- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Raider Publishing International (20 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616671475
- ISBN-13: 978-1616671471
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,965,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Olympiad Paperback – 20 Sep 2010
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About the Author
John Goodwin is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Leicester. As a sociologist, his principal research interests include the broad areas of the sociology of work, (especially education to work transitions and gender and work), social science research methods (life histories, work narratives, auto/biography, the re-use of qualitative and archival data) and the history of sociology. He has expertise in using biographical methods and has used narrative interviews and epistolary analysis in his research on Norbert Elias, Ilya Neustadt and his restudy of Elias's Adjustment of Young Workers to Adult Roles project. He is currently an editorial board member of the "Journal of Youth Studies, Education and Training", and the "European Journal of Industrial Training". --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The plot revolves around Gavinder, a young disaffected British born Moslem. He becomes involved in a plot to plant an explosive device into part of the concrete structure of London's new Olympic Stadium. He believes it will destroy the stadium and cause the cancellation of the 2012 Olympic Games before it begins. However, Gavinder is only a pawn in the grander designs of his superiors and his naivety allows them to use him. He soon becomes embroiled with a vicious and brutal munitions expert, and that is only the start of his problems.
The fast moving narrative takes him across Europe, North Africa and back to London where he becomes involved in murder, rape, and has to keep his wits about him in order to keep himself alive in a race against time, adversaries and the ticking clock of the `Countdown to London' Olympic banner. Amazingly, along the way he manages to find love and friendship, but also disillusionment.
The author has made Gavinder very plausible as the gullible young protagonist and you find yourself understanding how his ingenuousness has led him to the path he believes he is following.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fab story line! Had me hooked from the minute I picked it up! Couldn't put it down and made me great company whilst on holiday :)Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by L. Goodwin