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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0340896108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,123,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi! Jon Evans here, the author of TRAIL OF THE DEAD (aka DARK PLACES), THE BLOOD PRICE, INVISIBLE ARMIES, THE NIGHT OF KNIVES and THE EXECUTOR. For far, far more than you probably ever wanted to know about me, see my web site at

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'A scary and graphic thriller about a complex global conspiracy involving al-Qaeda, pan-African politics' (Sydney Morning Herald)

'Scary and graphic' (Sydney Morning Herald on THE NIGHT OF KNIVES)

'Suspense aplenty keeps the pages turning' (Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin, Australia)

'Thought-provoking . . . INVISIBLE ARMIES is an intriguing, pacy read and Mr Evans shows great potential.' (Economist)

'A good adventure novel' (Courier Mail, Australia)

'THE BLOOD PRICE is knowledgeable about Balkan history, the current fragile peace maintained by NATO and the multi-billion-dollar international refugee-smuggling industry. Evans can write, too.' (Washington Post)

You're hooked . . . pacy thriller for the 21st century (The Times on THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD)

'Full of twists and turns, this high-concept, high-adrenalin thriller is a must read for action junkies everywhere!' (South Coast Register, Australia)

'A gripping and terrifying read. Evans is definitely a name for the future.' (York Press)

'Anti-globalization versus international corporate greed . . . a fast-paced, politically engaging thriller.' (Globe and Mail, Canada on INVISIBLE ARMIES)

'In this scarily plausible thriller set in the heart of Africa, kidnap in the Congo is just a smokescreen for a devastating conspiracy [...] Full of pace and high drama in a world made more open and dangerous by modern technology, Evans's plots positively teem with well-drawn characters and terse, well-controlled dialogue. There are plenty of twists and turns and the non-stop action is guaranteed to leave readers breathless.' (Lancashire Evening Post)

In this haunting, suspense debut, Evans takes the reader on a page-turning adventure (Publishers Weekly on TRAIL OF THE DEAD)

I was completely gripped. (Emily Barr on TRAIL OF THE DEAD)

TRAIL OF THE DEAD is engaging, disturbing, and relentless - an impressive debut novel. (C.J. Box, award-winning author of Winterkill and Trophy Huny)

Reading BLOOD PRICE reminded me of being a kid running down a too-steep hill, going faster and faster so that you can barely get your feet in front of you quickly enough to stop, loving every second of it. You can't stop. You don't want to stop . . . I wanted to keep reading to find out what the hell happened next. (Quill & Quire)

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In Evans's fourth scarily plausible thriller off the beaten track, kidnap in the Congo is just a smokescreen for a devastating conspiracy.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bamba on 28 April 2010
Format: Paperback
The first few chapters of this book are gripping and interesting. However this does not make up for the rest of the book.

My first complaint is that these characters go through a lot, far more than any human could be expected to endure - and maybe I could buy into that if they were soldiers or at least had some military training, however we are expected to believe that the people going through this are a) a nurse/socialite & b) a computer analyst!!
The author also uses a theme frequently which is killing off main characters that you are beginning to get to know & like- the first time, this is shocking & interesting, but by the end of the book it is contrived & frustrating!

The story starts out as a kidnapping, this bit I found extremely interesting & had the book been all about this, I would have thought it a thrilling read but the later chapters go too far - we have a socialite & a computer analyst running all over Africa, trying to figure out something that any sane human would just leave behind!! I did not understand their reasoning for so desperately wanting to figure this all out. The characters were one dimensional and we needed to know their reasoning more which would have helped you empathise with these characters. As it were, I thought they were stupid & delusional rather than courageous like we were obviously meant to think. Some better thought out backstories & some less obvious villains would have made this a much more intelligent read.

Overall it was okay - its definitely not a book I would read again & there are much better thrillers out there. If the characters had been more realistic & had traits you could empathise with then this would have opened the story up to the reader, as it was I found it difficult to get to the end! I did however find the story of Zimbabwe interesting - however those chapters did read like a text book rather than a thriller, & I found myself more interested in the country than the characters!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By night reader on 1 Sep 2014
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Brilliant, exciting and many many twists and turns. A very clever and intricate plot with resourceful characters. Lots of realism that demonstrates the real world of political intrigue, murder and friendship. Best novel I have read in ages.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Full of suspense - I couldn't put it down 20 Jun 2012
By Mindy - Published on
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This was a fantastic book. You really get a feel for the plight of the characters and what daily life is like for many African citizens. In fact, there is enough historical accuracy to almost make you think the book could have been based on a true story. It's graphic, but not in a senseless gore, horror movie kind of way. But I wouldn't recommend it for someone with a delicate conscience for that sort of thing. This book is full of action and suspense, and it really keeps you wanting more. I think it would make a fantastic movie -- in fact, I'd be surprised if someone hadn't already snatched up the movie rights! There are so many twists and turns, surprises and suspense-filled moments.

If I had anything negative to say about this book, it's that twice the author called the character "Jacob" by a different name: once "Erik" and once "Erid". And I wish it could have ended differently for a couple characters (I can't say more than that without giving too much away). But overall, I highly recommend this book!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great read, The night of knives. 3 May 2011
By G Sanderson - Published on
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Having read invisible armies by jon evans i have been searching for another of his books. This one does not disappoint. Great pace from start to finish, plot is great and the scenes are set well. WOuld recommend to anyone looking for a good thrilling adventure.
20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed 27 Nov 2012
By sopeach - Published on
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This book seemed like a good adventure story and it was a free download. It actually was pretty good to begin with, but becomes too violent for my taste. If you don't mind blood, gore, and lots of profanity you might like this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Long,but interesting. 28 July 2013
By Mary Jo Konst - Published on
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Took e awhile to get into this book. I really enjoyed it. And I have a feeling a lot of it really happens, which is sad. I`m glad I Did finish.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Good book. Keeps you wanting to read more and not stop until you are finished. Adventurous book with a nice plot and good twist.
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