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Take No Farewell

Take No Farewell [Kindle Edition]

Robert Goddard
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"A master storyteller" (Independent on Sunday)

"Don't, I implore you, read the last pages first, for you'll spoil the book's best surprise if you do" (Sunday Press, Dublin)

"His narrative power, strength of characterisation and superb plots, plus the ability to convey the atmosphere of the period quite brilliantly, make him compelling reading" (Books)

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Brain-teasing thriller from the 'master of the clever twist'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552164526
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (27 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Goddard was born in Hampshire. He read History at Cambridge and worked as an educational administrator in Devon before becoming a full-time novelist. He is the author of many bestselling novels, including Into the Blue which won the first WH Smith Thumping Good Read Award and was dramatized for TV in 1997, starring John Thaw.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of a read 4 Mar 2009
Geoffrey Staddon is a failing architect, a man who seems consumed by emotional ennui and lack of purpose. His present is dissolving around him - a failing career, a failed marriage, a frustrated and moribund life. He lives in the past - the past glory of the finest building he's ever built, the haunting memories of past failure in the only real love he has known. The trial of the glamorous, exotic Consuela Caswell brings this all back to him and changes his life forever.

Robert Goddard is a fine story teller - one of the finest around. This is probably one of his best. It is un-put-down-able. Goddard weaves together a tale of murder and romance which is utterly compelling. He does not go in for heroic action heroes - they are more likely ageing, balding, corpulent, a bit uncertain and lacking in confidence. But Geoffrey Staddon grows into the role of romantic hero, exposing his sense of guilt and loss of honour (the book was released in the US under the title of "Debt of Dishonor").

Goddard writes historical drama - this one is set in the post-War world of the 1920's and the uncertainties of the 1930's, it hints at the loss of innocence England suffered on the Western Front and the bleak prospects before it in the years before the next war. The characterisation - of Staddon, of his first love, and of the house he built, is outstanding, the sense of time and times past is utterly convincing. The story is slow-paced but electric in its compulsion - a masterclass in narrative construction and writing skill. Goddard is an outstanding wordsmith. His writing style is intelligent, economical, and wonderfully seductive - he leads you into a story, into the world of the story, and makes you at home within it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stuff 7 Jan 2012
I wasn't sure about 'Take no Farewell' when I first picked it up. The synopsis seemed somewhat vague and I wasn't sure I would get to grips with the story. But as with all Goddard books, once I was a few pages in all doubts subsided.

The book is set in the early twenties, with dips into the late Edwardian era, and sees Geoffrey Staddon, an architect, reunited with a decision he once made, a decision he will be now forced to reevaluate. As for the rest of the story, you'll just have to read it. And you won't be disappointed. From the first page till last, the writing is several cuts above, poetical, literary but with heaps of suspense and mystery. Staddon is a flawed character, bland perhaps, but the events that unfold in his life see him become an unwitting hero, fighting others and himself along the way.

Being one of Goddard's earlier works, the story is strung out, as was his wont back then. Nowadays, his stories have more of a race-against-time element, the action unfolding over over days and weeks rather than months and years. It never matters, though. Whatever this writer creates I enjoy. 'Take no Farewell' is now firmly ensconced on my favourites list. I haven't been so lost in book for some time now. Wonderful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing 26 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've read and enjoyed most of Robert Goddard's output and this was no exception. It was a "slow burn", taking a while to hook me in but, by the halfway mark, I was completely enmeshed in the lives of the characters. As usual, the story has more layers than an onion and is intrinsically a tale of greed, deception, lost love and a race against time. My only reservation and the reason I've only given it four stars is the ending. I don't want to spoil it for others so all I'll say is that, if they were my characters, I wouldn't have finished it that way!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Robert Goddard is one of the most talented writers of the time. He pulls you into the story as though you were a part of it and keeps you guessing until the very end. His books somehow manage to contain everything, it has suspense, romance, history and always very believable characters. This book is amoung the best with a plot with so many twists, ... and a very enjoyable story. I have yet to meet a person who has not enjoyed his books and i would be amazed if i ever did.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take No Farewell 20 April 2003
By C Jones
An absorbing read,which begs you not to put the book for fear of missing the latest twist or turn, with no chance of guessing the ending. Being new to Robert Goddard it was a pleasure to read a well thought out storyline and a gripping tale.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Goddard gem 15 Mar 2001
By Inky
A brilliant read from a consummate storyteller. Typical Goddard: he gives you a taste of what to expect, then wrong foots you and goes off in another direction! You never know whats coming next but his great skill is keeping you truly hooked. All his books are hugely entertaining, this one being no exception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goddard at his best 10 April 2014
By Ruju
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Main character plodding along in life? Check. Events in the past coming back to haunt him? Check. Flashbacks to weave said events into narrative? Check. Everything not as it seems? Check. Scenes in italics when a journal is being read? Check. Exquisite use of language? Check. Yep, it's another Robert Goddard mystery/thriller/historical fiction novel.

Goddard's grasp and use of English is a joy to behold; broad enough so that the odd word makes you think, but without ever showing off to the extent that the reader needs a dictionary to hand (no problem anyway if you're lucky enough to own a Kindle!). Take No Farewell is a fairly long book, but Goddard's flowing style and excellent story telling ensures that it never drags.

I rarely give a 5 star rating, and nearly knocked it down to 4 due to an issue with the main character, Geoffrey Staddon. As an architect who has designed and built a number of impressive buildings, I would expect him to be a clever chap. However, at times he proved gullible beyond belief. This was obviously required to make the plot work and I suppose Goddard would say it's part of his character, but it seemed a bit convenient. However, in the end I rated the book on my overall experience of it which was first rate.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storytelling
As usual Robert Goddard has produced a fantastic dramatic storyline which keeps you riveted to the very last page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trish64
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
This book is a very enjoyable read - it doesn't demand too much effort but it has an intriguing plot, with good characterisation, which makes it hard to put down.
Published 6 months ago by Christine Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars a complex and masterful plot.
The ultimate hero of the piece is difficult to love with his many failings but the the fascination of the story compels one to become enmeshed in the twists and turns of the tale... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. P M Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I found Robert Goddard novels
The plot behind this story was great although the main character Geoffrey Staddon appeared to be portrayed as somewhat naive and manipulated by other characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mr kevin j mortimore
5.0 out of 5 stars absorbing tale of betrayal and redemption
Although billed as a thriller / mystery, this novel is much more than that. The highly convoluted (but generally credible) plot is, in the end, just a hook to hang a powerful tale... Read more
Published 10 months ago by bluemonk59
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to sure!
I found this one a bit slow going. So much so that it was left alone for awhile. I was glad to read through to the end but a bit disappointed in the finish!
Published 10 months ago by S P COBURN
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the last
Never a let down, that's a guarantee.
My only problem is I'll soon run out of his books
to read !
Published 12 months ago by ivars vilnitis
4.0 out of 5 stars Second time round
Just re-read this book and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. But Oh,Robert, he didn't deserve that.
Published 13 months ago by avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gripping read
As convoluted as ever, as I read this book for the second time (the first was just after original publication) I still found both the plot and the style as convincing convoluted... Read more
Published 13 months ago by santabrown
4.0 out of 5 stars Robert Goddard Take no Farewell
Robert Goddard writes a good book with plenty of twists and turns as per usual and I enjoyed it very much.
Published 14 months ago by OAP65
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