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Good sequel to 'One Way'

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-2019

An exciting story with many surprises. Nice to have a sequel which is slightly better than the first book (One Way) but without the background of the first book 'No Way' might take a while to settle into.

Unnecessarily gruesome.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-02-2019

This is a well-crafted crime thriller with lots of twists and turns as the story unfolds. My enjoyment was spoiled by the gruesome details of cannibalism which seemed far more than necessary for the story.

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Too much detail

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-2018

I did not finish this book as my patience ran out. There is far too much detail to wade through to extract the account of an interesting life and many fascinating anecdotes. An abridged version would be a lot better. The author, who reads the book, comes across as self-important and a little pretentious. The reading becomes tedious after a while.

Disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

This book starts well but the plot becomes increasingly implausible. I understand the link to the plot of Ruddy Gore but the family identities as revealed are too far from sensible. The sub plot of Phryne's developing relationship with Lin Chung is interesting but not enough to carry the rest.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-2018

The plot is not original and seems based on 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' and Marvel heroes. A disappointing read after enjoying the Black Fleet series by the same author

Disappointing.

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-2018

A disappointing sequel to the ‘The Fighting Season’ by the same author. ‘The Fighting Season’ was a vivid account of war in Afganistan with well drawn characters and a fast-moving but plausible plot. ‘Off Reservation’ is like a copy of the American Mitch Rapp novels with an adventure comic plot and little besides lots of violent action.

Delightful mystery romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-2017

Where does Stranger on the Shore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper third

What other book might you compare Stranger on the Shore to, and why?

Other Josh canyon books

What about Jeremy York’s performance did you like?

Clear diction and good separation of persons in the story

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The storyline is improbable and the book is light entertainment that is too distant from reality to produce an emotional reaction.

Spoiled by tedious repetitive detail

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-06-2016

What disappointed you about The Boys of Everest?

The book describes a series of mountain climbs by the leading British climbers of the late 20th century. Each climb is described in meticulous detail and I had read quite enough of putting in pitons and belaying and jumaring by the time I was a third through the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Reduce the length by editing out a lot of the repeating technical detail.