Bit disappointed in this as I really enjoyed Devils Cave. The story was not so gripping and the narrator did not hold me. Am not sure if I will listen..Show More » to anymore but may try if different narrator.
It's probably impossible to write an authentic or convincing story about someone else's country - I've lived in England half my life, but couldn't cla..Show More »im to understand how it works! Still, if you regard Martin Walker's books as science-fiction of a sort, they are intriguing and well plotted, full of twists and turns, good fantasy.
Poor narration - why do some Fench character have French accents and not others, for example? An odd choice. Most narrators would use an English accen..Show More »t for all the French characters, differentiated by class and regional dialects. The late Bill Wallis was much better at this. And the plots of Walker's book become more and more unlikely as time wears on. This is not Scarpetta territory.
Vichy France deported Jews with even more enthusiasm than Nazi expectations, and Walker depicts the attitude to LGBT people as equally obnoxious! Even..Show More » Bruno (Saint Bruno), who is somewhat more tolerant - pityingly - than most others speaks of LGBT+ people as "gays" (bless!) This book is populated by stereotypes of gay men, and only mildly softened demonisations. The acceptance by most characters, even police, of homophobic violence, is the mirror of Vichy collaboration. Plus ça change?
Fast moving thriller without the nastiness of the book before (institutional homophobia). Bruno finds himself at the centre of international intri..Show More »gue, doing his best to protect a vulnerable adolescent he knows well, who's escaped slavery in Afghanistan, from an extremist hit squad, extradition to the USA - where learning disabled teenagers can face the death penalty - press attention, dodgy imams,career politicians and unethical psychiatrists. As usual, he's attracted to an unsuitable woman, an FBI agent with powerful family and a lethal force with a gun. You & I would be likely to give the Feds the body swerve, not our Bruno. He manages to solve a couple of other mysteries in the passing, dobbed on as usual by the mayor, and his occasional bedmate, the "mad Englishwoman" who is now posing as a Scot with a music hall accent, but since, after her mother's death, she's shown no awareness that Scots inheritance law differs from English law, she's clearly a fraud! One thing this series does make clear, is that permissive gun laws are completely wrong!
The narration was perfect and enhanced the sense of place which is the predominant feature of the Bruno books. The plot was carefully constructed and ..Show More »believable. Interspersed by the wonderful descriptions of the food and scenery of the area. I had been a little disappointed with the last Martin Walker novel but this has him back on form with the minutiae seamlessly absorbed. Can see this as a TV series. Loads of money then Martin to write more books please!