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Blood Hunt: A Jack Harvey Novel Paperback – 17 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (17 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752844067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752844060
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,267,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unmissable Rankin, gripping, involving and read in style by James Frain. (CHOICE)

is the best of them and is deftly read by James Frain (THE IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A brilliant thriller from the No.1 bestselling author.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
It's great to know that Rankin's talents aren't just restricted to writing about Rebus.
The Jack Harvey books are a completely different style, and equally enjoyable. His writing is first class, sometimes stopping me in my tracks with a brilliant sentence.
His Jack Harvey novels are very good reads, maybe not qutie as good as Rebus, but still very enjoyable. Blood Hunt is probably the best one, although i have enjoyed all three very much.
It was very interesting to learn more about Gordon Reeve (who some readers might remember as being the killer from Knots and Crosses). However, if you are to read this, you must forget the events of Knots and Crosses, and with this book they have been completely forgotten, and Rankin instead builds upon Reeve's character. It builds a nice parrallell universe of "what if". What if Knots and Crosses had never happened? How would Gordon Reeve be?
Anyway, all in all a very good book. One of Rankin's best.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
The basic plot of the book is that an ex-SAS soldier goes to America to pay respects to his brother, who supposedly committed suicide. Only, all is not what it seems. With large, corporate companies, police officers and PI agencies on his tail, the main character, Gordon Reeve, is in a race against time to find out what really happened to his brother, because it soon becomes clear that suicide was not the cause of his brother's death.
A brilliant story, intracately woven with twists and turns, leaving you on the edge of seat. Action & Mystery - Ian Rankin's best book yet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 May 2007
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The short overview of the author's life at the start of this edition left me wondering where he learned as much as he seems to know about commando tactics and hand-to-hand fighting. I am not and have never been a commando or any kind of soldier, and the knowledge that Rankin displays certainly impresses me as it is no doubt intended to do. However I am fairly easily impressed when it comes to such matters, I would guess the majority of the public are similarly placed; and I sense that Rankin knows this. This is an early production from him, and that shows to some extent. I detect that he is still, up to a point, learning and rehearsing his trade as a tough-guy novelist, although I should say before I go any further that I found this book a great read and enjoyed it thoroughly.

A fully professional practitioner in this field would never have left his readers even suspecting that he may not know as much as he lets on, however true that may actually be. There are some other signs too that the author is still getting into his stride. In particular, he seems to lose interest in, almost to forget about, some elements of the plot that he had had flagged up as particularly significant in the early chapters. Who actually killed the hero's brother, for instance? This is the whole starting-point of the narrative, but the focus in the later developments moves elsewhere. The 'family' theme runs into the sand too, and - very strikingly - the 'pink mist' that descends so dramatically on the hero early on simply seems to be crowded out as a thread in the story as it progresses.

Far more important however is that this author really knows how to write a gripping action tale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stephen born on 15 Nov. 2003
Format: Paperback
Fast paced, exciting - a book you just can't put down once you start it.
My only slight critisiscm is that some of the military technicalities aren't consistent with factual based military books I've read, nonetheless definately recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. Martin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I have read all the extensive collection of Rankin’s Rebus novels, and on the basis of these he is my favourite thriller writer. But he has also written a much smaller series ‘as Jack Harvey’ (although I don’t see the point of this device because Rankin’s name appears in large type on the cover) and so I thought I would read one of these.

The plot of ‘Blood Hunt’ is basically straightforward. A former SAS solider, Gordon Reeve, who is now running survivalist-type courses in a remote part of the Scottish mountains, learns that his brother has apparently committed suicide in America. Gordon decides to go there to organize the return of the body. But as soon as he arrives, he is aware of the close attention of police officers and private investigators. He quickly finds that his brother did not take his own life, but was murdered. The race then begins to find out the circumstances of the murder and the role of a powerful pharmaceutical company that seems to be behind the surveillance. The investigative work in America is quite well described, but starts getting rather predictable, as well as unbelievable, when the familiar plotline of criminality of the drug company in covering up the side effects of a new product is introduced.

The action then moves back to Scotland where Gordon is pursued by a group of hired killers acting on behalf of the American company, with the brief to remove him from the scene. This section is far less good as it drifts into James Bond territory, with detailed descriptions of tracking in the mountains, trip wires and explosives, grenade launchers, hand-to-hand combat, and the like. The book ends of course with the ultimate victory of Gordon against overwhelming odds, but what is the nature of the victory.
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