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The Sett [Paperback]

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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13 Jan 1997
Mild-mannered accountant Alex Goodman is the archetypal little man who becomes a hero during his quest to track down the killers of his wife and daughter. In a novel about ruthlessness and revenge, Alex takes on Yardies, the IRA, badger baiters, the CIA and the President of Pakistan, to name a few.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (13 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074932161X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749321611
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightens us when we see the truth! 1 Feb 2001
By A Customer
The first 20-30 pages were difficult to trawl through, but I had looked ahead to the pictures and was intrigued enough to work it through. As you jump from story to story, following 'Goodman's thread' you find it more and more difficult to put it down. Yes it is depressing, but sometimes life is like that !! A brilliant work of written art, one that has even pushed me to read of the author's exploits around the world !!
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3.0 out of 5 stars gripping ...yes..but true ?..come on. 16 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Great read,the first fifty pages were a bit hard work but then you see where it is going and you're through one small act of protection for a wild animal so many lives were destroyed defies belief.the part about the tonnage bets really scared me,god does that really go on.anyway if there really is an Alex Goodman out there then there's no point saying take care,but god bless you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very factual account. 7 Oct 1999
By A Customer
I was involved in one of the incidents described in this book. The author has researched very well and the facts for this particular incident are very accurate.yes it can be depressing but that is the way it happened.The author says some very nice things about me and my colleagues all of which are appreciated. A very enjoyable read particularly if it's about you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review on a fantastic book by Stuart Maloney 27 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This book is an absolutely sintilating read. A thriller that is full of suspense gauranteed to make you read on. Fiennes has reached the pinacle of perfectionism in how he is able to construct a story of how a man can be caught up in a vicious web of organised crime. The reader must be able to keep track of many names but I find it amazing how Fiennes has been able to interlink them all together. Myself as the reader was left feeling so much simpathy for this man who loses everything time and time again. I applaud Fiennes for creating such a masterpiece, it is a quality read which I would reccomend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 9 Jun 2008
It took me 6 months to read this book, I started the first and second chapter and put it down 5 and a half months later I picked it back up and didn't put it back down untill I had finished.
It was very hard to get into but once in, it was factual, very discriptive ,gruesome and disturbing at times, this is not my favourite book and its not the most talked about book but it is deffinatley the best piece of literature I have ever read. A facinating and somewhat eye opening read.

Utterly brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly good read. 14 Nov 1999
By A Customer
A book that opens your eye's to the very world around us. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a true story and happened in the UK to a Welshman, one could be forgiven for thinking it was set in gangland America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 3 Aug 2011
First of all, i don't care if the story is true or not and whether Alex Goodman really existed, so i want to leave this debate out of the review.

The book is great, it may seem a bit slow for the first 50-100 pages as the author introduces you to a plethora of interesting characters but stick with it and it will hook you!

The book covers the story of Alex Goodman, an accountant who is attacked and as a result suffers severe memory loss.
As he builds up a picture of who he is and what happened, it becomes clear that his injuries are the result of something much more sinister. whilst tracking down the people responsible he crosses paths with London gangsters, badger poachers and international criminals allied to the CIA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 2 Mar 2002
By A Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, its the best that RF has ever written. Horrible to think this sort of thing happens, not sure how much I believe the real transformation of Goodman in his London phase but very good entertainment. I put it down to just that, an excellent read because that's how I want to remember it rather than dwell on whether its true or not (rather like the Feathermen.....RF has a great imagination though and was himself close to a career in SF, so can write with some authority on that subject....)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by terryshepherd
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead Sett
This was a real slog. Depressing too. When a group of connected criminals get together it's upto the host to come up with some fiendishly nasty form of entertainment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars tops
I already have this copy and I read the story.I wanted the same book but with images but there was a misunderstanding somewhere so i have ended up to have two books... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Murad
1.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Unbelieveable Tall Tale
Following on from The Feather Men (which I actually enjoyed) this is another Fiennes story of the supposedly based on fact, or is it variety. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shrewlord
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable read. A great story.
I have read most of Ranulph Fiennes's factual adventures and I recall this was my first read of his fiction books. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Alexander Kreator
5.0 out of 5 stars sett
this is a brilliant story
hard to tell
as with
also a great book
Published 18 months ago by rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Excellent book. Can't put this book down, soon finished! I will look to get The Feathermen next. Really good read.
Published 19 months ago by I. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary tale
This is the extraordinary tale of one, seemingly, completely ordinary man's revenge against four killers. Read more
Published on 25 April 2011 by Sally Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sett
The book arrived well within the timescales stated and in very good condition. i would be happy to use this service again
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by Mr. I. Derbyshire
1.0 out of 5 stars the sett lies
The author should be arrested for slander for his lies about real people, even if they are dead their families arnt. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Ian Smith
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