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5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Identity--Hidden Gem, 16 Jun. 2010
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N. E. Miller "novelist" (Cambridge, MA) - See all my reviews
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Hidden Identity a hidden gem . . .

Ralph Alcock's debut novel Hidden Identity is an absolute page-turner: a thriller, with something for everyone. Scenes move swiftly through time and across the globe, between Western Australia, the English Midlands and the East Coast of the US. This is an intergenerational story starting in the roaring twenties, developing through the great industrial works of the 1930s and the devastation of the Second World War and culminating in the 1970's, when the sins of the fathers come home to roost. As we follow the footsteps of young and amiable Joe Jackson through a maze of family history and intrigue, we enter the chambers of uptight London barristers, the parlours of the Derbyshire elite, the primordial ooze of Kalgoorlie, the jittery cockpit of a Mosquito fighter plane, the greasy truck-stops of the New Jersey interstate and bloody dens of the mafia in the crooked, murderous world of large freight handling . . .
At the center of the tale, stand two dynamic, ambitious, enterprising Englishmen--construction partners Charlie and George. They share the same talents, the same business and the same thirst for success--however only one will survive the rough landscape and gruelling industrial work of building dams, while the other is buried alive.
The author deftly interweaves twentieth century history with a vast knowledge of civil engineering and the diverse geography of three countries to fascinating effect--truly, I never thought mud, clay, and tractors could be so interesting. The characters--young, old, fat, svelte, sly, brutish, greedy and gangly, are colourful and vibrant; the settings rich in local detail and atmosphere; and the plot twists and turns right to the very last page. And if I haven't mentioned it before, the descriptions of food and diners are magnificent. With an uncanny eye and (nose) for the ordinary and extraordinary sensations of the physical world in which we live, Ralph Alcock brings the mug of steaming coffee in his character's hands right to his reader's lips, and deeply we drink--relishing every sip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner..., 29 Jun. 2010
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What a page turner! I was interested after the first couple of pages and then hooked throughout this enjoyable and thrilling tale. The descriptions of places, people and everyday occurences are brought to life through the imaginative prose. The characters are believable and nicely illustrated for the reader. I enjoyed your book Ralph Alcock, looking forward to the next one!
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Hidden Identity by Ralph Alcock (Paperback - 14 April 2010)
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