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Aphrodite Inheritance Paperback – 1 Feb 1979

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  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Star; Reprint edition (Feb. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0352302747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0352302748
  • Package Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1st Star 1979 TV tie-in edition paperback vg condition. In stock shipped from our UK warehouse

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"To all those who believe it possible". This is the dedication to the book. If you are one of those who believe it possible, this book will be an absolute delight; if you are not, you will enjoy the clever plot and share the frustration of the principal character, as he tries to understand what is going on.

As with any story written by Michael J.Bird, it is superbly done.

And this is a good place to remark that the BBC should re-run the television works of Michael J.Bird.

There was a television version of "The Aphrodite Inheritance" in the seventies or eighties,which I remember was brilliant. IT should be re-released.
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A nice novel with a surprising ending. I loved the TV series that came out in 1979 based on the book so much so that I went out and got the book from the library to read it!

When David Collier's engineer brother Barry is killed in a strange accident in Greece, David a timid young man finds himself involved in an unwanted adventure of a life time.

Suddenly he is being chased, bullied, kissed and shot at by all sorts of people, from killers, to bandits, to the police, to a ruthless millionaire art lover and a beautiful woman with a very mysterious past.

What makes matters worse is that David has no idea what any of them want with him but every time he tries to leave the island something forces him to stay on a bit longer, not to mention the case full of money that keeps appearing and disappearing, and a beautiful gold necklace that supposedly came from a cave that is the grave yard of the ancient Greek Gods...

This is a well written book with lots of twists and turns, a good plot, well defined characters and a mysterious air that makes it a compulsive and enjoyable read.
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I read this book just after the TV series went out during the 1970s - and have read it several times since. Unfortunately, my paperback copy fell apart quite a while ago and long after the book had gone out of print.

Even though I knew the plot, I have not read the story for many years and I still enjoyed it very much. The story is well written with the mood for each scene and each charachter being well set. The first time that you read it, you haven't got a clue what is going on - but it is compelling reading. A true page-turner with a twist at the end - but there are subtle clues within the text.

I could never understand why the TV series only ever had one showing - but am glad to say that I have been lucky enough to have seen it! I guess that parts of it would be dated by now - but am not sure that would be a great problem.
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I bought my hardback copy of The Aphrodite Inheritance back in 1979 when it was first published having seen the brilliant television 1978 production of the companion story 'Who Pays the Ferryman'.

Both of these stories, (Michael J Bird created a novel from the TV series of Who Pays the Ferryman, and The Aphrodite Inheritance was made into a TV serial the year after), have always been particular favourites of mine and so it was inevitable that I would purchase the Kindle editions as they are both regular holiday reading.

Perhaps the style is now slightly dated but the story is still first class and the quality of the writing is often not found in more recent offerings. Oddly my granddaughter (18) who regards anything pre-dating i-pads as 'historical' read both stories recently whilst we were on holiday and enjoyed both tremendously . For me the 1970s are only a nostalgic step away, and both novels bring back happy memories of time spent sailing around Cyprus and the Greek Islands during that decade.

If you remember the seventies and eighties this is essential reading... it you do not ... just immerse yourself in a little bit of history.
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This is another excellent offering from Michael Bird, who continues to explore how the mythic past influences more modern lives. Fast moving, as you would expect from this master story teller, with unexpected twists and a surprising ending. Anyone who enjoyed 'Who Pays The Ferryman' will love 'The Aphrodite Inheritance'!
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An excellent novel that you can just sit down and enjoy. unfortunately in the Kindle version, the spelling was very poor in places and at least one sentence was missing, admittedly a small one!

Quality control does requires reviewing.
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The Aphrodite Inheritance is a blast from the past, in the days when all english visitors were polite, and all greeks were mysterious. I loved the series, which is not on dvd, more's the pity, and hope this will rekindle old memories.
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By Trea TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2012
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Loved the BBC TV series and the book does not disappoint. Fast-moving and for those who never saw the TV series, the ending is a stunner! Having spent time on the island of Cyprus, it is very easy to picture all the locations used.
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