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A Five Year Plan Paperback – 1 Aug 1998

3.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099257181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099257189
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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After reading all the "Bernie Gunther" books by Philip Kerr, I decided to get some more of his books, looking forward to another good read. "The five year plan" is not one of his best works in my opinion, it seems full of clichés. I have read it till the end but it proved somewhat disappointing for me, the ending was not a surprise at all and the whole story was not a very good one.
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Just about worth a read-not Kerr's usual superb type-the book went on a bit in different directions-at times I didn't know what was going on-but as it's phil Kerr I persisted-an unusual surprising end.
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By A Customer on 19 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Five year plan has Hollywood written all the way through it like a stick of Blackpool Rock (I guess that should be Hollywood rock). It has all the ingredients that action seeking cinema goers thrive on: guns, mindless killings, sex, chases, violent weather and a twist at the end. It even has a good plot. The first half of the book sets a complex scenario with various 'goodies' and 'baddies' all booked on the same trans-atlantic yatch ferry (I'd never heard of one of those either!). You know that sparks are going to fly and Kerr delivers the expected. One dissapointment with the book is Kerr's surrendering to the USA. He even spells colour without the u! I guess that's where the money is. It's the second Kerr book I've read and I would buy another.
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Was initially surprised how poorly this book work is rated. Found the first 100 pages quite enjoyable, reminiscent of Mario Puzo and Elmore Leonard. I also wondered: serious crime story or a spoof?
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.
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I came back to this recently and enjoyed it enormously again. It has an almost infectious sense of enjoyment which shifts into an altogether higher gear for the concluding chapters. It also tells it's story with verve and panache and a real eye for characters and clever plotting. Interestingly it serves as a quasi-sequel/prequel to Kerr's "The Shot" with which it shares a few locations and one fleeting character reference. If you haven't read it, I suggest you do. If you have, read it again.
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