- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552147311
- ISBN-13: 978-0552147316
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,158,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Song In The Morning Paperback – 2 Sep 1999
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'Enthralling...Very exciting' (Daily Mail)
'Keeps the suspense going right to the very end...Very exciting' (The Times)
'Exciting and entertaining' (Sunday Express)
'A marvellous thriller. There is not a slack moment in the action. With consummate skill, [Seymour] keeps the reader on his toes right to the last breathless page' (Sunday Telegraph)
A thrilling classic from a master of the genre.See all Product Description
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As a reader you cannot fail to wonder what direction things will go in.
The story concerns one mans quest to aid his father who faces execution in south africa for his part in a crime which he should have had no part in. Seymour follows closely and captures well the emotions of a young mans determination to save his father.
This book really is a must read
It is clearly meticulously researched, and really draws you into the politics of South Africa in the 1980s. The internal conflicts, the abhorent racial discrimination, and the Afrikaaners defiance in the face of global disapproval serve as a platform for an exciting, fast-paced thriller.
You really grow to care about the main characters, and even incidental characters such as the curmudgeonly old demolition expert who lives alone with his cats are memorable.
Jack Curwen, 27, is a junior executive with a demolitions company. He's also Jeez's son. When he learns from his mother that Jeez is soon for South African gallows, a stubborn sense of loyalty propels him to Her Majesty's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. FCO officially tells him there's nothing to be done. However, a sympathetic Whitehall maverick tells Jack that his father is not what he appears to be. And, for the sake of political expediency, the Government and the MI6 mandarins in Century House have decided that Jeez is expendable. Determined to do right by his Old Man, Jack gets some practical advice from a crusty old explosive expert, and flys to Johannesburg. He's going to blast Jeez out of that gaol.
Author Gerald Seymour's fictional worlds are comprised of moral ambiguities; right and wrong come in myriad shades of gray. Therefore, in A SONG IN THE MORNING, it's no surprise that there are "good" and "bad" people on both sides of the line in apartheid South Africa, and all are doing their duty as they see it. But Jack's self-imposed mission is noble - of that the reader has no doubt. Jack's focus enables him to dance around the larger social issues.
Perhaps the most interesting character is Jeez, a steadfast and long-suffering subject in Her Majesty's service, who's come to expect reciprocal loyalty from the London desk jocks who send men into harm's way.Read more ›
Reading this novel now about South Africa during white rule it is incredible to think that just a few years later the country would have Nelson Mandela as its president.
'A song in the morning' tells the story of a young mans quest to spring the father he has never known from a top security prison before he is due to hang.The father'Jeez' Carew a British spook abandoned by his country is an elusive character.The main focus is that of his son Jack an apolitical young man in his 20's still single and living at home in surrey. The story is about how Jack becomes a man of substance and purpose once he has a cause. This is a devise that Seymour has used before,notably in his Balkan conflict novel 'The Heart of Danger.'
The reader does have to suspend belief a few times when reading this book and that is why it is four stars for me and not the usual 5.
Can this one man army with no military experience really beat the odds? At times I did find it almost impluasable,however what really works,as always with Seymour is the powerful characterisation and determination of his protaganist to overcome impossible odds as well as seeing all sides of the argument.
Thankfully this is now a period novel from an appalling time in South Africa's past.
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This story is absorbing and the history aspect makes it even more interesting. The book is well up to Gerald Seymour's usual high standard.Published 3 months ago by joan nolder
As usual with Gerald Seymour books was not disappointed. Excellently written and kept me interested from the first page.Published 19 months ago by sleepyhead
Compelling story that get a little over top towards the end.Published 22 months ago by David Turnock
Another fantastic thriller from the best author by far for this type of book.
Gerald,Seymour puts the reader in the firing line almost. Read more
I thought I had read all of Seymour's thrillers from Harry's Game right up to the latest. Then I found this on a bookstall and realised it was the one I had missed. Read morePublished on 25 July 2014 by G. J. Weeks