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The Man Who Never Was [Kindle Edition]

Hylton Smith
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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In 1986, Derwenthaugh Coke Works was closed and demolition work began. A strange discovery halts the regeneration plans. As there is no obvious explanation as to why the various artefacts should be there, the police become involved. The only clue which offers any progress points to events which took place many years ago. Just when a young police officer thinks she has seen something similar to one of the objects, and a new line of inquiry looms, higher authority descends on the investigation. The intrigue thickens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494280094
  • Publisher: Promethean; 1 edition (25 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GWIKAOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #319 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There's Potential Here - Needs an Editor 20 Mar 2014
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It's the present - and a skeleton is found under a concrete foundation laid down in 1945. There is a ring, too, and a Luftwaffe dogtag. Flashback to 1945, and there is a POW camp where captured Luftwaffe men are held. One of them escapes. So far, so good.

Then we press on with the story. Forward and back, police, German spies, British Intelligence, then and now, up and down. Lots of badly written dialogue and mostly unnecessary characters. I found it confusing, and I wasn't gripped enough to care. When we got to the dénouement I rather felt that the author was past caring too, and just wrote down the solution.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ 22 Jan 2014
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Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The story is set in two time zones which made it even more interesting. Would highly recommend.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth a read 17 Mar 2014
By Soo
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Since I have had my Kindle I have read books that I may never have chosen from a book shop and I have benefitted from some very worthwhile reads - this is one of them. Kept me reading to the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Confusing 29 April 2014
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This was an intelligent book, but was extremely hard to follow. Too many characters, agencies, bluff and counter bluff. Had to turn back sometimes to remember who was who
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super read 20 Mar 2014
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My first read by this author and would search out his books again. Twists and turns all the way. Fab read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 Jan 2014
By David
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A very good tale,deep into the world of post war spying and double dealing. almost a tale too far,highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit laboured 30 Jan 2014
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Interesting premise, but sadly this book didn't do it for me. I did get to the end, but will admit I found it a chore. I felt the characters were poorly drawn and as such I had difficulty following much of the story. Disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant, but glad I read it 22 Aug 2014
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This book is half police procedural, half spy novel. A mix that requires perseverance, as there can be a lot of explanatory prose and skeletons that keep falling out of closets - well in this case a hole in the ground, but still. I have to confess I did quite literally lose the plot, and it was difficult to keep track of who knew what as it switched between timelines. Doubtless, a lot of stuff like this went on in WWII, and lots of repercussions during the cold war (the period the modern part of the story is set) but normally this would not have kept my interest. The fact that I really wanted to know what all the fuss was about kept me reading and considering I have no qualms in giving up books that I'm finding boring - this says a lot. The plot was interesting with plenty of tidbits introuced gradually throughout the tale to keep me engaged, and you're guessing until the end. The ending was disappointing, but it could be said inevitable as well.

What lets this book down - a lot - is the lack of personalities in the characters. They all seem to say the same things in the same way, without any indication of their own personal qualities. The author really needs to work on this to be more successful. I'm glad I read it though if only to confirm that spy novels are not really my thing!
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