- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd (25 July 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1909841072
- ISBN-13: 978-1909841079
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,906,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blood of the Dragon Trees Paperback – 25 Jul 2013
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To be honest I didn't like this book, I found it hard to find and follow the storyline and thought that there was no flow through the chapters, maybe if shorter chapters or chapter breaks where used it might of helped.
We are introduced to some colourful characters as the flavour and nature of the island is revealed, and the hint of romance hangs in the air. Laura, the English governess is drawn to Felipe, the darkly handsome brother of her Spanish employer, then the mysterious Andrew attracts her attention. There is history between those two.
There is also something deliciously sensuous about the description of Senora Pineda, the cook, vigorously slicing open a fresh wholemeal roll, her pendulous chest and upper arms wobbling with the cutting motion. And when she lops off thin slivers of cucumber and places them on top of the cheese and tomato, why do I think of knives, and blood, and sliced flesh? This is vigorous, dramatic writing, and sends shivers down my spine.
Another scene where Laura takes a bath is blissfully described. These gems give pause while the story races on, scene giving way to action-packed scene, where neither the characters nor the reader knows exactly what is happening or why.
Lots of shooting and plenty of sexual innuendo hasten to a dramatic climax, not without touches of humour, and a dig or two at Health & Safety laws.
Despite the danger, with surprisingly little bloodshed, the Dragon Tree wins out, and the cleverly crafted story comes full circle,drawing to a surprising but credible close.
This is a breathless read - totally satisfying.
Another fast moving thriller from Nik Morton. Set in the Canaries this time, it revolves around the illicit trade in endangered species, not to mention illegal immigration, so it’s a novel with a message.
Plenty going on in the relationship sphere too, with love and nastiness in juxtaposition, and the Spanish police get more than just a look in, providing some interesting insights into their modus operandi. What with enough sex to keep the voyeur brigade on the edge of their seats and some cutting-edge violence in between the reader has little opportunity to relax – or fall asleep.
The ending is not to be revealed, incorporating a subtle twist. Read and ye shall find!
In passing I should mention that I was originally drawn to this book by the links mentioned in CATACLYSM, one of Nik’s series titles that I recently reviewed. The events in CATACLYSM didn’t spoil my enjoyment of BLOOD OF THE DRAGON TREES even though the latter title was published first.
This book really merits 4.5 stars, but it has so many 5-star awards already I thought I would dare to be
Without ever falling into the trap of being a tourist guide of Tenerife, Morton's book offers the reader a visual feast, a detailed view of the island, its scenery, its people and its culture. For any Canary aficionados, this is a must.
It's a well-constructed love story and thriller with plenty of suspense, false trails and derring-do. The bad people get their comeuppance, the good find the justice they seek, and love conquers all. And there's a final twist in the tail to tantalise the most critical reader. Well written, visually descriptive but fast-paced, this is a must for any holiday anywhere!
Romantically, I could sympathise with the heroine Laura and enjoyed her predicament in having to choose between the enigmatic Andrew and the exotic Felipe. The background details about trading in endangered species and human trafficking proved enlightening and of course sadly are still very topical. The author clearly knows his stuff.
Maybe it's a rather well-worn turn of phrase but I really did find the book hard to put down
Set on the idyllic holiday island of Tenerife, the novel exposes how illegal traders in endangered species and also human trafficking, thrive on making a massive fortune from their disgusting activities there.
Who would ever think, least of all the heroine, Laura Reid, when she takes up her attractive post teaching the young twins, Maria and Ricardo Chavez, that these unthinkable goings-on actually exists on the lovely Canary Islands? Or that she would unsuspectingly become involved with such atrocities when she meets Andrew Kirby and his pal Jalbala. But then as the story begins to unfold it soon becomes evident that logistically in many ways these islands are ideally located for it.
Nik Morton has woven a masterfully written fictional story based on these appalling facts - a thriller and romance rolled into one that draws you in with plenty of suspense and fast paced action. Each chapter ends with a hook leading you eagerly on to the next. The characters and all the location settings on the island are colourfully realised.
The author, who clearly knows Tenerife well, gets it absolutely right. Not once did I feel that all the research that must have gone into writing such an emotive and gripping thriller becomes too obvious.
I congratulate Nik Morton on this gripping page turner, which culminates in a very exciting and satisfying ending. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Blood of the Dragon Trees is the first Nik Morton novel I’ve read. Based on this one, I can’t wait to read the other mystery/thrillers he has available. Read morePublished on 26 July 2014 by Avid Reader
If you enjoy a fast-paced, exciting thriller set against an exotic background, then Blood of the Dragon Trees is the book for you. Read morePublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by KB Sharp
This is an excellently written, fast paced thriller set in Tenerife- an island I’ve not yet been to, but now feel I want to! Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by nanjar
I enjoyed this read. It is a traditional adventure thriller with badder-than-bad baddies and a clean-cut hero fighting for a cause that is right up to the minute - the trade in... Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2013 by Ailsa Abraham