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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2013
I really enjoyed this book. It contains so many elements including British gangster, murder mystery, road trip, chase novel, chilling psychopath and of course the majority of it is set in the fantastically painted plains of Africa. The characters have enough depth to be fully rounded without the background exploration slowing the plot speed. What is probably most important is that it is just well written, the descriptive prose, while not over flowery nicely paints the picture, I could see it in my head. This book is well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
I must confess to being quite surprised by this book. The first twenty or thirty pages are at a pace that is not comparable with the rest of the book. If you stick with it you will be rewarded with a well written, entertaining and refreshingly zombie and vampire free adventure. For me, I enjoyed the plot constructs and pace of the second two thirds of the book and it was enough of a reward to warrant the overly complex character development of the first third.

Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2014
Obviously, I only download books which I think I will like, even if they cost nothing. That is why most of my reviews are positive.
In this case the idea is good, and unusual - murderer, having assumed a different identity, on the trot in Africa with a tour group, interactions with different characters whilst his pursuer tries to trace him. All sounds good, but the construction of the story stretches my belief beyond reasonable grounds.
I would have given this a higher rating, but what I found really tedious was that the author, for some strange reason, used no inverted commas to mark the beginning and end of direct speech. This is one of the basic rules of punctuation, and without them, speech becomes extremely tedious to read. It is not 'trendy' to do this, just very annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2013
Once I read the first couple of chapters a few times I managed to work out what was going on!
Good read,had no idea how it would end.
Really got behind the character Jill,a real heroine!
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on 18 October 2014
Julian is a really unpleasant man who runs up many debts. He steals the
identity of Jonathan Bloom and joins an African Safari to escape his debts and
a murder.
After an incident (no spoilers!) the group have to try and make it on foot back
to civilization with little water and no protection from the wild animals. I found this part a little
repetitive. I also disliked very much the lack of quotation marks.
e.g. - We have to do this, said Jill. It is the only way. She didn't know if they could though.

This made it difficult to know what was conversation and what was thoughts or other narrative.
I also thought the character of Smith was totally unnecessary and didn't add to the story at all.

However, the book was fairly fast paced, especially towards the end and I would give it 3.5 stars.
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on 11 February 2014
This is a book that keeps the reader gripped from beginning to end. A man is murdered in London and the killer assumes his identity to take his position on a prior booked safari holidqy in Africa where it is his intention to disappear. Unfortunately, his innocent fellow holidaymakers are caught up in his machiavellian plot and it becomes a matter of man against nature at its most brutal in their attempt to survive. In the meantime, and unbeknown to the murderer, another man with far greater experience is hot on his trail!
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on 10 February 2014
I think the best way to praise this book is to say that if I had realised that most of it took place in an African wilderness I wouldn't have touched it with a bargepole. However I thought it was so well written that it kept me gripped from beginning to end. Even the swapping of viewpoints (baddy, goody and hitman) didn't disrupt the pace. Great stuff, thanks Martin.
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on 4 May 2014
I got this after reading 'Sing like you know the words' by the same author.
I liked this better.
A psychopath steals the identity of a criminal money lender and tries to disappear on a trip to Africa.
His plan draws in the rest of his traveling companions with dire consequences for all involved.
Fast paced and exciting, it's hard to put down.
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on 20 September 2014
not because of the subject matter but rather in the manner it was written. I get why it was written the way it was, however it was a little awkward and slightly tenuous.

Saying that, I did end up enjoying the book and read it through to the end, even rooting for the last four and did an inward 'whoop whoop' for the leopard.
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on 16 January 2014
This book had me gripped. Fast paced and descriptive. I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good suspense thriller
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