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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful re-telling of The Creation.,
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This review is from: The White Horse Trick (The New Policeman Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)The Ireland as we know it now, is a vastly different place in this book. Global warming has taken its toll on the world and drought and innundations are now commonplace. People are starving as the soil is eroded by the continuous rain and then dying of cancer because of the sun irradiating them.
J.J. Liddy's two sons Donal and Aidan live in a big castle made up mostly of containers and Aidan has become a despot in his old age whilst Donal has remained pretty true to his own nature, a kindly old man.
Donal in cahoots with a young lad from the army called Pup, devises a plan to get the ordinary people and his soldiers away from this hell and to send them to Tir Na N'Og. So droves of refugees start arriving there much to the annoyance of the Dagda, the God of the Faery realm. He is only pleased when he discovers via Jenny and Aengus his son that the junk he thought these people were bringing through with them is in fact not junk at all but is in fact all sorts of musical instruments. There is nothing more than the Sidhe like than a good tune played on any instrument.
The Puka also makes an appearance and is not altogether surprised that the world he created has gone to hell in a hand card....he is convinced that all 'ploddies' are useless and on a self destruct course. More of him later.
Aidan has also become a kidnapper and has something he wishes to bargain with the Dagda for but the Dagda will not deign to visit so it is up to J.J. to sort this problem out on the title of the book........The White Horse (Trick) devised by Aengus Og. He fails but Jenny manages to save the day and all is resolved peacefully.
Now here is a strange thing............this book reads a little or indeed a lot like the Bible's version of the creation but in this case it is the Puka who millenia later creates a newer, cleaner and better world and one without faeries or ploddies in it preferably............of course this does not go to plan and something involving an apple tree, two teenagers and a snake sets off a chain of events once again. Another similarity between the Bible and this book of fiction is that one person remains behind in the old, wet Ireland trying to reach everyone with a message. Is this person a Messiah?
All in all yet another ripping good yarn from this wonderful author with loads of really funny moments and also some deeply sad ones. I just wish I had read the book that came in the middle first.
Highly recommended for its good writing and innovative storyline.
5.0 out of 5 stars enthralling,
This review is from: The White Horse Trick (The New Policeman Trilogy) (Hardcover)As this is the third in the series I was expecting more of the same and was dismayed that by the description on the cover as it all seemed a bit science-fictiony and a deary end-of-the-world doom and gloom. I was wrong. I couldn't put the book down and housework ceased until I finished it. Spectacular ending, very clever and very in keeping with the style and humour of her other books. I would make this book a set text in schools if I could.
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
This review is from: The White Horse Trick (Hardcover)In the near future, the world has been destroyed by climate changes. Life is almost impossible in Ireland. The topsoil, for the most part, has been washed away by torrential rain.
Commander Aiden Liddy, last seen as a toddler in THE LAST OF THE HIGH KINGS, is now part of an elite governing army that has stockpiled the food and is in charge of distributing and controlling the population. His general, Donal, has an alternate agenda that might destroy both worlds as they know it.
With T'ír na n'Óg unchanged, the king of the fairies has had an influx of refugees and is not happy about it. The only hope for the two worlds is something that lies within the fairy world.
Pup, one of the citizens under rule of the tyrannical Commander, is upset to one day find his brother missing. Thinking that it's the commander who took him, he confronts him and gets "volunteered" to be part of a special force. The force's job is to go into the fairy world and steal something that will save them all.
But how can Pup trust a man who may have kidnapped his brother? Will Aiden and Pup find a way to save both worlds?
THE WHITE HORSE TRICK is a great fantasy adventure filled with a fast-paced plot and complex characters. Although the global warming issue seems a little heavy, the author does a great job of weaving together a magical story filled with cleverness and teamwork. Readers who like fantasy, adventure, action, fairies, and apocalyptic-type stories will enjoy reading this trilogy in order, beginning with THE NEW POLICEMAN.
Reviewed by: Kira M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Further adventures of JJ Liddy,
This review is from: The White Horse Trick (The New Policeman Trilogy) (Hardcover)This book completes the trilogy; JJ Liddy, who was a boy learning to play the fiddle in "The New Policeman" and a harrassed father in "Last of the High Kings, is now an old man with two adult sons in positions of responsibility in an alternative Ireland rapidly dimishing as the rising waters caused by global warming close in. JJ has links with Tir na n'Og, and the king of the fairies is not at all pleased about the steady influx of refugees, so it all needs sorting out. Aengus Og is up to his tricks, (including the White Horse Trick, which is explained) and there is a lot of humour in this bleak situation: particularly the Daragh's expectation that everyone coming over must be able to play a musical instrument...There is romance, and an unexpected development for the whole world towards the end of the book. Kate Thompson writes with charm about her native land, and shows the full range of her imagination in this book. I still think "The New Policeman" is the best, but this is good.
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The White Horse Trick (The New Policeman Trilogy) by Kate Thompson (Hardcover - 1 Oct 2009)
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