters and you were kept guessing. The outcome really makes you want to get the next book, and I laughed out loud when he told her to put her clothes on. Enjoy this one, its worth it.

Atlantis was out there!! Just find it already!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-16

This book was an outstanding read, however sending a boy on a man's errand is the only major criticism I will make. All the information this writer gathered was intriguing and much of it thought provoking. I truly was engaged throughout the book and had trouble walking away or answering the phone. All the interesting people who spend their spare time or retirement trying to solve this most incredible of mysteries is truly amazing.
However the writer truly caved! How these few such as he, could possibly believe, that a serious writer and committed teacher like Plato could possibly write down such an event without doing his research, is a wonder to me. Plato was the most skilled mathematician of his time, and some of his findings amazes scholars today. This was a serious man and not prone to writing crap. I must equate the mindset of these people to the "nay sayers" about the Iliad and Oddesy. Proof that the information there was based on ancient truths was found which would exonerate the author in recent times.
The facts, the measurements and precise details Plato laid out are truly fascinating.To suggest that this was a fantasy he authored and that Atlantis didn't exist is akin to heresy. Don't give up people, I know proof will show up, possibly in the written language not yet decoded by a professional or some physical evidence will be found some day in the future.
Final opinion, this book is a very good, thought provoking read.

Disgraceful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-15

Reading this book had a profound impact on my already existing view of those in powerful positions already flush with money personally, but unbelievably greedy. Imagine those of us who would allow family and extended family to be exterminated (that is murdered for no other reason than race) and say nothing? Even worse, to capitulate with the enemy to the point that they have access to everything including decision making that the average person does not, and to call all the shots to boot? This all in the name of making money?
Shame on Hollywood then, and shame on them today and all those who would manipulate the news rather than report the truth!
This book is a must read for those not privy to the stories told by their fathers who returned from that war. Also, those who want the generation of today to believe and learn that such real crimes by nations and people that look the other way, can and do occur.

Bryce Courtenay

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-15

I have never read a book by this author before, so I can tell you that this book was a complete surprise. This book is a real enigma in that it looks and starts out somewhat low key. I expected a typical history lesson novel, but this was the most exciting involved book I have read in a long time.
There were a fair number of characters but this author managed to keep everything under control and one did not need to keep a list to remember them.
The main characters were excellent and they were all accounted for in the end and the outcome was a smash hit. Pick this book up, it's a must read and it will have you looking out and hanging on until the end to find out what happens.
The reader did an absolutely fine job and definitely contributed to my enjoyment. I loved this book and I and would recommend it to everyone.

Tolstoy a great thinker and observer

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-13

I think this author was an amazing thinker in his time. I should say he was ahead of his time. He writes this story as if he was there or this telling were part of his experience.
He nails the thinking of the characters as one who might have know them. I felt bad about the horse in the end.
The foolishness and the arrogance of the man in charge does not escape my own thoughts about some of the people I have met, not willing to listen to reason. It was amazing to see someone who was living in such an environment and should have understood the danger, but so full of himself that he ignored all the tell tale signs. He did vindicate his main character in the end in a very dramatic way. Tolstoy, one of the best writers ever.

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Rankin's great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-13

This story gets out there rightaway, and you are into it up to your neck. Everything is fast-moving as usual with Rebus sometimes annoying, as his general character is meant to be. I was right with this reading from begining to end. couldn't put the book down(so to speak).
The narrator is excellent and the surprise but very interesting ending had you guessing all the time. Highly recommended reading. I would love to talk with this author, he must be a hoot!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good story, confusing beginning

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-13

The beginning of this story was really screwy. I had to keep backing it up to figure out what was going on. The split between each stage setting narrative was not smooth, and I had trouble keeping the characters sorted out in the beginning. After that point the story unfolded pretty well, but I was looking for more to the whole story. The plot would have been much better if the killer would have seemed more realistic to me. I couldn't figure out how to respond to him.
The rest of the story was very good, and I especially liked how the writer handled the little girl and the people around her.