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Publisher's Summary

Meet Ed Kennedy - cab driving prodigy, pathetic card player, and useless at sex. He lives in the suburbs; he shares coffee with his dog, the Doorman; and he's in nervous love with Audrey. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence - until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That's when the first Ace turns up.That's when Ed becomes The Messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town, helping and hurting (where necessary) until only one question remains: Who's behind Ed's mission?

©2002 Markus Zusak (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Comedic, romantic, thrilling, confronting, playful, deceptive." ( Australian Book Review)

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Slow Start. Curious Middle. Great Ending.

Bold and vivid storytelling with a distinctly Australian voice, as the local deadbeat is forced by a series of challenging Ace playing cards, from a mysterious source, to carry out various tasks. These tasks open his world and force him to change and realise the amazing potential within him - and make him want to reach for it.

The reader was excellent with his dry Australian voice, giving perfect emphasis and character to the story that heightened the tension of the drama.

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beautiful

I got this book as a hard copy for my birthday a few years ago. and I was so engrossed I read the entire thing in a day. This book is unlike any other I've read and to this day I'm yet to enjoy a book as much as I have this one. each time I read it i find something new to appreciate and I cry every time it's over. if you're on the fence this is a must have for any young adult

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best way to enjoy school books

way better than reading by myself. would highly recommend this to anyone who asks for such

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Brilliantly written

One of the best novels l have listened to. Funny, witty, sad and quirky. Narrator captured the characters so well. So well written. Love, loved it.

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wonderful

Wonderful. Thought provoking. magical but also very real. The narrator's voice and tone are perfect. Another Markus Zusak gem.

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A great story which should ring true in all of us.

All the books by Markus Zusak always leave me with such deal emotion when I read them.

The way the characters, story and events are put together in the messenger make me think back the events of my life and what I did. most important it makes me want to do more...

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great book

I loved this book it was funny, witty and serious all at the same time. The ending is amazing,

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Marvelous Book

A book that sucks you in at any time and the reading is just marvellous!

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Inspired

My third time of reading. I love this book. Everyone should read this inspirational story.

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A masterpiece

What a joy to read such a beautifully sculpted story based on a wonderful idea and including such accurate understanding of the characters involved. Humour, intrigue and passion, all in one, and a fabulous way with words.

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Beautiful writing

Marcus Zusak writes beautiful stories with engaging characters that the reader cares about. In this case the plot in sparse but the book is definitely engaging and worth the read.

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