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Product details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: FeedaRead.com (8 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782992502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782992509
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,841,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having read and enjoyed the Parish and Richards books, I was encouraged to try Jacob's Ladder. It did not disappoint. Darker than the P&R series, it moved at a satisfying pace, but still encouraged the reader to empathise with the heroes, however flawed. The Kindle version contained some grammatical mistakes and typos, but if the reader can be big enough to forgive them, it does not spoil the ride. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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I didn't think Tim Ellis could top the Parish & Richards books but he managed to do so here. The author gives a clear insight into the personalities of the main characters while leaving you aware that there is more beneath the surface. I am amazed that some readers allowed a few typographical errors to spoil their enjoyment of a great story but we're all different I suppose. I will certainly be reading more by Tim Ellis. I only hope he plans to continue with this series as the epilogue leaves you wanting more.
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I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the follow up, however some of the passages was repeated which was confusing, the proof reading needs to be addressed but it didn't put me off the story line which was excellent. I have read a lot of this author's books and have never been disappointed, a good easy read, even though the subject of the book is a little graphic but that doesn't deter me from buying another of Tim Ellis books.
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Another good story by Tim Ellis and will look forward to reading the second in this series.The two main characters, police officers who were once partners,both have their own histories but none the less work well together again trying to catch the serial killer named The Butcher.Well worth a read.
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A few other people have mentioned the editorial slips and sloppy writing - but I would also like to add that there is an appalling rape scene in the book, where the main female character is portrayed as thinking that 'She had never enjoyed sex as much' and various other orgasmic cliches, as she is raped repeatedly by four different men. I was shocked - surely even the most misogonyst man in the world realises that rape is not an enjoyable situation....in fact, it's absolutely horrible and a terrible crime of hate and power, not of desire. This is a totally unacceptable characterisation of a woman and I am horrified that any educatd man would actually proffer this as a storyline.

The book is poorly researched, the characters one dimensional, the language Victorian in places (asylums??? When was the last time that you heard a psychiatric hospital referred to as an asylum????) and the editing lazy. The story line maybe could have lifted the book above mediocre if not for such fatal flaws, but as you are asked to suspend belief early on in the book when one of the main characters gets discharged from an 'asylum' overnight, with no medical follow up, it's unlikely!

My recommendation is to avoid like the plague - it's a book that should never have been written.
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I found Mr Ellis a few days ago. The Parish & Richards books took a couple of days to demolish, and I was disappointed that Stone & Randall are as yet alone with Jacob's ladder. There are some recurring themes in the books, but he writes with intelligence and humour and knowledge, so I learn and laugh and am intrigued. Some of the dialogue is superb at conveying a subtext which has meaning quite outside the words. The characters are complex, and just about everybody has a dark side, which seems right. The crime is dirty and greedy and repulsive. The environment is grubby and uncompromising. Some things might have been more restrained, but am looking forward to the next in this series.
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I started reading this on Saturday pm. Finished it Sunday pm. I thought it had a good storyline, moved fast enough and made a great few hours entertainment. I like the way the story is told by the different characters. Cole Randall is serving time for the murder of three families and his wife and children. Another family is butchered and he is released. Randall's ex-partner - Detective Inspector Molly Stone - has been given the case, but she only has seven days to solve the riddle of the symbols found on the female children and to find out how an international financier can be in two places at the same time. She knows Randall is now a civilian and wants revenge, but she desperately needs his help, and she agrees to this strange partnership.

As they hunt a psychopathic killer, Randall looks for redemption, finds love; and Molly searches for love, but finds terror.
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Great storyline and I liked the main players too.......However, I noticed a few spelling and grammatical mistakes as well as repeat passages from other books but a minor detail and quite forgiveable. It didn't put me off!

The writer also made Avril Smart out to be an ugly ogre but no mention of this description of her when she appeared in Solomons Key. I also take issue with the rape scene - it probably was'nt necessary at all. We could have used our imaginations or it could have had less dialogue. I don't need to have a street by street journey every time one of the characters is out and about either - its just words filling a page and unless you are very familiar with Greater London, it means nothing.

All in all, had this book cost me several pounds I would have been very annoyed and felt cheated but, for the money, all the Tim Ellis books give fantastic value for money and are well worth a read.
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