- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 633 KB
- Print Length: 239 pages
- Publisher: Ravensgold Books; First edition (18 Jun. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008CS1FGA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #889,485 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Testing of Archie Rathbone Kindle Edition
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I was thinking this book reminded me of the humour of Tom Holt with his Portable Door series of books.
Since it introduces a bit of magic, you really didn't know where this story was going, but it kept me interested to find out.
In summary, I rather liked it and would certainly recommend it.
It's a great story, bit bonkers at times, but it comes together really well, there's action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, humour - yes lots of humour - I especially loved the bit at the solicitors - romance, intrigue, and a plot that, at times, I did sit back and wonder what on earth was going to happen next. I found it hard to put down too cos, well, I really needed to know how it was going to play out.
The characters were great, written well and nicely fleshed out. I always gauge the characterisation by how much emotion they evoke from me. Did I care about them, did I hate them, did I cheer when they got their comeuppance? A hearty yes for the main players in this story.
Basically in a nutshell, I had a great time reading this book - a good few hours away from the trials and tribulations of life. I'll certainly keep my eye open for more from Mr Hunter.
My fourteen year old daughter is now reading this book and we are all eagerly awaiting the publication of Alex Hunter's next novel!
Meanwhile, Emma Trout, ex-girlfriend to the recently disappeared Mr. Rathbone, is searching for clues to help her and explain the incredibly unexplainable circumstances in which her former partner has somehow managed to vanish from the face of the Earth.....and who ARE Messrs. Bolt, Upright and Clench?
In his debut novel, Alex Hunter has produced an intriguing and very surprising fantasy page turner, with a writing style similar to that of Susan Hill, and a subtle and dry sense of humour throughout that makes for very entertaining reading.
As a 16-year-old, I found `The Testing of Archie Rathbone' to be incredibly page-turning, with a very comfortable and flowing plot, and a beautifully intelligent style of writing that makes each page turned feel complete and perfected.
In summary, this is one enjoyable ebook.
Well allow me to eat those words, because I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and once I started reading, I just couldn't stop. It's hard to pin down exactly what genre it would fit into, it's not comedy (though it does have some amusing twists), and somehow it doesn't quite fit the fantasy genre. It does however have an unusual, eccentric plot that keeps you entertained from beginning to end, is well written and full of interesting characters (like the tailors Bolt, Upright & Clench). If I tell you that the main character Archie Rathbone starts the book, trapped on a desert island that is contained within a can of tuna, you'll understand what I mean when I say "eccentric". Sounds daft, but this really is a very readable book, and I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's work in future.
Alex Hunter has an intriguing imagination and he has the ability to get it on the page with feeling and humour. If you've ever wakened up wondering where you were, try this book and you might find an answer... and maybe have a tuna sandwich while you're reading.
Archie wakes up on a desert island, and sets about trying to understand how and why he is there. Meanwhile back home Emma is trying to find him, her only clue a tin of tuna.
Full of humor and with a really good story.
I enjoyed this book a lot.
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