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5.0 out of 5 stars "Once the cycle began it couldn't be stopped..."
Thobela Mpayipheli is an African giant, ex-spy, who is now living with his fiancé and her son in a small town in South Africa, called Guguletu. He has vowed never to go back to his old life, but his peaceful existence is broken when Monica Kleintjes, the daughter of one of his dear friends from the past, asks for his help. Johnny Kleintjes has been kidnapped and...
Published on 29 Dec 2004 by Sebastian Fernandez

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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable
Not quite up to the standard of Meyer's previous two novels featuring Zatopek Van Meerden. Here he is relegated to a supporting role, something of a disappointment, with his replacement Tiny Thobela a less winning creation. Though the plot is often schematic and the central narrative stretches credibility, this remains a stark indictment of the corruption and ineptitude...
Published on 9 July 2004 by Mr. Warren M. Fisher


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5.0 out of 5 stars "Once the cycle began it couldn't be stopped...", 29 Dec 2004
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Sebastian Fernandez (Tampa, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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Thobela Mpayipheli is an African giant, ex-spy, who is now living with his fiancé and her son in a small town in South Africa, called Guguletu. He has vowed never to go back to his old life, but his peaceful existence is broken when Monica Kleintjes, the daughter of one of his dear friends from the past, asks for his help. Johnny Kleintjes has been kidnapped and will only be released upon the delivery of a disk containing information that is crucial to national security. Kleintjes gathered this information when working in an integration project in an effort to document the real history relating to the events that took place in the dark era of the Apartheid.
Thobela, or Tiny as his friends call him, is a mysterious man that shows great kindness at moments, and cold-blooded violence at others. In a world when everyone wants to see things white or black, he presents a solid gray. This can be clearly appreciated by the reaction of the people as he goes on his quest, mounted on a powerful motorbike. Some see him as a hero, while others regard him as a dangerous man who cannot be good because he used to work as a "collector" for a drug baron. There is one reporter for the Cape Times, Allison Healy, who tries to answer the question: Is Tiny good or bad? This will provide us with valuable insight regarding the main character, but: can the question be answered with certainty?
One would thing that helping a friend that has been kidnapped would be hard enough, but Thobela has other problems too. Janina Metz, a high ranked officer in one of the intelligence agencies, had a wire that allowed her to listen to the conversation between the kidnappers and Monica. Therefore, she activated a special forces group led by a violent and vicious captain named Mazibuko. The idea is to prevent Tiny from delivering the information to the kidnappers. Thus, he is drawn into a mission filled with dangers and violence; a mission in which he will be faced with a worthy opponent in the relentless captain Mazibuko.
The exotic setting, the cleverly crafted plot, the exciting action, and the rich and complex main character, make this a novel that has it all. Deon Meyer has created a real masterpiece that is not even one notch below the work of some great authors in the genre, like John le Carré. I will be eagerly looking forward to this Meyer's new book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but enjoyable, 9 July 2004
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Mr. Warren M. Fisher (East Grinstead, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Not quite up to the standard of Meyer's previous two novels featuring Zatopek Van Meerden. Here he is relegated to a supporting role, something of a disappointment, with his replacement Tiny Thobela a less winning creation. Though the plot is often schematic and the central narrative stretches credibility, this remains a stark indictment of the corruption and ineptitude of post-Apartheid South Africa.
An interesting novel from a gifted author, this remains a flawed but enjoyable thriller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Action Thriller, 26 Jan 2011
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J. W. Platt "Author of the Book" (The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This is the first Deon Meyer novel I have read. What a brilliant writer he is, with such a perceptive touch in peeling away the multiple layers of modern South African society, for good or ill, where all who lived through the history of recent decades are present day victims of the past in one form or another. Conspiracy, deception and cover-up in which no holds are barred and no-one is quite whom he or she seems to be are laced through the story from the highest level of government down. The hero is fit to stand on the page of any major thriller and to be compared with the very best. A central theme of the book pits him against the forces of the state in a man hunt conducted against the backdrop of the magnificent South African landscape. His loyalty to his friends and the sheer humanity of his character shine through his actions. If a six-star rating was possible I would give it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa today, 6 Sep 2012
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Very Good thriller but more important a picture of the confused racial politics tensions and corruption of Meyer's South Africa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant trip into SA politics as well as a great thriller, 10 July 2011
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Brilliant. Translation works and the evocation of the Cape Town environment is excellent. A real thriller that deals sensitively with the many problems the Rainbow Nation still faces as a legacy from the past.

Exciting and riveting story telling
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 8 Dec 2013
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This is my third book by this author and I read it without a break. Deon Meyer is a master story teller. The story is infused with the history, cultural mix and the languages of South Africa. The plot is excellent. Characters are portrayed with great skill and subtlety. A real tour de force.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the hunter, 19 Nov 2013
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I good read worth the time keeps you interested look forward to reading more Deon Meyer stories what makes interesting for me was I have lived in CT
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, 27 Aug 2013
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Another gripping story from Deon Meyer who never fails to enthrall the reader. Very evocative descriptions of South Africa and the story grips you from beginning to end. A South African assassin who works for the Russians, retires but his past life catches up with him. I can thoroughly recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, 1 Jun 2013
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I really enjoyed the authors first 2 books and was pleased to have found a new writer. However I just couldnt get into this book, either the characters or the plot and gave it up after 100 pages. Maybe it improved after that but I was bored and had reached my limit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my view, 14 April 2013
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Find deon myer books very exciting and cant wait to read the next page,has great charceters. Having spent a great of time in south africa can relate to all the places he writes about.
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