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The Blade Itself [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Sakey
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"The first page-turner of 2007...this is how immortality gets started."--"CBS Sunday Morning" "Few of us remember the debuts of some of today's best genre writers, such as Elmore Leonard and Stephen King with the publication of Marcus Sakey's first novel, we have the chance to."  --"The" "Washington"" Post"  "Truly excellent--like vintage Elmore Leonard crossed with classic Dennis Lehane.  Buy it today and read it tonight." --Lee Child, bestselling author of "Bad Luck and Trouble"  "A white-knuckle story with a cool, commanding style." --"The New York Times Book Review"   "Stunning Sakey gets everything right. "The Blade Itself" moves at such lightning speed that its only flaw may be leaving us wanting more." --"Florida"" Sun-Sentinel""Sakey's brilliant debut is a must read. From the thrilling opening to the riveting ending, the tension ratchets up to almost unbearable levels." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred re

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'Pelecanos hot, Leonard cool. Tremendous ... it grips like red-hot pincers'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 954 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9R4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,874 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Auspicious Beginning For Sakey! 13 Jan. 2007
Marcus Sakey, in his first novel, writes with the skill of an author who has had several bestsellers "under his belt." The plot development is believable and fast-paced. the characters are well-developed and multidimensional, and the suspense is constant. Without going into much detail, The Blade Itself is the story of a good man who made some bad mistakes earlier in his life and has recently become a victim of circumstances he helped create; and where his efforts to rectify his current plight results in dire consequences and a dramatic conclusion. With The Blade Itself, Sakey has taken his first step towards entering the 'big leagues' of thriller writers. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The past always catches up.... 17 April 2010
By Big Bertha TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Evan and Danny were small time criminals, growing up together and getting into scrapes together, it was a way of life. Then a burglary doesn't go to plan, Danny gets away and Evan, out of control isn't so smart and gets caught and goes down for it. Things have changed since then and Danny had left it all behind, gone straight, got a decent job and made a new life for himself with Karen. The past in the shape of Evan is about to catch up with him, Danny owes big time and Evan's not taking no for an answer.

A fast paced thriller, easy to read and with those attention-hugging qualities that keep you gripped from the word go right through to the satisfying tension-filled ending. It's not a literary masterpiece or filled with mind blowing twists but it's a great read, the location is brought to life and the characters are well written with the good guys being not too perfect that you find them unbelievable and the baddies being truly bad. The movie rights for this book have already been sold and if done well it will make a great movie.

I recently discovered this author when reading an advance copy of No Turning Back (also published as The Amateurs) and was so impressed I ordered this, his debut novel. I'd be hard pushed to say which I preferred and his other novels have already made their way onto my 'to read' pile.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable in the extreme 4 Dec. 2008
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: The alley wasn't as dark as Danny would've liked, and Evan was driving his crazy, spinning the snub-nose like a cowboy in some Sunday matinee.

Seven years ago, Danny Carter and his friend Evan were living their lives on the wrong side of the law. During a break-in, Danny escaped but Evan was caught and served seven years in prison.

Now he's out and, although Danny has been legitimate and now successful, he feels Danny owes him. Evan wants Danny to plan and partner with him on the kidnapping the son of Danny's boss.

I was so incredibly disappointed in this book. It has one of the most beginning-to-end predictable plots I've read in a long time. I even saw the final twist coming. And what the predictability of the plot couldn't do, coincidences did.

Even the characters were predictable, stereotypical and, for most, without a lot of development. Unfortunately, I've already bought Sakey's next book. I hope the library sale enjoys them both.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Over-hyped 30 Aug. 2006
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
The pre-publicity for this novel which is not due for release for a while yet has been in full flow for several months as at August 2006. The theme of one's past crimes and criminal life coming back to take control of a reformed character is not new, nor is the way this story unfolds. Danny Carter is the 'reformed character' with a good job, a great girlfriend and a severely deranged ex-con, Evan McGann, as a previous friend. Not for the first time in such stories, does the villain of the peace find himself released early from jail and so plans on exacting revenge on Danny Carter for not taking the rap as well.

Marcus Sakey conveys well the atmosphere of the Chicago suburbs and creates a really loathsome character in McGann. Carter is threatened and coerced into taking part in the kidnapping of his employer's son and you just know, of course, that pretty much everything is going to implode. McGann changes from being the muscle in the earlier days of crime to a vicious killer with a good brain to keep him one step ahead of both Danny and the police as the murky tale unfolds. I have some difficulty with this which, for me, rather spoils the story. Sakey spends quite a lot of time saying very little and then suddenly another murder hits the spot bringing the action back to the foreground. The ending is an odd one which I won't reveal but, after enjoying the first part of this novel from Marcus Sakey, I reflected that I was ultimately disappointed as it progressed rather more with the characters than the actual storytelling. I hope I don't come across these characters again but I would like to read the author's next novel.
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