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- File Size : 1037 KB
- Print Length : 369 pages
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- Publisher : ORENDA BOOKS (30 Mar. 2018)
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we join Staker some months after he has fled South Africa having given testimony as to the atrocities he witnessed during the was to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Far from the forgiveness and freedom Straker had hoped to achieve, he is a man on the run, not just from the authorities but from the political and commercial entities who would see him pay for his betrayal. Anyone he comes close to is at risk and Straker has to weigh up the cost of his own happiness over the risk to others. Meanwhile, Raina, the only woman he has ever come close to loving is finding her own world shattered as her family is taken from her. Her search for the truth will see the pair at long last reunited but at what cost?
In writing the Claymore Straker series, Paul Hardisty has managed to strike a beautiful balance between developing a story with a strong socio-political and environmental message and one which is entertaining and compelling, pulling the reader in and holding their attention from start to finish. It is so hard to explain it, but somehow he has managed to take the stark facts of a continent in turmoil, of conflicts which have spanned decades and prejudices which have grown and manifested in people from birth ,and bring them to life on the page. Much of what is written is based in fact, in real events which have blighted much of Africa through the eighties and nineties, but Hardisty has given them a fresh spin, providing readers with a gripping story on which to focus even as the truth lies barely concealed beneath. Some of the embellishments may be exactly that, but they are grounded in that harsh reality, a scary element of realism threaded into every page.
Claymore Straker is almost an anti-hero. He is far from faultless, and part of the beauty of his characters lies in the blend of honour, duty and guilt he feels with every decision he makes, every death which comes either at his hand or as a result of his actions. He is flawed, truly flawed, damaged both physically and mentally, his scars running far deeper than those which are plainly visible. And yet he is one of the most compelling characters I have read in a long while. His physical and mental strength hides a certain kind of vulnerability which informs his character, and his decision making. He is most definitely blinded by his feelings for Raina, no matter how much he fears giving his heart to her, and this is never more evident than in this book. The road he travels is perilous and yet he does so willingly. Betrayed by those he trusts and finding allies in the most unlikely of places, Straker is someone I would willingly follow until the end of his journey.
But this book is not all about Straker. Raina has as much of a part to play in this story as he does. Although a good portion of her story is told through journal entries as she writes a message to Straker that she fears he may never hear, you can feel her strength and determination grow with every page turn. She is not a weak willed person, one to whom dark things happen which she chooses to just accept. She is a force to be reckoned with and a symbol for the strong matriarch, a theme which is mirrored throughout much of the novel. In that respect, much of what has been written is a celebration of the power of the female spirit, the fortitude and guile of those who grace the pages as much as it is a straight forward action thriller.
The language used in this novel is quite beautiful, the imagery as evocative as it is often stark and shocking and used to good effect throughout. It manages to convey a powerful message without appearing overly preaching in its execution. You will feel every strike as it hits home, each gradually escalating emotion pulled from the reader with every page turn. Moments on introspection blend seamlessly with heart thumping action, each one allowing the story to build to a final showdown set against a backdrop of devastating loss. It really is quite something.
If you are looking for literature's answer to 'Guns and Ammo' style action, then this probably isn't the book for you. If you are looking for a beautifully crafted action thriller with both heart and soul - well you've come to the right place. I'm only sad we have to say goodbye to Straker but I can't think of a better way to do it than this.
Claymore Straker was not only building his physical strength back up after his last encounter from the atrocities in South Africa but also his mental well-being. Clay isn’t really a man that lets his guard down very often but he did have more than a soft spot for journalist Rania LaTour. The people who matter to them are now paying a high price for them standing up for justice in the past.
This is an emotional draining story that gives hope in one hand and then takes it away with the other, while making you doubt the sanity of Rania. Rania’s part in the story is told through a diary, which does have a frankness about her true feelings from the past to present day. While Clay is solidly set in present day time in 1997.
The journey for justice and the truth leads them both to Egypt where terrorism is thriving and it becomes a race against the clock if anything can possibly be salvaged from this mixed up tragedy. A very gripping story with a high cost on human life. This is a hard fact story where nothing is held back, the emotional impact is very personal.
I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for a copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
Claymore Straker is back in Absolution, Book 4 in the series from Paul E Hardisty. Published by Orenda Books, these books are described as ‘gripping, page-turning and socially-conscious’
Now in solitude near an island off the coast of Zanzibar on the African coast, Claymore is recuperating and regaining his strength. But not for long…..
Snorkeling off the coast of Africa with his boat Flame tied down and anchored off-shore, Clay (Claymore) Straker is slowly rebuilding his strength after leaving South Africa following some very traumatic events. He is living a relatively stress-free existence and has made close friends with a local family, a mother and her two small children. But for Clay, life is about to get very difficult.
After his swift departure from South Africa, following on from his testimony at Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Clay has made many enemies, lots of enemies. He has witnessed many brutal attacks and has been a victim himself. He is always on guard and aware of his surrounding, covering his steps as best he can but on 26th October 1997, his sanctuary is no more. They find him…….but who are they? And who are they working for? Clay is forced to witness the attack and heinous murder of his friends, leaving him back on the run and fighting for his life and those closest to him.
Meanwhile, his former lover and friend Rania LaTour is settled and married in Paris with a young son. Clay and Rania have a tumultuous history but there is an invisible thread that binds them forever across continents and time. As Clay is struggling to understand who is trying to kill him and why, Rania’s husband and son go missing. Rania is distracted and is concerned that her controversial journalism is in some way responsible for their disappearance. As Rania soon discovers all is not as it seems, as a trail leads her on a very dangerous mission to Egypt where she will unravel the truth…
(Note – Rania’s complete story is told italicised, in diary format, as she writes down her private concerns and thoughts to Clay. My preference would have been for Rania’s story to run in parallel, but not as a diary entry. This is just my own personal observation. I am sure that for many others this will not be the case!)
The turbulent journeys of Clay and Rania lead them both to Egypt, at a time when the country is in turmoil and where terrorism against Western tourists in on the increase. Paul E Hardisty’s books, though fiction, are all wrapped around true events. He brings his readers on a journey through real moments that are forever carved into the history books of our society. Due to his work, the author has been exposed to many dangerous situations where his own life was at times at risk. No stranger to the African continent, he writes with knowledge and experience and this shines through in his writing.
Claymore Straker is a vigilante. He travels alone and most times he works alone. His experiences have thought him never to leave his guard down. His one weakness…Rania.
Absolution takes the reader on a fast-paced explosive journey through the African continent. There are many brutal scenes of violence and death, unnecessary bloodshed, in a society hell-bent on imploding and destroying itself. Yet there is also strength of character, humanity and the will to step above all this chaos and show a hand of friendship and humility.
Absolution recounts one of the many terrifying acts of terrorism on innocent people we have witnessed in recent times. This and other acts of violence are depicted in the novel with shocking clarity, as Clay Straker continues on his path to uncover the truth and expose what is rotten in a society that is hungry for power and money.