Rude Awakening Paperback – 25 Nov 2010
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Top customer reviews
What we have is a man from the present day who finds himself in the Bronze Age, with all his memories intact, he's not a genius but he's amongst people who know less than him about lots of things. It's his knowledge against their cunning. The very fact that he's like the rest of us, and not a genius or a hero, seems to be the whole point of the story. It's a very good set up.
Ian Okell's best book is Rendezvous In Paris, but this is a very close second, and a really good read.
Such an unusual plot concept, and not my usual kinda thang, but it did grip me from page 1, and I just had to keep reading to find out where it would go.
The fact that it was hilarious in places definitely helped fill some of those aforementioned 'holes'.
At first I thought this was just about someone's life after death experience, but as you read on that element becomes less and less important. I'm not sure the author, who is apparently some sort of businessman, will appreciate the comment but this book strikes me as being more about human relationships, and dare I say it; even spirituality? Can you have spirituality with laughs, because there's quite a lot of them? But it's definitely not New Age, it's a very hands on sort of book, and what it does is to make you look again at your own moral standards. If that prospect disturbs you then maybe this is not for you?
Superficially, there is the basic story of Michael's relocation to a new and different world and all the danger that brings, but by the time you reach the end you realise that what has really been happening is that he has been finding out about himself, about life and about women.
It would be difficult to overstate the originality of the plot, I've never encountered anything quite like it before. I very much enjoyed it and would like to read more about these characters, will there be a sequel?
Some of his views on life are a bit breathtaking, but that's offset by the fact that the women in the plot (most of the strong characters are women) regularly run rings round him - without him realising what's happening.
It was a very satisfying read and held me gripped from beginning to end. I'm rather surprised not to have heard of this author before.
Oh well, it didn't stop me jumping in headlong as I liked the reviews that rated the pace and action. Sometimes it was a bit too fast... he did a lot in under two years!
But what I absolutely adored was when the words PEMBROKESHIRE leapt off the page at me, Milford Haven, Angle, Thorn Island, Pembroke, Dale, Little Haven, Tenby, and so many more. That is my husband's birthplace and is relatively undeveloped in many areas being part of the Pembrokeshire National Park. I stayed up late following his first runs to Rosslare, then the battles and intrigues that took them to even more familiar places. All the while wondering if he'd get away from with new loyal friends to a place undisclosed at first.
I loved the strong women, Tersanda, Nadia and Marika. And the men: courageous Suran, enigmatic Helazar, trusty Partic and Maddorn, are just a few of the outstanding ones among many of these hard-living people. There are plenty of baddies, too and some weak and just plain wicked leaders!
The places with interesting ancient names, which if you looked at them closely, contained their modern Welsh/Anglo equivalents, although I roared at the people's name "Pembari".
But having sailed a bit when younger and lived in the US, I got very excited when he decided that Africa was not close enough. The enemies left behind could copy the ship-building and come after them if they stayed on this side of the Atlantic, so they were off to "discover" America at the same site of an original colony two millennia later. It all gets a bit crazy, but I stuck with it and felt entertained to the end.
Although his persona was rather 'Captain Cook'--- he could throw a good tantrum amidst creating charts and navigatng, I am just glad Michael didn't go over-board (more than needed) and christen the new world as...erm... Amarika ! ;)
Good fun, great escapism. A few four letter words here and there, but actually little graphic violence or sex. Just plenty of action and a good ripping yarn to stretch your imagination and make you smile.
Please...write a sequel!
Most recent customer reviews