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The Green Ripper (Travis McGee Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1997


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1st Fawcett Crest Ed edition (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780449224816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449224816
  • ASIN: 0449224813
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 864,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee seems timeless. This "knight in tarnished armor," as Time magazine called him, is as pertinent today as when "The Green Ripper" was published in 1979.
Travis, once again, is confronted with his own mortality when Gretel, the woman he feels he is truly in love with, is murdered. McGee, as in episodes past (and this is the18th) feels that retribution, or justice, whichever comes first, is something that he, personally, must pursue. The "game is afoot," as it were, and the chase leads us through the forces of a religious cult (quite the topic in 1979), the Church of the Apocrypha. Travis "joins" to gain their confidence and little does he know the far-reaching ramifications of this group. The author cites George Santayana in a preface statement: "Fanaticism is described as redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim." And when you have finished "The Green Ripper," fanaticism is spelled with a capital "F"!
Probably, "The Green Ripper" is the most suspenseful of the McGee series (always characterized by a color in the title). MacDonald is methodical in his plot developments and while suspense is naturally a necessary ingredient, in this book it becomes perhaps the most important aspect. But the author stays true to McGee, probably Florida's most famous literary character, and readers will not be disappointed. As in the other books, vivid description, poignant characterization, and a top-drawer storyline, marked by sparks of good humor, are MacDonald's trademark. It's a worthy read!
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By joanne smith on 7 Jun 2014
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I love travis! Lee childs jack reacher was created with inspiration from Travis! I have read 16 out of the 22 books in the series and I love them and they are only £2.50
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By Jantje on 12 April 2014
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This is the 18th Travis McGee book that I have read, I just like the characters so much I keep reading.
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Very good Book. Very pleased with it. Hope there is more like that. I really enjoy Lee Child Books. Thank you
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Good book only put it down when I had to, one of his better ones . Can't wait to read his next one
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 May 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Green Ripper is the 18th McGee novel in a series of twenty one. Macdonald writes elegantly in an easy and engaging style. His characterisation is excellent, and he has a keen eye for observing and commenting on different social phenomena. The first half of the story is well plotted and paced, unfolding in a way that draws the reader in. The second half though lacked any real credibility. Whilst how the religious cult operates and the motivations behind their actions seemed realistic, how they act with respect to McGee is a nonsense. The rule of the camp is to kill all interlopers. McGee is not only spared, he is invited into the group and becomes a confidant to all the other elite combat group members. Then when they discover the truth, he triumphs against the odds. All tense stuff, but it's all but impossible for the reader to buy it. I was confident based on the first thirty pages or so that this was going to be a five stars book, but in the end it tailed off to be a slightly above average affair.
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