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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 1 edition (15 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751542040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751542042
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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The explosive new thriller

About the Author

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes.

Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death.
He lives in Sydney.


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I'm not sure what to make of this. Bombproof is a fun and an enjoyable thriller, but it really, really doesn't feel like a Michael Robotham novel. Former DI Ruiz is here sure enough, and although retired he's still the right man for the job when there is a girl missing and he's asked to help out with finding her, but what are we to make of her brother Sami Macbeth, an ex-con just released from prison who seems to have gotten caught up in a terrorist bombing of the London Underground while trying to free her from the clutches of some dangerous and influential London gangsters?

Sami's extraordinary run of bad luck continues through a series of escalating disasters, which sees his face plastered across the TV and has everyone from half of the London underworld to the SAS and Special Terrorism Units after him on a shoot-to-kill basis. All of this however has the feel of parody, picking up on the public's fears of terrorist bombings and the casual xenophobia and racism that lies behind it, and playing it for some dubious satire. That's fair enough and quite fun, but really, the plot is far from credible and all the characters - from the head of the Counter-Terrorism unit to the unconvincing London gangsters - are one-dimensional. I don't recognise in Bombproof anything of the Michael Robotham who normally writes on a deeper and more personal level than this.

Taken on its own terms, even though part of me was horrified at the tastelessness and improbability of the plot, Bombproof is indeed a fun and a thrilling read and I literally couldn't put the book down. I'm sure other readers coming fresh to this will enjoy it immensely, but I just couldn't come to terms with this as a Michael Robotham thriller. I'd be very interested to see what other fans of the author make of this.
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The improbable tale here killed this book for me. We have an innocent guy (Sami Macbeth) just released from prison, having completed his term. He searches for his missing sister, remains in non-stop trouble, gets involved in what appears to be terrorist activity and escapes from incredible situations multiple times.

The now retired detective Ruiz also features as someone who tries to help Sami. We also have corruption and a number of unanswered questions. There are a couple of good lines in the book but the writing lacks richness and the characterizations the author is usually able to develop.

I finished Robotham's "Shatter' not too long ago; "Bombproof' is a long way off the standard Robotham set in that book and others prior to it. 7/10
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I know that this book was originally published in Australia as part of a government sponsored program for the encouragement of reading. I guess it was something of a potboiler, and that is how it reads. Both characters and plot are pretty unconvincing. A sad disappointment.
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I was very disapointed with this book, I even wondered if someone else had written it.
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I'm a great fan of Michael Robotham's O'Loughlin novels, so bought this looking forward to similar sensitive, authentic, high quality writing. But this could have been rattled off by a completely different author. One with scant regard not only for his readers' intelligence but also for plausibility of plot and characterisation.

I read it to the end out of curiosity and to see just how silly the finale would be. But I started skimming at about the three quarter mark when it became clear that all hope of realism had been cheerfully abandoned. Substituted by Hollywood-style action, with the cliche scenarios accelerating in frequency.

I could understand if this had been a very early novel. But the inclusion of Ruiz and the references to his friend O'Loughlin clearly show that it post-dates at least one of them.

Written to a deadline for a quick payoff perhaps? But at what risk to his reputation with previous fans like me!
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Having read almost all Michael Robotham's books I was not so keen on this one. Slightly disappointing and sometimes silly!
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By Luanne Ollivier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2014
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I often have library patrons asking me if I can recommend a crime author or series to them. Absolutely! It's my favourite genre.

One oft overlooked author is award winning Australian Michael Robotham. He's been on my must read list for quite awhile.

Robotham opens Bombproof with an explosive (literally) opening sequence. How could Sami MacBeth's life get any worse...

"Three days ago he walked out of prison and swore he'd never go back. Thirty-six hours ago he was shagging Kate Tierney, the woman of his wet dreams, in a suite at the Savoy thinking life was looking up. Now he's carrying a rucksack that could send him to prison for the rest of his life through the West End of London and he's turned himself into the most wanted man in Britain. This is how it happened."

I was hooked! Robotham is a master storyteller. Bombproof is fast-paced, action-packed and full of surprises. The plot is dark and gritty, but Robotham inserts some dark humour as well. A bit of stretch in a few places, but absolutely a page turner. Bombproof reads like an action flick. Read an excerpt of Bombroof.

Bombproof is an older stand alone story of Robotham's. Mullholland Books has released it in the U.S. as an ebook. Robotham pens a fantastic series featuring psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and homicide Detective Vincent Ruiz. The next U.S. release in this series is Watching You (about a woman who has been stalked - her entire life). It's due out in March/14. Watch for it - I will be.
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