- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 778 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494312808
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blame Culture UK (7 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GNK0ETI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,333,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 April 2014
Fed up of reading the same old thing, a friend recommended that I read this book. Admittedly as I didn't know much about the theme I wasn't initially drawn to it. However, I am so pleased I 'gave it go'. As well as learning so much about the thrill in taking part in fencing and the world that revolves around it, a thorough feeling of pure indulgent escapism had me entertained up until the very end of a most engaging storyline.I just need to find something else to read now that has me just as gripped!
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
Mary A. Turzillo
This one is a treat for us fencers -- and there are hundreds of thousands of us!
10 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
A satisfying read -- very audience focussed. I'm a U fencer (although through a series of adventures I have a couple of bronze medals), and I thought the fencing was pretty accurate I noticed the yellow-card, red card bit, but I attributed this to referee's caprice (I've fiddled with my equipment for minutes and minutes and not got carded at all, and I've also gotten yellow cards for covering that I totally did not understand) or a subtlety in the action. Venner's a good writer, with a plain but smooth style. His ending was excellent; he had me fooled. I liked the characters I was supposed to like and shuddered at the villain(s) while finding them despicable. The mask-throwing was iconic, and I've seen it happen! I suspect a non-fencer might have her eyes glaze over at the extended discussions of bouts, doubles, stop-hits, and DEs, but they were right up my alley. And Venner knows how to craft a mystery. I loved this. I think the pool of mystery readers who are also fencers is underestimated. I wonder if Venner can follow up with more stories like this one -- I'd certainly jump at buying them.
Maybe 4 stars for epeeists.
12 October 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
3.5 stars actually. A good quick read that is transparently written. It is of particular interest to fencers as it shows that their experiences on the piste are shared by this author at least.
James H. Adams
This needs a second intention in its writing.
20 July 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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A rather forced "mystery". Even fencers will not enjoy this because of the technical errors in describing the fencing and its rules. (E.g. after one yellow card all further cards are red."
A good fencing-oriented mystery
17 July 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Definitely worth reading if you want a story that combines a believable fencing background with a decent mystery.