5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One I recommend
Having really enjoyed A Girl on the Swing I lost no time in downloading the latest from Ali. I was not dissapointed with it and truly enjoyed it as much as G on a S. Try the sample and then buy, it you will be glad you did. I will also buy the next when it comes out.
Published on 22 April 2011 by Scorpio
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but not exciting enough for me
Having read the other reviews, I wonder if I missed something. I have to say I adored "Girl on a Swing" but was somewhat disappointed with "Cave". I enjoyed the way the story moved backwards and forwards in time as Marty relived his experiences. The story was good but I didn't feel enough suspense and excitement throughout the book. All the answers came in the end but...
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by L. Walker
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One I recommend,
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Ali Cooper book,
Cave is Marty's story, told in the first person. Marty is stuck in a Welsh cave after someone has tried to kill him. He details his attempts to survive and escape from this potential tomb, and tells the reader the story that has brought him to this point. Marty started caving at uni and was part of a tight group. Meeting Carole and getting married ultimately brought his caving expeditions to an end, but when they undertake a trial separation Marty meets up with the gang again for this first time in ten years. He is re-bitten by the caving bug and drawn back into the group, which includes his first love Beth.
I loved the way the book started with Marty's current predicament and wove together recent events and the group's history to finally reveal at the end how it was all inter-linked. I couldn't imagine any of the characters being the culprit so I was hooked and couldn't wait to see whodunnit. Towards the end of the book there are a lot of revelations that make things clear.
I found it interesting that Marty comes across as pretty likeable, although a bit of a lad. Then late in the book he is subjected to a bit of a character assassination from one of his friends which cast him in a different light. I was still rooting for him though. As it is all told from his viewpoint the other characters are developed to the best extent possible without Marty being omniscient.
I have never been caving, but this book made me want to give it a try and made me realise I probably wouldn't be very good at it - not keen on the idea of tight crawls at all. To help the non-caver the author has put a definition of various caving terms at the start of each chapter, usually in relation to a new term that appears for the first time in that chapter. I thought it was a really good way of putting in a glossary without the reader needing to go backwards and forwards to an actual glossary, and while I'd have understood some of the terms in context others wouldn't have been so obvious.
This book has been well written and proofread, and if I was trying to be critical I would say that the very end, an epilogue of sorts, maybe wasn't necessary. I might have been happy without that and left to surmise for myself what might have happened next. That said, if it hadn't been included I would probably have wanted an epilogue to find out what happened next, so this is just being picky. I loved this book, the setting, the characters and the tension throughout. In a way it's another example in my recent run of bloke lit. The description says it's a coming of age story, the age being 40, but it's a whole lot more too. It's another great read by Ali Cooper.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars made me late for work!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from my past,
This review is from: Cave (Paperback)Absolutely loved this book as it took me back in time to my twenty's (now 43) when I used to go caving in the same area of South Wales as Ali is describing in her book, don't live far from there now.Recognized some of the caves and area she is describing and could also relate to some of the stories the friends in the book got up to in their younger days.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave book review,
This review is from: Cave (Paperback)I have just enjoyed another book by Ali Cooper.Cave was quite different from 'A girl on the Swing',it certainly brought to life some of the magic of the underground world.The characters were very real and I certainly had opinions on some of them after I had finished.
The ending is slightly open,but is satisfying. Yes,I would recommend a friend to get a copy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A real surprise! Great book,
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave by Ali Cooper,
This review is from: Cave (Paperback)This is a novel about caving. Marty, the narrator, finds himself trapped alone in a cave with his entrance route cut off and a death threat ringing in his ears. What follows is his quest for another way out, punctuated by reminiscences as complicated as the passages and side tunnels of the cave.
Now to get me into a cave like that, it would have to have some 10,000 year old wall paintings (in colour), but I thoroughly enjoyed the vivid description of the mineral formations and water features of the cave as well as the terminology and procedures of the sport. I was also impressed (maybe I shouldn't be) by the way the female author gets into the head of the male protagonist.
The book deals with the camaraderie (similar to that of coal miners) of a disparate bunch of young cavers, their personal lives and their secrets, betrayal, marital infidelity and jealousy, and the taking, making and smuggling of recreational drugs. If there is a safety message it is that alcohol, drugs and waterlogged caves do not mix well. A number of plot twists ensure that interest is sustained to the end. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but not exciting enough for me,
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave: The Low Down,
As the events unfold, Marty tries various ways to get to safety and when each ends in failure he returns to the same spot to take stock and plan the next one. He's plucky, and if he's going to go down, he's definitely going down in flames. As he carefully rations his food and plans each attempt to get to safety he is prompted to think through events and aspects of his recent life, taking the reader through them with him.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book because, initially, I didn't like Marty. It is clear, at the start, that for a large portion of his life he's been a total git.
However, I am glad I kept going (I whizzed through Cave in a couple of days in the end) because as I began understand Marty's personal development I began to like him a lot more. He is unfailingly honest with himself and as he starts to face up to his faults he seems vulnerable and human in a way that makes many of his less attractive traits forgiveable. He wants to make sense of his emotions and relationships but he doesn't always get it right. This is an appealing flaw, too. His character development is subtle and beautifully drawn and as the book progressed I found that, underneath the vacuous exterior, lay a far deeper and more rounded personality than I'd expected.
The quality of the writing is excellent, indeed, the denoument, while it works perfectly well, is effective, first and foremost, because the author has the writing skill to carry it off.
I read the e-book, which was very well presented and I didn't spot any typos.
A cracking book, thoroughly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cave,
The kindle has created a lot of indie authors. As far as I can tell, these authors exist on a kind of spectrum. At one end are the vanity publishers and at the other end are authors who should be published, no matter in what form, because they are good writers, their books are professional, well written and deserve to be read. I would put Ali Cooper very firmly at the top end of this spectrum - this is a great story and, as a reader, that is all that interests me. The book is well edited, without typos and the story is atmospheric, with characters you care about. I have never been caving, but Ali Cooper evokes a real sense of how it would feel, what the dangers are and what Marty is facing far below the ground. Highly recommended and a really enjoyable read. All Martin has to do is survive, but that is easier said that done... I'm glad I gave this book a try and would certainly read future books by this author.
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Cave by Ali Cooper (Paperback - 17 Aug 2011)