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Blood Hunt: A Jack Harvey Novel Paperback – 17 Jan 2002

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (17 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752844067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752844060
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Unmissable Rankin, gripping, involving and read in style by James Frain. (CHOICE)

is the best of them and is deftly read by James Frain (THE IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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A brilliant thriller from the No.1 bestselling author.

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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
It's great to know that Rankin's talents aren't just restricted to writing about Rebus.
The Jack Harvey books are a completely different style, and equally enjoyable. His writing is first class, sometimes stopping me in my tracks with a brilliant sentence.
His Jack Harvey novels are very good reads, maybe not qutie as good as Rebus, but still very enjoyable. Blood Hunt is probably the best one, although i have enjoyed all three very much.
It was very interesting to learn more about Gordon Reeve (who some readers might remember as being the killer from Knots and Crosses). However, if you are to read this, you must forget the events of Knots and Crosses, and with this book they have been completely forgotten, and Rankin instead builds upon Reeve's character. It builds a nice parrallell universe of "what if". What if Knots and Crosses had never happened? How would Gordon Reeve be?
Anyway, all in all a very good book. One of Rankin's best.
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The basic plot of the book is that an ex-SAS soldier goes to America to pay respects to his brother, who supposedly committed suicide. Only, all is not what it seems. With large, corporate companies, police officers and PI agencies on his tail, the main character, Gordon Reeve, is in a race against time to find out what really happened to his brother, because it soon becomes clear that suicide was not the cause of his brother's death.
A brilliant story, intracately woven with twists and turns, leaving you on the edge of seat. Action & Mystery - Ian Rankin's best book yet.
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I generally enjoy Rankin - Rebus or otherwise, but I found this very disappointing stuff - lots of drunkenness and violence and running about but the plot is extremely absurd (save the world by killing one nasty man - this solves sea pollution, BSE, CJD, Organophosphate poisoning, smoking in the developing world, pesticides on crops, ME, and more. Not nuclear weapons I think, but I may have missed that...). And the magic drugs are a very crude plot device (though the rape-as-medicine might be worse) - surely he should think of something better?

And the book ends without any resolution of anything besides the killing of one of the nasties - though right at the end there is a vague suggestion that he was not as nasty as he seems and both he and the hero were duped. But then just as things seem to be turning interesting we abruptly lose that along with all the save-the-world stuff. I think Rankin was desperate to finish this one and had reached the reached the required number of words!

I had Rankin down as a thinking person's writer but this is Rankin in Sun-reader mode. Try another one!
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I read this book as I had run out of Rebus & Fox novels to read, and was told that IR wrote a couple of books under the name of Jack Harvey.
This book for me does not compare to the Rebus series of books at all, which is a shame as I have read all of them and enjoyed them greatly.
The main character in this book is a bit of a loner ex military SAS hard as nails out to revenge his brothers murder. The one man army reminds me a bit of the Jack Reacher character but not written in such an interesting way. I found the fact That the main character Reeve never really came up against any problems that were a problem, it was all a bit plain sailing.
I also missed the dry humour which Rankin manages to put into his other novels, maybe this is something he developed as his writing matured.

Witch Hunt is another book Ian wrote under Jack Harvey and that one gets a full thumbs up!!
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Fast paced, exciting - a book you just can't put down once you start it.
My only slight critisiscm is that some of the military technicalities aren't consistent with factual based military books I've read, nonetheless definately recommended.
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This was the most disappointing book by Ian
Rankin/Jack Harvey that I have read - and I think I have read - and enjoyed - most of them by now.
The book's major premise - that our hero's brother has been assassinated rather than committed suicide seems to involve evil multinational chemical companies, some form of genetic modification causing BSE, lots of transatlantic travel, and much murderous action. Sadly none of it hangs together, nor is explained, very well. I ended the book with little sympathy (or memory) of any of the characters and a feeling that I didn't really care anyway.
That this is the last of the Jack Harvey novels to be re-published does not surprise me - it is certainly the weakest.
I'd recommend it only for the serious bibliophile who wants to collect the full set of Rankin/Harvey books. Otherwise steer clear.
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The scenario is a familiar one.You are living life in a mediocre fashion.Then comes that phone call.The one that changes your life.The only difference is that you have a past in the SAS and that changed who you are and how you accept the news the phone call brings.Your estranged brother is dead,a suicide.Suddenly his life and death needs your attention.
Having read all the Rebus novels and enjoyed them I was looking forward to a new character as hero.I finished the book disappointed.The uneven pace of the plot kept me turning the page but I didn't feel pulled into it.
The inevitable climax where the past and present meet was action-packed.But I felt let down by the fact that all the threads weren't neatly tied.I wanted to know what happened to the main string-puller.Did the information get out or was it surpressed?I felt the book needed another 20 pages or so to explain all this.
Please try harder Jack Harvey or stick to being Ian Rankin.
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