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Beautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches; strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee's houseboat, The Busted Flush. McGee was too smart - and had been around too long - for many of them to touch his heart. Now, however, there was Gretel. She had discovered the key to McGee - to all of him - and now he had something to hope for. Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead. From a mysterious illness, or so they said. But McGee knew the truth; that Gretel had been murdered. And now he was out for blood.

©1979 John D. MacDonald (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Vengeance Road

Gretchen is dead; so the love of McGee's life has just been killed, again. This is the fourth and last good-bye in the McGee falls in love and the woman falls dead genre. So Gretel joins Lois Atkinson (book 1) Nora Gardino (book 5) Puss Killian (book 8) as a member of the "fall for McGee, fall dead cub". The only lead McGee has as to who Gretel's killers might be is a story she told him the night before her death. She and her ex-husband had gone to search for his sister. Outside the town of Ukiah, in rural Northern California they found her in a cult. So with this information McGee steps out of his life and goes hunting; he 's determined that someone will pay.
As it turns out he accidentally stumbles upon the violent side of a left-wing revolutionary group. The cult is planning on an incipient beginning of the revolution and are in training to fire the first shot; so to speak. McGee takes on a new identity as he plots his revenge. I'll stop there so as not to spoil the ending. This is one of my least favorite Travis McGee novels; it is also quite a departure from the other books in the series but all McGee stories are worth the time and the credit. As always when it comes to the writings of John D. MacDonald, I recommend it.

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Love Travis McGee

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it is part of the evolution of Travis and hi associated characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Ripper?

Destroying the terrorist cell.

Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Good

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Don't make Travis mad!

This one pulls out all the stops. You've never seen Travis like this, but you always knew he had it in him. This one kind of picks up where the previous one, “The Empty Copper Sea” left off, so make sure you have read that one first. This one really changes things for Travis. There are only three more novels left, and it looks like Travis is moving into the modern age of terrorism we all live with today. Savor this one, only three more to go….

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Travis’s bloodiest adventure

A premonition off the terrorism that has focused the worlds attention for the last couple of decades. Travis talks about luck and demonstrates skill. Perhaps the morose thoughts Travis exhibits reflect MacDonald’s own aging. I now know the area around Ukiah and L lake city, I didn’t when I read this when it first came out. A pleasure to revisit the story, Travis, and Meyer.

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grim reaper

read this 20 years ago...
McDonald has a sweet style, easy to see everything unfold...

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Still love McGee

This novel was darker than most. Intense. Finding it was like finding a lost friend.
Am going to go back and re-read or listen to the entire series

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Excellent novel

About an 8 on the 1-10 JDM scale which would be a 10 for any other author. I like his other works better, but this is still a great book.

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Best of Breed, Great Travis McGee Novel

Well constructed plot by master storyteller John D. MacDonald. By this point in the series MacDonald's Travis McGee is mature and well rounded as a character. The novel casts McGee in a different role from his other adventures. In the Green Ripper McGee is on a quest seeking revenge for a murdered friend. His is also a loner in the novel taking action without his friend Meyer. This novel became one of my McGee favorites but only after the second reading. In 1986 MacDonald won the American Book award for this novel.

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Too much insight, not enough action

The narrator is great.
In order to not give any "spoilers" I'll just say that what happened in the hospital, definitely needed to happen.
The rest of novel was pretty much a snore: 1) McGee snuck in somewhere and was held there til he could get out
2) McGee did far too much introspection.
3) Meyer wasn't part of book
The very last chapters had some action and were better

I hope McGee returns to his more typical self, has other people's problems to solve, not his own, and 3) Meyer is part of the story.

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John D at the full tide of his skill

I am a huge fan of the Man. I have read and listened to all of the T. McGee many times since the 1970's. I n my opinion this "Green Ripper" is the best of the series.
This is minimalist Mc Gee. Stripped down and and fully aware of the darkness that is out there and inside himself.
I could argue that away from Florida he is a weaker character oK but to truly know this guy read this one

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  • 09-27-18

A great story..Typical of JDM..

Brought to life by vivid narration. Difficult to put down..Am looking forward to the next..