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Camino Island Audiobook

Camino Island

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All trails became dead ends. Tips that had at first seemed urgent now faded away. The waiting game began. Whoever had the manuscripts would want money, and a lot of it. They would surface eventually, but where and when, and how much would they want?

The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.

A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts....

©2017 Belfry Holdings, Inc (P)2017 Random House Audio

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    6/7/17
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    "An Island Story Adrift From its Plot"

    I've always liked a good John Grisham; when he's on form with his legal thrillers he's the master of his domain. My impression is that when he strays off his home turf and tries to play away the results are a little more mixed. Camino Island has done nothing to change my mind.

    There's the positive in that I found the characters engaging with the decadent literary clique he creates on the island genuinely enjoyable. The story is interesting and the idea is good but the whole thing never took off for me or got the pulse racing. The heist is by modern thrillers fairly standard Ocean's Eleven fayre without the killer cleverness. The plotting isn't of the highest standard. For example one of the highly professional and experienced thieves who had a criminal record chooses to ignore something he really would have known meant serious trouble.

    The narration by January Lavoy is of her normal high standard. She reads very clearly and at a brisk pace while managing a wide range of character voices. There is one female character on the island that is written as a soft touch to be fair but who ends up coming out as a wet enough blanket to dowse any small house fire!

    Throughout though there was no great feeling of ongoing jeopardy and the main subject seemed often distant or in the background. This meant that while this is fairly enjoyable reading it never builds up any great head of steam or excitement. In all a pleasant rather than exciting or spectacular read that won't stay long in the mind or make it into most people's Grisham top ten list.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • K. R. Fellows
    6/22/17
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    "Plot got lost"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked to see the heist plot and characters developed


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Grisham again?

    Of course, usually worth a listen even when not at his best


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favourite?

    Only two characters of any prominence, neither had any charisma


    Could you see Camino Island being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Teenage cinema audience would be bored silly


    Any additional comments?

    The heist plot got submerged by the flood of luvvie writer wittering. Mr Grisham being too self indulgent I fear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • youngboy
    6/19/17
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    "wasted credit."

    exiting start and then a history of old book shops. poor book in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Berwell
    UK
    6/18/17
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    "A huge disappointment."

    Usually I really enjoy Grishams. But this was awful. Dull plot with zero tension, boring characters, padded-out descriptions of irrelevant details.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Pearce-Ramwell
    6/13/17
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    "Beautifully narrated compelling listen"

    What a great story. Extremely well narrated. Kept me hooked all along the journey. Felt slightly like an abridged work as some of the narrative could have been expanded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    6/21/17
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    ""Excellent beginning deplorable ending. ""


    A great start that basically goes nowhere, very frustrating it had a plot that was full of possibility characters that had a great beginning and all just went flat and pointless.

    Not worth the money or the time for a proper review

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • catherine ozoude
    6/23/17
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    "Not as good as the Pelican Brief"

    In an effort to be politically correct and current, John added storylines that were unnecessary. The inclusion of the two female burnt out neighbours / writers /lovers spoilt the story. I fast- forwarded their conversations.
    The book is ok but average. It cannot hold a candle to the Pelican Brief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    6/22/17
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    "Damp squib"

    Didn't enjoy this book at all and I thought it was as poor as Grey Mountain.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline Murphy
    6/11/17
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    "This is not Grisham!"

    Boring slow I cannot believe this was a Grisham. I felt cheated as I left be all the regular Grisham s

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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