The Empty Copper Sea (Travis McGee Mysteries) MP3 CD – Audiobook, 10 Sep 2013
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Praise for John D. MacDonald and the Travis McGee novels
"The" great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller. Stephen King
My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any literature writer yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale. Dean Koontz
To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen. Kurt Vonnegut
A master storyteller, a masterful suspense writer . . . John D. MacDonald is a shining example for all of us in the field. Talk about "the best." Mary Higgins Clark
A dominant influence on writers crafting the continuing series character . . . I envy the generation of readers just discovering Travis McGee, and count myself among the many readers savoring his adventures again. Sue Grafton
One of the great sagas in American fiction. Robert B. Parker
Most readers loved MacDonald s work because he told a rip-roaring yarn. I loved it because he was the first modern writer to nail Florida dead-center, to capture all its languid sleaze, racy sense of promise, and breath-grabbing beauty. Carl Hiaasen
The "consummate" pro, a master storyteller and witty observer . . . John D. MacDonald created a staggering quantity of wonderful books, each rich with characterization, suspense, and an almost intoxicating sense of place. The Travis McGee novels are among the finest works of fiction ever penned by an American author and they retain a remarkable sense of freshness. Jonathan Kellerman
What a joy that these timeless and treasured novels are available again. Ed McBain
Travis McGee is the last of the great knights-errant: honorable, sensual, skillful, and tough. I can t think of anyone who has replaced him. I can t think of anyone who would dare. Donald Westlake
There s only one thing as good as reading a John D. MacDonald novel: reading it again. A writer way ahead of his time, his Travis McGee books are as entertaining, insightful, and suspenseful today as the moment I first read them. He is the all-time master of the American mystery novel. John Saul" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the Travis McGee series and the novel "The Executioners, " which was adapted into the film "Cape Fear." In 1962 MacDonald was named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award. In print he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathetic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, They pay me to do this! They don t realize, I would pay them. He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son. He died in 1986." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Travis McGee has to be one of the most memorable characters that I have ever read about. His witty banter with his close companion Meyer is always entertaining, and often enlightening.
McDonald somehow manages to sneak in his own personal concerns over the destruction of the Florida that he loves so much, without disturbing the plot at all. Brilliant.
The other characters in the book are also very well developed. You get a true feeling for everyone of them, and McDonald can make a character that you either love or hate, with surprising ease.
The best thing about this book are the unforgettable characters and the intricate and detailed plot. Don't miss this book, or any other by McDonald. In fact, I just ordered 2 more Travis McGee books :)
It is best to read the Travis McGee books in sequence. MacDonald wrote 21 books in the T. McGee series and there are pertinent details and chronological events as the series progresses. It's also a nice way to see the evolution of the character; the early McGee novels had no Meyer as a key figure in the books, and McGee grows physically and mentally in the later novels.
Travis obviously gets involved with women throughout the 21 novels, but Empty Copper Sea is pertinent because it depicts the true love of his life, Gretel Howard. A great read to see the development of this relationship and resolution in the following novel.
A column by Jonathan Raban first introduced me to J D MacDonald's Travis McGee novels. MacDonald was a reclusive pulp fiction writer of some pedigree living in isolation in Florida, and his creation, the swashbuckling hero McGee, a `salvage consultant' always solved the crime, fingered the villain and got the girl. They were well written thumping good yarns that consistently made the US best seller lists and influenced great storytellers such as Stephen King and Lee Child. And every book had a trademark reference to a colour in its title.
But through each novel McDonald showcased Florida's decay, and The Empty Copper Sea is no different. The villain Hub Lawless is a businessman and eco-villain, selling land for condos and encouraging strip mall development on the Gulf Coast. By today's standards it's a gentle mystery with well drawn characters and some romance (McGee meets the `love of his life' Gretel Howard whose legacy forms the basis of MacDonald's final novel ` The Lonely Silver Rain) set in an era when you could check in luggage on a flight and not board it, didn't use GPS or telephone records, and the Internet and integrated banking networks didn't exist.
MacDonald, who died in `86, would be horrified by the Florida of today. And whilst many other contemporary writers such as Carl Hiaasen, and musicians like Jimmy Buffett, have taken up his mantle the `sunshine state' has a distinctly less appealing countenance than the one you can read about in these easy to read McGee classics of the sixties and seventies.
An enjoyable read, but of its time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great story brilliant characters. Bring on the next one in the series.Published 7 months ago by Katy Bagnall
Travis McGee is a great character to read, and this story - like all in the series, was hugely enjoyable.Published 23 months ago by Dave Ashcroft
Could not get to grips with the storyline. I do like the Travis McGee books, but I could put this one down for days.Published on 12 April 2014 by Jantje
I now have the entire Travis McGee collection. These are such terrific stories. I first read them in the 70s and fancied rereading them in sequence. Read morePublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by tony layzell
Ever since John D. MacDonald introduced his hero, Travis McGee in "The Deep Blue Good-by" in 1964, readers have looked forward to the next installment of this hero of hue--each... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 1999