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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184876765X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848767652
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Cook was born in Devon, grew up in Hertfordshire and took a degree in Crop Science at the University of Reading. During his subsequent worldwide travels, he became intrigued by the universal mythology associated with red hair and acquired more knowledge about the subject than is strictly necessary for everyday social purposes. He lives in West London with his wife, Maggie.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lifelongreader on 31 Oct 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I was attracted to this title as a redhead myself. The writing was not only intelligent but imaginative - albeit occasionally pushing overboard the boundaries of stretching the imagination. Having said that it is clear the book is well-researched in terms of the mythology and legends related to redheads, and the book threw up a lot of information that I was previously unaware of. Rebecca, the heroine, is a fiesty and fiery individual who has multiple facets and the male lead Jim makes a good counterpart, although I have to say I preferred Larry... At no time was I in a position to be able to work out what was going to happen next, the story being totally unpredictable. For me, the story had rather too much gore for my taste but nonetheless it worked within the context of the story. Shades of the holocaust maybe? An enjoyable read for blondes, brunettes and redheads...
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By Megaprice on 9 May 2014
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This is a good historical novel with an unusual basic theme. That of having red hair. It combines both fact and fiction.
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By Redgirl on 25 Dec 2012
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I chose this rating as I enjoyed this book so much I felt that others would too. I am a redhead myself and this book was recommended to me by the author John Dolan and I loved it. LOTS of INTRIGUING twists and turns some quite unexpected at that, a very exciting read and a good use of mythology regarding those of us with red hair.
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Wow. I don't know where to start. I was over the moon when I won a signed copy of Redhead on Goodreads. It felt so personal with the enclosed postcard.

The cover of the book is so eye catching and inviting. Very mythical and just hinting at things to come.

The first chapter takes you back in time and I got straight in to the story from the first page. It actually gave me goosebumps and I felt part of the story.
I couldn't wait to move on and see how things developed.

The short chapters were ideal for me as I don't get an awful lot of time for reading these days with running after a lively toddler.
Normally I would have finished it in a few days but the short chapters allowed me to pick it up and get straight back in to the adventure without having to re-read the same page over and over.

Rebecca and Larry were very likeable characters and I would love to have learned more about the deaths of Rebecca's parents and Larry's wife and daughter.
I kept thinking this might have been connected in some way.
I disliked Jim for most of the book as he struggled with his feelings for Rebecca. Larry seemed a lot more sensitive to what she was going through.

I enjoyed reading about all the different locations and was able to picture everything. Even the history and mythology was well researched and left you wanting to learn more.

As I was reading on I kept thinking that this would make a great movie. Hopefully one day we'll be able to watch it on our screens.

The book had many gruesome parts. Some of what happened was slightly predictable in my opinion, like the bloodline and Neferatu's actions. Nonetheless unputdownable!

I hate finishing books when they become part of you.
I would love to read more about what happens next.

Great read. Not just for redheads. I hope this isn't Ian's last book.
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By shademan on 22 Oct 2012
Format: Paperback
Redhead is a 5* read,well reseached a brilliant novel which flowed beautifully. Rebecca is a freelance journalist with a London paper & a true redhead Is sent to Tunis to report on the disappearance & deaths of redheads & strange things start to happen to her. Well worth a read.
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This book was awesome! I don't think I have come across this kind of plot line. Mr Cook has woven a completely unique/original tale in Redhead.

It gives extraordinary detail about the myths across the globe surrounding redheads; with a wonderful slice of horror and adventure on the side. The mythological characters are brought to life within the pages.

The story is fast paced with short chapters that really work and keep it moving. The style is descriptive but not overly, so you don't feel that your wading through miles of description, yet the author still manages to place you in the scene and moment. This works very well with some of the chilling scenes/action.

The characters are well developed; including the sly Dr Neferatu who you distrust in a matter of seconds of him appearing (rightfully so - he's evil...)

Rebecca is fiery, determined and brave. I really liked her. Jim's character worked as the blossoming romance and the sceptical scientist but, my favourite character had to be Jim's friend Prof. Larry Burton. He was written as a warm, clever and open minded character.

There are so many wonderful elements to the book; I would say there was some predictability within the story, but this is handled very well by the author and conclusions were satisfying.

I am so glad to have won this copy, as I don't know if I would have come across it otherwise. The whole package was a great read; very interesting and a unique plot.

Would recommend to fans of mythology and adventure.
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By PPrynne on 29 July 2012
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I received this book as a freebie on Goodreads. As a redhead myself and a mother to two redheaded sons I was intrigued. This book ticks all the boxes for me, good believable characters,and lots of unpredictable excitement. My mother used to tell me I was a redhead because she would leave me out in the rain when I was naughty and I went rusty, I so much prefer this version of events. a jolly good must read for all but chic lit lovers! Thank you Ian Cook, I do hope a sequel is well on the way.
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