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on 2 April 2013
I have read a lot of Paul Torday's books and for me nothing beats his first one, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. More Than You Can Say touches on the harrowing experience of ex-soldier Richard Gaunt who is home after a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book gets off to a good start with Richard accepting a bet, being knocked down and then meeting the mysterious Mr Khan who makes him an offer he can't refuse - all in the first chapter. I did enjoy the book, which was written in Paul Torday's usual easy reading style, but I felt some of the characters were a bit contrived, especially the hapless Emma. The last paragraph left me feeling a little depressed for Richard Gaunt and his future.
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on 25 August 2012
Paul Torday is a skilled novelist who writes well and freely. The success of "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" was no fluke, and he has taken now to writing adventure stories that owe occasional debts to John Buchan and even to the great Wilkie Collins. This novel is a good and gripping tale that centres on a would-be suicide bomber. Very occasionally it lapses into literary cliche and there are times when belief is stretched too far, but it is never easy to put down.
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on 16 February 2012
I was quite disappointed with this one. I've enjoyed all of Paul Torday's previous novels, but this one is written in the style of an action adventure with a very unconvincing story about an ex-soldier being drawn into a marriage of convenience with someone who appears to be an Afganistan refugee, but who turns out to be a terrorist. The story, the characters and the writing just didn't seem to gel as well as in the previous novels.
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on 26 September 2012
Easy reading can be really entertaining. This book offers the reader well developed and insighful characters, surprising twists and turns, a very good plot and a convincing ending. Could not put it down. Wolfed it down in two nights. Read already four novels from the same author and never disappointed.
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on 15 May 2013
Deft plotting and efficient characterisation. Will please readers, probably mostly blokes, who like vigorous and thoughtful derring-do spy fiction. Same ball park as Charles Cumming. Afghan connections and 'hero' with PTSD give it strong contemporary grip. Well researched, both in its social and operational aspects.
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on 22 December 2013
Was so sad that Paul Torday has passed away. am only half way through this book, but am loving it . I will be reading more books by this writer as soon as I can. I recommend it to every one
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2015
Torday is an excellent writer - highly recommend.fjs
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on 3 January 2013
Read this after Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and loved it. This author is special, I look forward to reading more of his work.
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on 1 April 2016
another good read
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