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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (31 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065082
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Into the Blue which won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw.

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"As always, Goddard delivers a thoughtful and fast-moving tale with well-drawn characters." (Irish Independent)

"The grubby supporting characters are vivid, the plotting is ingenious" (Sunday Times)

"Robert Goddard is a very accomplished writer and this, his twenty-second novel, is as good as any I have read." (Avanti Magazine)

"A page-turning thriller" (Choice Magazine)

"The twists, turns and triple crosses will have you hooked ... a truly manipulative storyteller." (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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The breathtaking new race-against-the-clock thriller from the master of the triple cross

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2013
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Edward Hammond is a surgeon, living in London. However, his comfortable and well ordered life is fatally disrupted when he is contacted about a transplant operation which he conducted many years earlier. The patient was a Serbian warlord, Dragan Gazi, and Hammond was well paid for the operation. However, it all returns to haunt him and he is soon deeply and unwillingly involved. It is all like a fly caught in a spider's web and, as he ducks and dives, he becomes ever more securely trapped.

This is a well plotted book which keeps up the momentum throughout. Strangely, though, it seems to come to a logical conclusion about 70-80 pages before the end and what follows is almost a separate, but connected story. Not uninteresting, but a little strange. It is almost as though the author finished his book, decided it was a little too short for a novel and then set about writing a novella to add on at the end and to bring it all up to an appropriate length.

However, Robert Goddard certainly knows how to put together a good tale and has quickly become one of my favourite authors. His descriptions of people forced out of their normal comfort zone into situations over which they have little control are particularly well described and in this book the reader quickly comes to share Hammond's feelings of helplessness. Probably not the author's best, but a very good read nonetheless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 July 2011
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I am a Robert Goddard fan through and through. Even his supposedly below-par books I found excellent.

'Blood Count' is typical Goddard. He takes a normal, to a point bland protaganist and thrusts him into a world of lies, betrayal, criminality and murder, a world in which our 'hero' manifestly doesn't belong. And this time that 'hero' is Edward Hammond, who, after performing life-saving surgery on a Serbian warlord during the Nineties, sees his actions come back to haunt him in the present.

The plot moves along at Goddard's usual pace, steadily but surely, as the tension is subtly cranked. Around every corner Hammond finds a new obstacle, bigger and more problematic. The writing is, in a word, beautiful - perhaps the author's greatest asset is his ability to write tense thrillers with a literary bent.

As with many Goddards, the story fizzles out slighty towards the conclusion, but that doesn't matter. With his stories it's not the destination but the journey.

You're bound to enjoy this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bluebell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 April 2011
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I've read all Robert Goddard's novels and enjoyed them all. Not surprisingly with so many under his belt, they vary in quality. His 2009 offering ASIN:B0031RS4AM Found Wanting]] was a bit of a dip in quality; with an improvement last year with [ASIN:0593060261 Long Time Coming]]. Blood Count is more like vintage Goddard: a pacy plot with lots of twists and turns and surprises along the way. As is often the case in his books the main character, in this case a surgeon, Edward Hammond, gets himself embroiled in dastardly plots and deceptions conceived by others. He makes foolhardy decisions that lead him into endless scrapes. All exciting stuff that bowls the reader along wanting to find out what happens next as Hammond races back and forth across Europe trying to track down evidence that will exonerate him from blame for his estranged wife's death. The plot is topical with Serbian war criminals, untraceable movements of money and buried in the narrative issues of morality.
Enjoyable stuff: recommended if you've enjoyed Goddard's earlier books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Perfectionist? on 14 Nov. 2011
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I have to agree with the apparently common (but not universal) view of RG fans that this is another of his recent offerings that falls more into the "routine thriller" category than many of his earlier works. It's not that this isn't an enjoyable read by many standards - it's just that the storyline is less complex (one earlier reviewer aptly used the term "linear"), the characters less engaging, and, for me, the whole less satisfying than I had come to expect of RG. I say "had" rather than "have" because I'm sorry to say I'm now beginning to wonder whether RG will be able to reach his earlier standards with future novels, particularly if he is now inclined to shift from his more complex plotting towards action thrillers. One final point - I wrote the foregoing as an RG fan: this is still worth reading. (For those unfamiliar with RG and who want to read him at his best, in my view you can't do better than his first "Past Caring".)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gary J. Murray on 5 April 2011
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Although some have criticized the prolific Robert Goddard for being too formulaic in his approach, I for one find a level of comfort in knowing in advance what to expect from his novels: brilliantly constructed plots; unexpected twists and turns as the story develops; an apparantly overmatched protaganist fighting seemingly insurmountable odds; interesting and well-drawn characters; and a hightened sense of excitement as the story moves swiftly and inexorably to its conclusion. "Blood Count" satisfies on all these levels and more. This is Mr. Goddard's 22nd novel and it amazes me how he is still able to turn out such an entertaining page-turner of the first order. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carroty Nell on 27 Feb. 2012
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Dr Edward Hammond has performed a life-saving transplant operation on Dragan Gazi, Serbian paramilitary leader, now on trial at the Hague for war-crimes. Hammond finds his past dealings with Gazi catching up with him in a murderous and chilling way.

Goddard succeeds in capturing all the horror of the Bosnian war without over-statement. The prose is flowing and reader-friendly. The pacing is fine with the right balance between tense action and sedate scenes.

'Blood Count', though, is rather like a master-class in thriller writing. Goddard gets just about everything right... but at the expense of that indefinable spark of spontaneity which transforms a good, competent novel into a truly outstanding and special one. There are moral dilemmas in the plot, but no really unusual or surprising twists. Nor is Hammond a particularly memorable hero.

To sum up, Blood Count is a decent but, ultimately, ordinary thriller.
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