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Reconciliation for the Dead (Claymore Straker) by [Hardisty, Paul E.]
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"A solid, meaty thriller - Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character," -- Lee Child

"A trenchant and engaging thriller that unravels this mysterious land in cool, precise sentences." -- Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald

"Just occasionally, a book comes along to restore your faith in a genre - and Paul Hardisty's The Abrupt Physics of Dying does this in spades." -- Sharon Wheeler, Crime Review

"This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places, as well as frequent scenes of violent action, all come alive on the page..." -- Literary Review

"Hardisty doesn't put a foot wrong in this forceful, evocative thriller... the author's deep knowledge of the settings never slows down the non-stop action, with distant echoes of a more-moral minded Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne." --Maxim Jakubowski

About the Author

Canadian Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a cafe in Sana'a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia's national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia. His debut thriller The Abrupt Physics of Dying was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1021 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: ORENDA BOOKS (22 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MTVTHRN
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,962 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My word. What a book this is. Uncompromisingly brutal at times this is a book which cannot help but make you acknowledge the stark realities of a truly dark part of South African history. I was only a small child when this book was set and thankfully sheltered from the truth of what was happening in other parts of the world. Looking back even now it is hard to comprehend that such things have occurred in my lifetime and yet, sadly, they did.

The book itself, while ostensibly set in Claymore Straker’s present, sees most of the action actually taking place back in 1980, at a time when a young and very idealistic Straker was in the early days of his time with the army. At this stage he still believed in the cause, still believed in the facts that the South African government wanted him to believe, the doctored truth designed to protect their way of life and oppress those who supported the black population. But it is during this time, during a conflict in Angola, that Straker begins to see the truth. Forced into actions he does not wish to take and placed in the centre of a battle between the armed forces and a group of resistance fighters, Straker must choose which side he is really on, knowing that the wrong choice could cost him his life.

Now I will be honest and admit that even though this is the final book in the trilogy, it is actually my first Claymore Straker book. I am not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I know it is good because I am determined now to find the time to go back and read the first two books which are both sat waiting patiently for me on my kindle. What I am not sure of, is if I will be richer or poorer for knowing the reasons behind Straker’s exile from Africa in more detail.
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Reconciliation for the Dead is the latest release from Paul E. Hardisty, the third in the Claymore Straker series. Recently published by Orenda Books, here is a book that will open your eyes to the absolute horror and atrocity that took place in South Africa’s recent history.

Having read neither of the previous books in this series I expected to be in trouble with some of the backstory, but from the outset I just want to let you all know that this is not the case. Reconciliation for the Dead is a prequel which goes back to an earlier part of the life of Claymore Straker and introduces us to the circumstances that made him the man he became.

Described as a novel ‘exploring true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history, Reconciliation for the Dead is a shocking, explosive and gripping thriller’ Now while all this is so very true, I would go so far as saying that this description nearly undersells the novel.

There are scenes on the pages of this book that will rip your heart out. There are very vivid portrayals of torture and violence. There are terrible and heartbreaking stories of families fighting, and not always succeeding, to survive. While the character of Claymore Straker is imagined, the history is real.

South Africa in the 1980’s was a country ripped apart by hatred and greed. There were many evil men in positions of power trading their country’s most precious commodities for financial gain. Both the human cost and the impact of their deeds on nature would have an affect on generations to come.

Paul E Hardisty explores these facts using a fictional protagonist against a backdrop that displays humanity at it’s worst.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first Clay Straker novel, THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING, which was an excellent, substantial read. As I said in my review of that book in 2015, I felt it was "an outstanding debut, full of fascinating characters and insights" that heralded "the arrival of a tremendous new voice who straddles the border between popular thrillers and weighty literature".

But I think this third (final? hope not) book in Paul E Hardisty's Straker series is even better. It's a richly evoked expose of what made Straker who he is, and the brutalities and horrors of a largely forgotten war (globally). The way power and money can play a terrible part in how people get so easily divided into groups, with some seen as 'lesser', as obstacles or acceptable collateral damage in the fight for what's 'right'. The way things can get manipulated and obscured by the powerful, and how easily it can be for many to shed character and humanity in order to protect their own survival.

RECONCILIATION FOR THE DEAD is a gripping, page-turning thriller that is overflowing with substance to go along with Hardisty's atmospheric prose and strong narrative style. It's a heck of a book, which I devoured in a few hours, barely putting it down (despite having lots to do that day).

After being accused of being a terrorist, and barely surviving events in Yemen and Cyprus in the previous books, Straker faces up to his complicated past in the South African military by appearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, convened to look into events in the Apartheid years.
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