- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 512.0 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tom Benson; 3 edition (26 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M66J8RM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,918 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As well being a romance, the investigative side of the book is cleverly intertwined on several different levels: Crystal's researches into her past, Dan's background checks into who might be stalking them both, as well as the assassin's own activities. The romance and the emerging story of the dangers they both face is very cleverly brought to life by lots of superbly written dialogue, which serves not only to show off the their surroundings and the feel and history of Amsterdam, but continually drives the story forward - and quintessentially Dutch, often from the saddle of a bicycle - one of the best examples of `show, not tell' I've read in a long time.
As in all Tom's books, there is great attention to detail. Readers who expect and demand authenticity in their reading will not be disappointed; the geography, history, and every other aspect of Amsterdam are thoroughly well researched, a fact which shines throughout the book. Those who have read Tom Benson's previous book, Ten Days In Panama, will no doubt pick up on the subtle links to that book too. The romance is beautifully developed but without an over-reliance on the physical side. All the characters are totally believable and well developed, complimented by a cleverly interwoven background story of the history and courage of the Dutch people during the war. I'd also say that this is a book that will appeal to a female readership as opposed to the predominantly male readership of the more traditional thriller... An intelligently well written book that ticks all the right boxes for me...
Tom Benson's book is very different, which is not a criticism in the least, as it caters for a very different market, and does so very well. His is more of an adventure story, cum travelogue, cum romance. I am certain that for this reason it will, in addition, appeal to a wide female readership.
The characters in this book are well fed and comfortable professional people who somehow find themselves in situations which provide their happy lives with a frisson of much-needed excitement. Nothing wrong with that. The whole tone is laid back and relaxed, with action scenes kept to a minimum. The entire impression is that although there are impending hiccups in their smooth sailing lives, the characters will surely have luck on their side in the end and live happily ever after. So I can say that there most definitely is a market for this kind of story, written in the unique style that writers like Tom Benson have developed, and it is probably a very large market, given that many more female readers will be attracted to this kind of story. Readers who would not be attracted to a no holds barred, all action, all suspense kind of story that would usually be read almost exclusively by men. It is a comfortable, enjoyable, pleasant and diverting read and once its presence is established to its target audience it will surely sell well.
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Well researched and written quite well.
Very interesting characters and setting.