A Five Year Plan Paperback – 1 Aug 1998
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Phillip Kerr has been called "Michael Crichton's smarter brother" due to his wide- ranging intelligence and technical knowledge. Dave Delano, the protagonist of this lively thriller, is an American who's educated himself in prison--serving a sentence for a manslaughter he didn't commit. Newly fluent in Russian, he's intrigued by the idea of redistributing wealth, particularly the Mafia's. His plan is to hijack a transatlantic transport ferry/yacht being used to smuggle drug money and to divert the dollars into his very own bank in the former Soviet Union. It all seems flawless until he meets another Grand Duke passenger who's looking to score: Kate Fury, a gorgeous FBI agent who's been tracking cocaine from Colombia to Miami to the European playgrounds of the rich and expecting the biggest collar of her career. What happens when they cross paths is the stuff of a funny, violent and oddly romantic caper. The plot twists fast enough to satisfy even die-hard Elmore Leonard fans and turns on double-dealing, false identities and misunderstood motives, without letting the humour get in the way of the action. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Situated in 1997, when the fax was all-important, the internet and mobile phones newish and pubic hair considered sexy, it has a promising cast of villains and law enforcers. The central figure is Dave Delano (DD), freshly released after serving 5 years for a crime committed by a Miami mobster. Incarcerated, DD pumped iron from day one, learned Russian for four years from his cell-mate, became well-read and planner of his own future. He quickly collects the reward for his sacrifice, leaving the Miami mafia pondering whether DD remains a clear and present danger or a possible asset in the field of logistics...
What happens next is for readers to enjoy. Enjoyed DDs focus on carrying off a long-planned massive scam involving shipments of cocaine and cash across the Atlantic. Philip Kerr surrounded him with a cast of semi-competent mobsters and FBI-agents. His research on shipping and banking in 1997 is impeccable. His characters’ politically-incorrect thoughts, jokes and stereotyping are spot-on too, but they go on and on, slowly assuming a purpose of their own, slowing down the action in a tale that never becomes really thrilling. Halfway, after silent prayers to stop the joking and to get on with the story, I shelved it. Well-written, but poorly executed re dosage of forward action and background, jokes and other roughage.
May pick it up again and adjust my stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product was as described and arrived within the specified delivery periodPublished 15 months ago by Mr. J. Mann
Simply awful. Utterly predictable. A real loss of form for Philip Kerr.
I'd read and thoroughly enjoyed A Philosophical Investigation and Gridiron before this, so I was... Read more
I have recently become a Philip Kerr fan, but I didn't like this one at all. The story seems so plodding - like wading through mud. Not the usual page turner. Read morePublished 22 months ago by islington bear