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In complete contrast to his very successful debut novel "The Wave at Hanging Rock", this gripping book has action, adventure, tension and excitement!
The story is told through Jake's very honest point of view. He and his flat mate Ben have racked up thousands of pounds worth of student debt. When Ben comes up with an idea of organising themselves on a drug run to clear their debts and set them up for life, what could go wrong? How will their lives change?
The engaging characters are true naive students with typical young attitudes that you can't help but like.
During the rough time at sea it was almost like I was in the boat with them so brilliant were the descriptions and narrative of the storm. There were at times in the first half of the book when I felt particularly tense and nervous as to whether they would succeed and I thought the ending was very apt to the plot and that the author conveyed this perfectly.
I'm afraid I don't have much knowledge of drugs etc so I trust the author with his facts and information - it's obvious there's been a lot of research carried out into drugs and drug running.
Fast paced, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable, I highly recommmend "The Desert Run" - Gregg Dunnet is a fabulously talented writer that I'm so pleased to have discovered. He could easily be compared to some of the more well known writers of this genre and I believe this book would make a brilliant film.
I do hope the author will be writing more entertaining books, and I wish him continued success for the future.
A fab 5 stars!!
The premise is that two young men run up debts whilst in further education (as you do) and hatch a plan to wipe out their debts with a big drug import trip. They really haven't any idea how to do this but by a combination of luck, some intelligence and some partially developed common sense, a plan is formed and eventually off they set on their adventure. To tell much more would probably spoil things, which I really don't want to do as this is such a well crafted story. It does hook you and it progresses I find at just the right pace. Of course this adventure they set out on is only the start of things. It's a bit like climbing a mountain. You can see what you think is the summit but when you get there, there's more. Only this is more enjoyable.
The characters are believable, identifiable, interesting and sometimes even mesmeric. You care about them and their successes and setbacks. You probably identify with them. Certainly you'll identify with at least some of their character traits.
So, dear reader, my advice at this juncture is to read this book. It's engaging, enjoyable and frankly, a jolly good read. I, for one hope that Gregg Dunnett continues to write because I can only see his works getting better and better.
The idea works quite well. The protagonist is scared stiff a lot of the time, which makes this a little more realistic than many similar tales, where the smuggler boldly walks through customs without a care in the world. There are times when the story slows a little, but at least some care has been taken with the grammar so we don't have too many of the type of mistake we see all too often in Amazon published books. There is the odd error but it's not crammed full of them like some books I've had the misfortune to attempt to read.
To summarise, I quite enjoyed this and would probably read another of Mr. Dunnett's stories. It's a bit off the beaten track in concept and approach which makes it a refreshing change.
The storyline knits a series of physical journeys and relationships into Jakes’ life story. Beginning with a recently bereaved Jake arriving at University the narrative takes you on the roller coaster ride that is his life from there on. Wonderfully well written, the book brings to life Jake’s experiences, thoughts, fears, friendships and relationships and plays them into the events that followed a pivotal decision driven by unsurmountable debt and the absolute need to begin his adult life free of it. The writing is cleverly evocative - you can feel and share Jake’s stress and terror as events unfold in a series of terrifying encounters played out across the world, a world which becomes increasingly threatening and dangerous for Jake before a devastating climax at the end of an almost disastrous ocean voyage that is so well described you can almost feel the waves pounding into the boat…
I’m no stranger to adversity, danger and austere challenging environments and so could fully empathise with what Jake was feeling on his journey and in describing those feelings Gregg has done a really great job of bringing them to life.
All up a terrific read that I would recommend to anyone - once you're in you won't be able to put it down till it's done...
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Really looking forward to Greg's next book.