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Cape Fear (Travis Mcgee Novel)

Cape Fear (Travis Mcgee Novel) [Kindle Edition]

John D. MacDonald
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My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any 'literature' writer - yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale (Dean Koontz)

To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen (Kurt Vonnegut)

A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about the best (Mary Higgins Clark)

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A dark, psychological thriller, first published in 1957 as The Executioners and filmed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro.

Max Cady, a brutal rapist, has been in prison for years, nursing his hatred for the man who put him away, attorney Sam Bowden.

When Cady gets parole, he begins stalking Bowden's family.

As Cady's campaign of terror mounts, the police are powerless to protect the family who must use their wits to survive a psychopath bent on revenge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: The Murder Room (14 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Obviously a trifle old fashioned as it was written in the fifties -but well written with believable characters,although it should not be
billed as a Travis McGee novel.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald 23 July 2009
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This particular book is a Bloomsbury Film Classics paperback (a series that never gives you much detail of either author or film) with a cover showing Robert de Niro as the villain of the tale. He doesn't physically resemble the villain in the book but never mind; much is different in this original novel of the 1950s harking back to events in the war. Scorsese made the 1991 big screen adaptation, although it had previously been filmed in 1962 apparently. It was an obvious 1980s/90s favourite because it's the story of a stalker, that now much overworked theme of the hidden psycho who kills the family pet then has his eye on the hero's wife and daughters and so on. And for that reason alone (that this theme has since been done to death) I was less attached to this than other early John D. MacDonalds I have been reading, which is slightly unfair as this was probably the original of all those later filmed copies. MacDonald is incapable of writing poorly and anything bearing his name is worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cape Fear 8 Sep 2014
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I read this book because I am a Lee Child fan and he wrote that he was inspired by MacDonald.... it was a good book and I enjoyed it, but I still like Lee Child best! maybe because they are more up to date. however, I would probably read more of MacDonald's books, although I don't think they are available on the High Street or libraries as they were written mainly in the fifties and sixties. Looks like it's Amazon, then!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Aug 2014
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A classic and the orginal version of the film is also a classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compact Thriller with Good Character Development 16 May 2008
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This tidy novel by John D. MacDonald would probably be lost today in the tidal wave of 20th-century thrillers and mysteries, if it weren't for the 1962 movie version with Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck (and the 1991 remake by Martin Scorsese, which I have not seen). While the book has a bit less action than the movie, it does develop the characters in much more interesting ways. The Sam of the book, for example, is more human and less steely jawed than Gregory Peck's portrayal, while his wife has more of a take-charge attitude than Polly Bergen displayed. We also learn more about the villain than the 1962 movie revealed.

The plot and various details of the setting are quite different from the 1962 movie. The setting is not specific (and has nothing to do with the Cape Fear River). The climax and the events leading up to it are especially unlike the movie (a nice surprise).

One other aspect of the book I need to comment on: MacDonald's portrayal of law practice is a little off the mark. First, in a conversation with one of his law partners, Sam is told that he's the token honest man in the firm, that every law firm has one, and that most lawyers are continually bending the rules. In reality, most lawyers are very particular about the rules; the rule-benders and corner-cutters are the minority. Second, at one point Sam calls his partner to "ask" if he can take a week off. Law-firm partners (especially in a small firm like Sam's) are all "bosses"; they don't need to ask each other for permission to take time off. (They may ask another partner if s/he wouldn't mind covering a matter while they're gone, but that's not what Sam was doing.) In any event, those are minor quibbles.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compare and contrast/Movie vs. Book 18 July 1999
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Though John D. MacDonald's "The Excecutioners" (renamed "Cape Fear" after the release of the movie) is an exceptional novel, one cannot help but compare it to the movie. Somehow, seeing these performances put on screen and portrayed to electrifying intensity (most notably the 1962 version, where Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck crackle with tension -- and Mitchum performs one of the most believeable performances ever filmed) makes it even better than merely reading it. I am not saying that, overall, movies are better than books, I believe neither medium is "better", both having their own advantages. MacDonald sure needs to receive kudos, though, for writing mounting suspense and for creating a memorable character in the villain Max Cady. Book: ****1/2. Movie ('62): *****. Movie ('91): ****1/2.
4.0 out of 5 stars Watched the movie first Mea Culpa 16 Dec 2014
By Michele Favini - Published on
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This is the first MacDonald novel i read, being a HUGE Stephen King fan if he says it is worth it any doubt vanishes it is a real pity as usual to have seen the flick of anything first. The same goes for One flew over the cuckoo's nest with the jack Nicholson character, unfortunately you have formed an image of De Niro in this case of course that is very hard to wipe out because he just is such a great nut job in that role, any how the book differs just enough from the flick, there is a quick pace to the story and good character development.
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3.0 out of 5 stars He's amazing. However 27 July 2014
By Richard O. Forzani - Published on
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To say that I'm a JD MacDonald fan would be understating my enthusiasm. I've probably read everything he's done several times each. He's amazing.

However, this particular effort seems a bit dated compared to his other works; the language, the character interplay, etc. One still observes the MacDonald style, but although this was his biggest Hollywood hit, I personally think it falls a bit short of his general body of work.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a little different from the films 16 May 2013
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Because I had seen the film versions, I was continually imagining the actors in the roles of the book. There are several episodes in the book that didn't make the final film cuts, so that kept the book fresh and anticipatory for me. Classic stuff.
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