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Kingdom [Paperback]

Tom Martin
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2 Jan 2009
The stunning new thriller from the author of Pyramid

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (2 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330452126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330452120
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the Abbot spoke, his voice was thin and resigned. ‘It is the end of our monastery. By nightfall I will be dead and our walls will lie shattered. A terrible evil is coming from the forest . . .’ A monastery in Tibet is overrun with Chinese soldiers searching for a sacred relic. The monks flee to seek refuge in hidden caves, but their progress is hampered by an injured stranger, whose presence threatens them all . . . Journalist Nancy Kelly receives a parcel containing a mysterious trumpet made of bone, and hears an account of a Westerner penetrating into a hidden kingdom in Tibet, where orchids cover the earth, pagodas hug the hills and soaring cathedrals hide underground. Soon she embarks on a dangerous journey into an ancient land of myth and legend, in search of a secret older than time itself . . .

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Tom Martin lives in Oxford.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new under the sun 8 Jun 2010
By M. Piva
At the third attempt, I managed to finish this book thanks to some holidays and a series of very slow days. And I can confirm the impression I got the first two times I tried to start it - it is predictable, packed with obvious "surprises" that any reader would expect, with some passages seriously irritating (and a - short but clear - apology to Nazism)... I can't understand how anyone who has already read some adventure book can find it thrilling or surprising at all.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal 17 Jan 2009
I don't normally bother writing reviews of bad books. I read a lot of fiction to pass the time when between jobs, travelling,lunches etc. but I wish I had never picked this one up. This was an impulsive pick up and one of the very few books I have dumped without completing.

The prose is stilted,the plot non-existent and I cannot understand how it can engage anyone who has read more than 2-3 fiction books in their life. It is drivel. A complete waste of ink and paper.

Unfortunately there are more weak books turning up like this due to the power of the superstores. Or maybe editors with targets to meet no matter what it is being printed. Save your money or perhaps if you do spend it on this book make a comaparable donation to a charity at the same time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tom Martin 21 Dec 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I met Tom Martin once whilst studying at an ashram in India under the tutelage of Swami Swami. Tom had just opened his third eye and awoken the secret power of the third chakra. Whilst chatting to the devas of the fourth heavenly realm he became a 'stream winner'. This book is the result-I recommend you read it. Its really a parable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading. 29 Jun 2012
By GregOFF
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting and engaging book about trip into the hearth of Tibet. It was my first Tom Martin's book, I am not sure how it come that I opened this one...but was quick read for me, and I quite enjoyed it. I really liked the story, locations, plot, but I will not read it again. The book is worth of time spent on it, but knowing the story now I do not think it would as absorbing as it was for the first time. BTW. I think it could easily be twice as big as it is, some threads are rather shallow and it sometimes was somehow disappointing for me. I would really like to have more reading than I had. It was good book, four stars!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divided opinion... 1 Feb 2009
Reading the reviews of this book is fascinating. Opinion is clearly divided on whether Martin is a budding master of genre fiction or a dark force in marketing subterfuge. Personally, I warm to an author that generates such polar emotional responses.

I have also kept an eye on Mr Martin since I was given his first offering by chance, Pyramid, as a present a couple of christmas' ago. There was a spark of something different about his style that made me look up and buy his new book. I'm genuinely pleased he has chosen to develop some recognisable ingredients, but adding in Kingdom an unusual level of menace and moral ambiguity that surpasses most cookie-cutter genre fiction. It maybe his unique style that pleases most and seems to offend a few.

Neither Pyramid or Kingdom are absolutely flawless- they are more like rough diamonds within which I enjoyed full mental immersion. Kingdom continues a thread of talent that I believe makes Martin an author to follow - to watch out for in future.

I'm giving him 4 stars - I enjoyed both books, but I believe he'll develop into a 5 star novelist... I also think it's about time he got something other than a 1 or a 5.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Even worse than Pyramid 1 Jan 2009
Pyramid was probably the worst book I have ever read. In fact it was so bad that I had to read Kingdom just to see how awful the sequel could be. I borrowed a copy of Kingdom rather than buy one as I wasn't prepared to hand over any more of my hard-earned money to the author. First note - no review quotes on the cover either about Kingdom or Pyramid - that should tell you something. Previous reviewers here have given a synopsis of the plot, so I won't go into that, but all I will ask is how on earth did this author ever get a publishing contract?
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom by Tom Martin 5 Jan 2009
I would class this type of novel as fun for travelling with. It has exotic locations, a cast from all over the world and one of its main strengths is its `travel writing' style descriptions. Just remember that's what you are buying and then you wont be disappointed that it is not a literary masterpiece. That out the way, the book is about a female journalist called Nancy Kelly who has been sent to Delhi to replace her predecessor, a man called Anton Herzog. Herzog went missing in Tibet but as soon as Nancy arrives in Delhi, she is arrested on suspicion of espionage - guilt by association with Anton Herzog, I guess. The opening sets that book up well and pretty soon, Nancy is racing around Delhi trying to find out what Herzog was up to. She discovers, that he has a really sinister past and that he has been investigating a weird cult associated with the Nazis. It sounds pretty unbelievable but the author carries it off well. She teams up
with an American antiques dealer called Jack Adams and together they head of to Tibet in search of the missing man and in search of the mystery that he has been involved in. I liked it. It is tense and it builds up to a grand climax at the end. Heed the above warnings and you wont be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Tibet is an alien world to most people, and Tom Martin brought it to life effectively through the book. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2011 by McPunky
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great but OK
I had read Tom Martin's Pyramid and found it an enjoyable read so thought I would give this book a try.
I didn't find it as exciting as Pyramid, but its an okay read. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Edward Carnby
5.0 out of 5 stars The legand of Shangri-La - fact and fiction merged into a great crime...
Tom Martin's second novel is - like his first - a fast evolving story that draws the reader quickly into the plot. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2009 by Amelrode
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging postsystematic parody of folk logocentrism
"Tom Martin" is a pseudonym drawn from Richard Brautigan's "Trout Fishing in America" employed by a prolific and ingenious parodist. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2009 by Nicholas Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, action packed thriller
I was a big fan of Tom Martin's first book Pyramid and was looking forward to see if his next effort would be as good. It's even better than I was hoping. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2009 by S. Bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book reminded me of King Solomon's Mines. It is very atmospheric and is a sort of chase/adventure across India and Tibet rather than Africa. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2009 by Sharen Norden
1.0 out of 5 stars A familiar pattern?
Tom Martin writes about conspiracy theories. Well, here's another one for him. Just after Pyramid (his first book) came out, there was a whole load of Amazon reviews giving it 5... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by C. Thomas
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