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Publisher's Summary

In London, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that he’s been set up and robbed. As he tracks down the thieves, he discovers the boyfriend’s tortured body and learns that powerful men are looking for the girl. What did Holly Knight steal that is so important to them? Meanwhile in Baghdad, the bank robbery capital of the world, billions of dollars in reconstruction funds has gone missing and Pulitzer prize-winning Journalist Luca Terracini is trying to ‘follow the money’. The dangerous trail will lead him to London where he teams up with Vincent Ruiz and together they investigate the disappearance of an international banker and a mysterious ‘black hole’ in the bank’s account.

©2011 Michael Robotham (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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Enjoyment

I enjoyed listening to this book on my walk to work in the mornings, during my lunchtimes and on my way home again. Sometimes even on the weekends lying on the couch. It was an even paced story which held my interest from start to finish.

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  • Tracey
  • Toowong, Australia
  • 17-08-2018

Another Awesome Pairing Genius story

How does Robotham do it? His stories are meticulously told with such caring details that you become entwined with the characters and care about them. Barretts performance was incredible, a bevy of accents, the best Aussie accent ever attempted by a pom. Just loved this story it held me in its grip from beginning to end. And Robotham always brings a satisfying end, not overly sentimental but deeply satisfying. You’re my new Reginald Hill.

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Hmm

I loved the story.I love Sean Barrett's narration and voice BUT that was the worst American accents I have ever heard.
Suggestion : next time get a real American to narrate those characters.

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War stories aren’t my thing

I like Robotham’s series of books, I like Joe the Clin Psych and Ruez the former DI.

War is not my thing.

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Riveting

Really enjoyed this book. Once again Robotham had me on the edge of my seat.

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Excellent as usual.

I love Michael Robotham and this book is so good! I also love the narrator, easy to listen to and look forward to further listening or reading this author. From my home town to.

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  • Lia
  • 02-03-2018

Ootstanding Book

Michael Robotham knows how to keep a reader engrossed. Moving between characters in London and Baghdad, the story is fast paced and action filled. In Baghdad, we are introduced to a reporter and an auditor following the trail of a number of bank robbers. In London we welcome back Vincent Ruiz, the detective from previous stories. Ruiz assists a young girl, only to find himself being the victim of a crime. While in pursuit of the criminal, he uncovers a much larger conspiracy which is eventually linked to the missing Baghdad money. Also in London, a banker is missing under suspicion circumstances. Even while it seemed fairly obvious that the three threads would eventually collide, the means by which it would be done was not obvious and was masterfully done. The characters in each of the threads are likeable and are easy to get to know and while each story is strong enough to stand on its own, they become even more powerful as they start to intersect with one another creating a single mystery from the original engrossing mysteries.

The suspense throughout the book is real and not drawn out unnecessarily which means I was never bored but instead found myself hard pressed to lay this one down. My only complaint, which is easily discounted and in no way detracts from the book, is the minimal inclusion of the Professor, a character that I genuinely like and appreciate from previous books. Also, the last "twist" at the end I figured out pretty soon in the story so it was no real surprise. It may have been wiser to play more on the actual consequences of the final play as opposed to simply mentioned the possibility of repercussions. I for one would have liked to find out what the final consequences were and was expecting some sort of closure. Even so, the story was a great, easy, fast read which I highly recommend to mystery lovers.

Sean Barrett was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Van
  • 28-10-2013

Another excellent Michael Robotham thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wreckage to be better than the print version?

I have to drive long distances every day, for me, there is no more written word.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I love the way Michael keeps changing his main characters between books but keeps the environment familiar. In this way we get to know the characters but the story stays gripping and fresh.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Sean's narration as much as the books. He is excellent!

Who was the most memorable character of The Wreckage and why?

It would be the "Courier". He is a dark and mysterious psychopath using war as a backdrop to satisfy his murderous needs.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, well done Michael.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 10-01-2012

Robotham and Barrett are now on my Watch List.

This one almost got away. Good story well read.
The description of the novel had me thinking it was a bit of a risk. Not so at all.
It took little time to engage and hold my interest. I felt the frustration of the daughter at her Dad's odd behaviour, and 'tut tutted' at risky choices and wondered how an old pro could be caught like that, and was in short engaged with the different personalities as the story unfolded. Sean Barrett was the perfect narrator.

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  • Mike A
  • 17-10-2011

Topical and Gripping!

I tend to devour audiobooks at the rate of two a month and rarely feel the need to recommend one to other listeners. However, The Wreckage is by far one of the best books I have heard in a long time. A combination of tension and suspense throughout kept me hooked over several days. I have read most of Michael Robotham's books and like his characters; Ruiz and Joe have their flaws but always have right on their side. The theme was extremely topical and the plot excellent. Books of this calibre need a good reader and Sean Barrett is one of the best around. His narration and natural ability to subtly change his accents are a pleasure for the ear. Several books have been ruined for me by readers with strong regional accents which grate and irritate. Thank you Mr Barrett for a consummate narration!

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  • Robyn
  • 27-03-2015

Good

I've enjoyed the previous books in this series, despite usually feeling completely drained after listening. The previous books have focussed on Joe O'loughlin, but in this story, it's all centred around Ruiz.

It ticks along nicely. Good few twists and turns along the way. Worth a listen for a bit of a who-dunnit-and-ex-cop-saves-the-day kind of feel.

Not quite as harrowing as the previous listens, but worth a credit.
Narration consistent and good.

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  • Richard
  • 13-04-2012

Didn't want the book to end. First class.

This is the 3rd of Michael Robotham's books featuring Vincent Ruiz I have listened to and it is very good. So much so that I didn't really want it to end.

At the beginning there are three stories taking place, two in London and one in Iraq. Each one is engaging in its own right and the only question is how will they all come together. As each unfolds there are small connections made until they all converge and bring the book to its dramatic ending.

I really like the way that Michael Robotham can jump between describing the detail of everyday London life and then doing the same for post war Baghdad so effortlessly. He is also comfortable enough in his own ability and faith in his readers not to have to spell everything out which makes the pace of the book more natural.

Then there is the reading of Sean Barrett who is arguably the best narrator around at present. The subtlety of his reading and change of characters makes you think that you are listening to a full dramatisation.

So a well written book with a great storyline that is superbly read gets 5 stars from me.

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  • Tanya
  • 21-06-2011

Another great story

I really enjoyed this book. The 2 sets of characters were portrayed well and the ending came together well

Again another blinding performance by Sean Barrett

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-12-2012

Viva Ruiz

Good book. Vincent Ruiz is pleasant company. The author does very good baddies. Well narrated

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  • Mr
  • 23-12-2012

Certainly not wreckage

Excellent story and spot on narration from Sean Barrett. I really got into the characters and felt their emotions as the plot progressed. Super listen.

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  • Natasha
  • 17-08-2011

brilliant

could not stop listening - just a really good story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • gillian
  • 01-06-2013

Fantastic!

Well crafted, well read. Robotham is an excellent writer and this is a particularly good read.

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  • Joanne
  • 23-01-2013

Wonderful

Once again Michael Robotham writes a great book. He is one of the writers I wait for.The narrator brings it to life. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • xxxx
  • 23-12-2012

Good, enjoyable story

Really enjoyed this book, you get to understand the characters well and they are believable in a British flawed kind of way. Not too deep that you need to work out all that is happening, but deep enough so you have a good story.



The book moves at a good pace leaving you with always wanting to listen to more.



Sean Barrett does an excellent job in putting over the story.



All in all a good enjoyable book

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