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Blood Eagle | [Craig Russell]

Blood Eagle

The first woman had her lungs ripped out. When the same gruesome ritualistic method was used again, it was clear that the same killer was responsible. But there is no precise evidence to link the two cases, except for a tantalising email. Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel (half-Scottish, half-German) is a man of conscience and imagination. In his desperate attempt to solve the case before more victims are discovered, he gradually uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue.
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The first woman had her lungs ripped out. When the same gruesome ritualistic method was used again, it was clear that the same killer was responsible. But there is no precise evidence to link the two cases, except for a tantalising email.

Kriminalhauptkommissar Jan Fabel (half-Scottish, half-German) is a man of conscience and imagination. In his desperate attempt to solve the case before more victims are discovered, he gradually uncovers layer upon layer of intrigue. How can he track a murderer who leaves no trail, whose victims seem purposefully random and whose motive reaches far beyond greed and lust, into the darkest recesses of the human soul?

©2005 Craig Russell; (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Conphused 11/09/2007
    Conphused 11/09/2007 Member Since 2005
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    "Die Uber Polizei!"

    This was my first Craig Russell book and I enjoyed it immensely. Think 'Rebus', but with a German twist. Russell paints vivid portraits of both the Hamburg Polizei, and the city itself. The plot is full of intrigue as Fabel attempts to track down the 'Son of Sven', and although some might suggest that the ending is predictable, this in no way detracts from the building sense of excitement. The only think I found confusing was the German propensity for abbreviations within their security services. What with GSG-9, MEK, and KSK, I didn't know where I was! As always, excellent reading and characterization by Sean Barrett.

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    keiko 07/04/2013
    keiko 07/04/2013 Member Since 2006
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    "this series by craig russell is brilliant"

    hi, i find craig russel favel series narrated by sean barrett absolutely riveting. they are so different to the run of the mill crime stories where the detective has drinking problem and/or argues with seniors.. in these books favel is an experience officer who became a policeman because of an unfortunatl murder of a girlfriend while he was a student of history. he changes his focus from history to police work , specilising in particularly strange and sometime gory (but explain in a pleasant way without colourful language) murders . there is none of the 'f' and 'c' language that some authors think is necessary . the only time flavel utters an explitive is when any normal person would. i wish they were more of these books with sean barrett narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom 16/06/2011
    Sarah Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom 16/06/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "Too much blood!"

    Hmm, characters interesting, but story terrible! I have never heard/read such a grisley set of crimes in a detective book. The plot is utterly mad, thankfully. The author seems to have done some reasearch, but he's got carried away. Far from excting, I found the crimes to be so nasty as to be hard to listen to. I am a huge fan of the Larson books, so I can cope with some nasty, but this book seemed too souless for me, as if the 'good' detectives were just a cover for the author to revel in gore.... call me cynical. There wasn't much detection as such, just a LOT of death. I read the second one of these books too, for some silly reason, and it was even more over the top nasty. Not for me. Three stars because the reading is good, and the detectives are interesting, I would have liked far more about them, and less death!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Gloucester, Glos, United Kingdom 23/08/2010
    Michael Gloucester, Glos, United Kingdom 23/08/2010 Member Since 2007
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    "Superb"

    I can highly recommend all Craig Russell's books featured on here but especially his Fabel novels and Sean Barrett's narration just adds to the experience. Absolutely superb.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom 11/01/2010
    John Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom 11/01/2010 Member Since 2008
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    "Blood Eagle (unabrdged)"

    Excellent characters, well written and did not want to end my car journeys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 25/06/2010
    Kenneth Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 25/06/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Hooked"

    My first but definately not my last Craig Russel. Had me gripped from beginning to end. Every character in the story comes to life.

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    David Uttoxeter, United Kingdom 04/05/2008
    David Uttoxeter, United Kingdom 04/05/2008
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    "Enjoyable"

    My first Craig Russell - well paced and well worth a read. I found this book very interesting and different.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 08/05/2014
    Lucy Ramsgate, United Kingdom 08/05/2014 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!

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    "Brilliant - totally hooked!"

    My first Craig Russell book chosen as it is read by the great Sean Barrett! I'd finished the Robotham and Nesbo series so needed something new and am I glad I found this! Great story keeps you gripped. Bit disappointed with the ending but already half way through book 2 and thoroughly enjoying that too! A great find and recommended read - Sean Barrett brings the characters to life - I'm hooked!

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    Jeanette England 18/07/2013
    Jeanette England 18/07/2013 Member Since 2012

    Retired and doing what I like now...

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    "Blood eagle"
    Where does Blood Eagle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was for me , a man's book. It was very well written . And I did finish it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I adore Sean Barrett .. Could listen to him reading "yellow pages" excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way!


    Any additional comments?

    I listened and that's the end of it .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Nottingham, United Kingdom 18/04/2011
    Joe Nottingham, United Kingdom 18/04/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Superb"

    Believable characters and a complex plot all building towards a great finale. As good as the Milennium trilogy; so much so that I immediately had to download the follow up.

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