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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2013
Who is Iain Parke? Do you know? Does he know? Does he even exist? Mystery surrounds Iain Parke just as much as it surrounds his novels which have become a sensation in the past few years.
His foray into the murky world of bikers in the UK has seen him become a cult figure in a traditionally close knit and misunderstood community. The Brethren Trilogy was intelligent, original and captivating as each novel unravelled and blurred the lines between fantasy and reality. Parke himself became one of the main characters in the books in a fascinating series of novels that gripped the reader from first page to last.
Parke always finishes his books with a disclaimer about his novels being fiction but even after reading them I am not so sure. You become so engrossed in what he has written that the final disclaimer still feels like part of the novel; another path he is leading you down to confuse you, to throw you off the scent.
It was with that background that I gulped down his latest offering - Operation Bourbon. The book is presented as a jigsaw of transcripts, police evidence, news stories and previously unpublished material from the original trilogy that the Publishers have put together. While the original novels focussed almost entirely on the biker world in England this one is firmly focussed on the same world north of the border. It follows the incredible undercover journey of a police officer who spends years infiltrating an MC and his trials and tribulations as he becomes part of that world.
The enigmatic way the novel is pieced together captivates throughout. The beauty of Parke's style is that nobody in these novels is a hero but we are drawn into their lives and we have a fascination for who they are and how they live. More so than the Brethren Trilogy, Operation Bourbon describes in great detail how the world of the MC works, how you get into it and what it means to be in it. It is a form of anti-society but rather than being pure fantasy it is, of course, based entirely on fact.
Parke's description of this world is amongst the best I have ever read - and that includes myriad true biker story books that exist out there. He treats his subject with respect but not reverence and that is key.
Operation Bourbon is a must read not just for anybody who has interest in the biking world but for anybody who likes to read a well structured, well thought out story with real characters and descriptive excellence.
It forces you to re-read paragraphs to be sure you have taken in what was written, it makes you question what you are reading and most of all it messes with your head. But that is exactly what Parke wants - if he even exists.
I enjoyed my first shot of Bourbon. I expect, I hope and I crave more shots to follow. Take a bow Iain Parke, whoever you are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
Read the first three biker books and had the author on my radio show.
Told him then there was more of this style needed,glad he agreed.
Up to the usual high standard,either has a inside track to outlaw biker life or more likely just does his research,unlike many other authors who try to write this style of book.
Loved the way he used several differing sources to tell the story,i wont spoil it by telling you more.
Best you go buy the book and the other in this series,you wont regret you did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2013
book is as good a read as the previous trilogy. excellent storyline and unputdownable. if you havent read the brethern trilogy take my advice and get em .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2014
Another novel about the British Outlaw Biker scene by Iain. Like the Brethren Trilogy I found that I couldn't put it down. Now I've got to wait for the next installment....... If you want a gripping read my advice is to read Iain's books.
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on 25 July 2015
Do not waste even a second of your life reading this book, it is a complete and utter mess from beginning to its dull uneventful end.
There is no story, it's a jumble of apparently disconnected fragments of 'meetings' tape recordings' 'transcripts' all of which are in no apparent order. This book fails completely to tell what may be a very interesting story of long term in depth undercover policing, having wasted money and time reading this mish mash I am still none the wiser as to what happened, what the outcome was, what has happend since the operation came to an end, (if it did, as I can't recall reading that it did) and why it was started in the first place.
I had to give it one star as there is no way I can award any less.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
Another great read from the mysterious Mr Parke. A novel and interesting way of presenting a book. Well done and thank you for a great read.
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on 17 November 2014
Having read and enjoyed the other books in the series I thought I would give this a try. Basically it is a lot of disjointed chapters that just do not conjure up any real interest. A bit like reading a very boring newspaper account.
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on 14 September 2014
Excellent, thoroughly enjoyed it. Takes you back to the trilogy but from the rebels side. Well worth reading and looking for the next one.
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on 20 April 2015
Excellent as good as the Heavy Duty Trilogy
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on 30 March 2015
keep readin, book 4 more background info
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