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Harry Barnett, a middle-aged failure, leads a shabby existence. He is reduced to caretaking a friend's villa on the island of Rhodes and working in a bar to earn his keep. Then a guest at the villa - a young woman he had instantly warmed to - disappears on a mountain peak. Under suspicion of her murder, Harry becomes obsessed by the mystery that has changed his life and begins to trace back the movements and encounters that led to the moment where she vanished into the blue.

©1990 Robert and Vaunda Goddard (P)2012 Audible Ltd

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Goddard never lets me down. Another great book.

I have to say, I have yet to pull a rock when choosing a Goddard title. They always have the best narrators. Even though you start to pick up a formula to his books, he is one of the few authors that can pull it off and make you want to come back for more. Everything about this book I enjoyed. The characters, scenes, plot and twists. Classic Goddard. Highly recommend to anyone.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 08-22-13

This is a L-O-N-G book!

I was hooked by the audio narration early on, as well as Harry's likeable-schmuck-in-a-fix persona. Rhodes setting proved a strong start, with Inspector Melteades being a character I'd hoped to see more of (spoiler: we don't). I won't say the story gets "bogged down" in the middle, rather that so much happens that I had trouble keeping straight who was who; so, I paused partway through, coming back to the book after several days away. I'd say that helped as the tension escalates in the final third of the book. Strong finish with a surprise twist - at least I would never have seen it coming!

Definitely recommended, even with the complicated plotline making the story a bit of a chore to get through at times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Thumping Good Listen

Won the 'W H Smith Thumping Good Read Award' in 1990 for this story
First of three books about Harry.

The second is 'Out of the Sun'
'Never go Back; is the third (not yet available through Audible)

And yes it is a good story. 22 years later it is still a good yarn. And well read by Paul Shelly.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Waihi, New Zealand
  • 08-27-13

kept you guessing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Blue?

The're quite a few as it twisted and turned and filled with suspense.

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

The story make you feel for the lead character as he tried to figure but where she had vanished to

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  • Celia
  • Topanga, CA, United States
  • 02-07-14

Better than most, but not the best Goddard

Beautifully written as he always is, intricate and surprising as usual, but not his best book. If you are new to Goddard start with Painting the Darkness or Caught in the Light, which I think are better. Narration is wonderful as always. I wish every author could use narrators of this quality.

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What a great tale and so well performed.

Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Blue to be better than the print version?

Though I haven't read the print version, there's just something about having all of the international characters come to life with their accents and foibles that really makes the performance superior.

What other book might you compare Into the Blue to and why?

Ian Rankin's Scottish detective series. I guess because both sets of heros aren't ashamed of their flaws- they both drink and smoke too much and are well past their prime but still have some guile when they need it.

What about Paul Shelley’s performance did you like?

His ability to take on such a wide sweep of character dialogues.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a perfect book for a looong drive at 18 hours. I usually prefer about 8 hours but this definitely kept outr interest for a long vacation drive this summer.

Any additional comments?

Into the Blue has a great mix of mystery and adventure with many characters drawn in great detail. It was one that I didn't have to cringe to listen to with my wife and family the way I sometimes do with a lot of sex and violence and profanity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Elegant writer, solid plot

I like Robert Goddard. He's evidence of a solid liberal arts education. There's nothing showy in his writing. It's more like a glass you can see through than a decorative object to admire.

The plot works, with the hero having only a couple (one big) stupid moments that serve to propel the plot without being reasonable. That's the reason I didn't give 5 stars.

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 01-30-14

Favourite of his so far

I was all set to find the middle section long, based on the other reviews, but I didn't at all. Nor did I find any characters or storylines abandoned, but maybe I missed it! This is my third Robert Goddard book and it seemed perfectly paced. There is lots to keep one's interest along the way and much to reveal at the end.

I find that I can't listen to his books one right after another, because of the similar elements (revenge, betrayal, nothing is what it seems, etc.), but after a brief rest, I'll return for more. Clearly, it doesn't seem to matter what the external circumstance is in terms of plot and setting, because he makes it a good story in each case. I'm fond of plots with political overtones myself because it lifts things out of the merely personal into a wider sphere. I'll look forward to the next one soon! I'll have to remember to have a dictionary nearby next time for the occasional new word. That's the mark of a good novel for sure!

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  • Poppey
  • 05-16-13

Brilliant

Couldn't put this one down; From Greece to UK and back again; riveting. Good storyline. Great narration.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 03-10-13

A mystery sustained right to the last...

The blue seas and rocky hillsides of "Into The Blue" are atmospheric enough to give a real taste of the Greek Isles after the clear but not long descriptions.



There are enough red herrings to keep you guessing as to the culprit and the motive of the disappearance. At one point I was saying in my head to Harry Barnett, "Don't say it, don't say it." but of course he did and that made me really annoyed with him, which goes to show how involved I had become!



This is a fairly long book which requires a bit of concentration. There's lots of subtle plot machinations and there were a few surprises as well as a couple of predictable outcomes but these are not revealed until the very end.



If you want a good mystery, you'll find this book thoroughly enjoyable and worth listening to.

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  • Mr
  • 05-08-13

Another great tale!

I discovered Goddard through Audible. I have been an avid reader throughout my life but not read his work. Some authors do not translate well to the spoken word, notably Ludlum, but I find Robert Goddard works beautifully in talking books. The pace, the story lines add up to a marvellous listening experience. "Into the Blue" is another example of how listening to books can be a joy.

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  • penny
  • 04-13-13

Just what the Dr ordered

breast cancer prompted my introduction to audiobooks. This is my first book it is gripping from start to finish and keeps you hooked. Every time you think you've sussed it another page another twist. Excellent. Would recommend as a first class read or should I say listen. Robert Goddard you have a new fan.

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  • NICOLA
  • 09-25-17

enjoyable

This is a good story and like all robert goddard full of twists and turns
it was very well read which always adds to the enjoyment.


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  • S. E. Huxford
  • 08-17-17

A great story

Simply love Robert Goddard's books. All different and all complicated enough to allow for re-reading. A good narrator too.

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  • K. Stephen
  • 04-07-13

worth it but reservations

First of all I enjoyed Into The Blue, Goddard writes very well and effectively and engagingly recounts any situation - even when nothing much is happening.

However, here and there I find Goddard's choice of vocabluary verbose and over-worked, which on occasion interefered with my involvement and submersion in the narrative - especially so, seeing as the first person narrator Harry Barnett is a chap from a standard background and education, where I come from indeed - so I found some of his reflections unbelievable and past any elegance descending in to academe speak.

The dénouement was of Ancient Grecian Mythic proportions and kept me smiling and entertained for well over two hours.

During this lengthy explanation I was mildly angry for half an hour as Goddard used a relational character plot device I found distasteful, but then in 1990 Britain (or England and Wales) were still in the ambiance of clause 28 of the local Government act and all the licence that gave to certain social attitudes.

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