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The Testing of Archie Rathbone [Kindle Edition]

Alex Hunter
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Book Description

Having fallen asleep in his flat in Clapham, Archie Rathbone is understandably indignant when he wakes up on the shore of an uninhabited tropical island, with no idea how he’s got there, or how to get home. To make matters worse, all he has for company is a talking seagull.
Meanwhile, the price of Phoenix Tuna shares is going through the roof, and Emma, Archie’s ex-girlfriend, suspects something fishy.
Neither of them realise that in trying to unravel the mystery, they are about to put the whole human race in danger.
Will Archie escape from his island prison and confront his captors? What is the connection between the secret organisation ALIRTS and the cafe proprietor Jakub Baranski? And what have Bolt, Upright & Clench (Tailors to the discerning since 1746) got to do with it all?
The Testing of Archie Rathbone is a tale of treachery, sorcery and the price of fish...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Ravensgold Books; First edition (18 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CS1FGA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #438,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read 13 July 2012
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Great imagination - I loved this book. Hunter's Archie Rathbone is very much the Ford Prefect of the twenty-first century and I would wholeheartedly recommend this engaging fantasy-mystery for teenagers and adults alike.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonkers but so much fun 19 July 2012
By Ashrae
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Well, another book that on the face of it I shouldn't like, but I wanted an escape from the banalities of my rain affected life and I saw a promo for this on Goodreads which quite tickled my fancy so I had a quick "look inside" (fantastic feature that) and decided to give it a whirl...
It's a great story, bit bonkers at times, but it comes together really well, there's action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, humour - yes lots of humour - I especially loved the bit at the solicitors - romance, intrigue, and a plot that, at times, I did sit back and wonder what on earth was going to happen next. I found it hard to put down too cos, well, I really needed to know how it was going to play out.
The characters were great, written well and nicely fleshed out. I always gauge the characterisation by how much emotion they evoke from me. Did I care about them, did I hate them, did I cheer when they got their comeuppance? A hearty yes for the main players in this story.
Basically in a nutshell, I had a great time reading this book - a good few hours away from the trials and tribulations of life. I'll certainly keep my eye open for more from Mr Hunter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Testing of Archie Rathbone 26 Sept. 2012
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Shortly after I started 'The Testing of Archie Rathbone' on holiday, my sixteen year old son wanted to know what I was reading and then asked if he might borrow it. He finished the book in three days, beside the swimming pool and in bed at night; telling me that he thought it was 'brilliant' and 'very clever'. When I finally got back my Kindle and was able to finish the story, I was in total agreement. I thought the plot was refreshingly original, the humour deliciously quirky and the scene-setting beautifully descriptive. Of the latter, I especially liked those describing Bolt, Upright and Clench in their workplace and the almost Harry Potter-like journey to Scotland in the Morris Minor.
My fourteen year old daughter is now reading this book and we are all eagerly awaiting the publication of Alex Hunter's next novel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archie 11 Sept. 2012
By Joo
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This is an intriguing story that starts off with Archie inexplicably waking up on a desert island with no idea of how he got there or why. It has a gull on the cover and this gull is one of the characters, so I was hooked within a few pages.

I was thinking this book reminded me of the humour of Tom Holt with his Portable Door series of books.

Since it introduces a bit of magic, you really didn't know where this story was going, but it kept me interested to find out.

In summary, I rather liked it and would certainly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Testing of Archie Rathbone 9 July 2012
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Imagine waking up washed ashore on a strange and unknown beach, without the memory of having travelled there. Upon experiencing this very odd occurrence himself, Archie Rathbone is understandably very confused as he discovers he is trapped on this mysterious crumb of land where not all is what it seems...
Meanwhile, Emma Trout, ex-girlfriend to the recently disappeared Mr. Rathbone, is searching for clues to help her and explain the incredibly unexplainable circumstances in which her former partner has somehow managed to vanish from the face of the Earth.....and who ARE Messrs. Bolt, Upright and Clench?
In his debut novel, Alex Hunter has produced an intriguing and very surprising fantasy page turner, with a writing style similar to that of Susan Hill, and a subtle and dry sense of humour throughout that makes for very entertaining reading.
As a 16-year-old, I found `The Testing of Archie Rathbone' to be incredibly page-turning, with a very comfortable and flowing plot, and a beautifully intelligent style of writing that makes each page turned feel complete and perfected.
In summary, this is one enjoyable ebook.
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