- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1388 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Publisher: Promethean; 2 edition (25 Nov. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GWIKAOK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 313 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,157 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Then we press on with the story. Forward and back, police, German spies, British Intelligence, then and now, up and down. Lots of badly written dialogue and mostly unnecessary characters. I found it confusing, and I wasn't gripped enough to care. When we got to the dénouement I rather felt that the author was past caring too, and just wrote down the solution.
What lets this book down - a lot - is the lack of personalities in the characters. They all seem to say the same things in the same way, without any indication of their own personal qualities. The author really needs to work on this to be more successful. I'm glad I read it though if only to confirm that spy novels are not really my thing!
A heavy rainstorm uncovers a body, buried beneath a concrete slab at a disused coal works in northern Britain. Alongside the buried body is a ring and an ID tag, indicating the deceased was a Luffwaffe pilot. Chapters alternate between the present day investigation and events surrounding a POW camp at the end of WW11.
The book is generally well written without typos. But, the transitions between scenes and introductions of new characters were unclear and sometimes muddled. Several times I had to flick back pages to establish what was going on. Also, dialogue was used a little to often to "dump information" and didn't always flow naturally. These two criticisms aside, I really enjoyed the story and characters and it is a worthwhile read.
I'd say, if the blurb interests you, this is well worth a download.
Unfortunately it was tedious. I have tried hard to find a word that is less harsh to describe the book but I can't. The telling of parallel stories - 1945 and the 1986 should have added to the interest - instead it filled the book with characters and monotonous dialogue superfluous to the story. Some of the dialogue was senseless as if it had been badly translated from another language. A typical sentence - " he never returned to Amsterdam, even after he was dead" .
I'm not giving up on this author- I like to support local talent so I have downloaded his other book in the hope that he has employed an editor .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The synopsis made me think the book would be worth reading; not so, I'm afraid.
The characters were not only lacking in personality but hard to remember - at one point I... Read more
After a promising start the flask backs got too much and for me spoiled the flow of the story. All very convoluted.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not a big fan of mystery books but this one was ok. I doubt I would have paid any money for it (free on kindle when I was browsing for books) as I've never heard of the author,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by gadget loving mum and wife
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