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- Print Length: 376 pages
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- Publisher: Koko Publishing Limited; 1 edition (25 July 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E6AT9IE
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- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Parish & Richards are sent to Cyprus to discover if a British Army officer being held by the Cypriot police is responsible for murdering a local woman and the disappearance of three other women, or whether he is being made a scapegoat by the anti-British elements of the Cypriot government. Jerry gets involved in a simple restraining order and then disappears. Kowalski oversteps the mark trying to find her, but all is not what it seems. Stick and Koll have two cases to solve: Viktor likes performing surgical procedures on people using his collection of antique medical instruments; and a sniper is shooting drivers on the A406 in Essex. The dirty cops at Shrub End send a killer after Koll, and Stick must race to save her. Xena wakes up and asks her old flame - DI Tom Dougall - to help her protect Stick. Cookie gives the files (including details of the Epsilon experiments) that she stole from Basement 7 to Group 323, who pass them onto WikiUK in Iceland. The security services send a black ops team to Iceland to prevent publication of the top secret files, which they fear could bring down the British Government
In addition, in any book plots and subplots are probably good but this book has one main plot and an ongoing background plot and then three other plots.
And my last criticism leads me to the Jerry Kowalski part. What happened there. It was simply left in the air.
Tim Ellis NOT GOOD ENOUGH
However what you get is three short stories loosely bound together by the fact that the characters all appear in each of the stories. Each turn of the page swaps you from one story to the next and back again. Even a keen follower of Parish and Richards found it very difficult to hold all the plots together. Sorry Tim but you should have worked a bit longer on each story and made a full book out of them OR admitted that it was a collection of short stories.
Is it the characters? The plots? I really don't know but Tim Ellis has certainly progressed with his writing in the last year or two and the books now have a terrific pace to them and as for the number of plots and sub plots - it's hard to keep count - never mind keep abreast of them all! Some of the characters and repeated situations can verge on the irritating but overall the readability factor is very high.
The only thing I disliked about this book was the non conclusion of one of the storylines. Tim Ellis has always wrapped up things by the end even if not always in a tidy manner but this time he has left a teaser in terms of getting people to buy the next book. Has it worked with me? Unfortunately yes.
However, I am concerned about Tim's future welfare. He now has a growing number of main characters and finding the space to cover them all is probably why he has not been able to devote the same amount of time to each investigation. Either the books will have to get much longer, or he will have to have a mass culling of characters, or he will have to give some of the characters their own series?
The main thing is that it is hard to put the books down! They remind me a bit of the 'Fast Show' Tv comedy sketch show in that everything happens so quickly that you even forget about the bad bits.
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