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    A good read

    Having read previous books by Peter May, this wasn’t what I was expecting at all. This is a novel Mr May wrote in the 1980’s which he has revised and is due for republication. The action of this book takes place in the late 1970’s in Thailand and Cambodia, which was then known as Kampuchea under the control of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot. I did struggle with reading this one, although I am not sure why, as it is well written, but it may just not be my type of story. However, I am sure there will be many readers who will love this plot and story. John (Jack) Elliott is ex British Army, but had been court marshalled and imprisoned for an incident that happened in Aden. On release he turned to be a ‘soldier of fortune’, a gun for hire. He has built a barrier around himself a wall to protect him from hurt. His wife had divorced him after Aden, and told their daughter that he was dead. Lisa (the daughter) was a young, naive, impressionable girl. Although this changed in the story as she travelled to Thailand in the search of her father, she soon learned how people will use and abuse you. Returning to London she is a different girl than she was when she went to Thailand. Jack Elliott is hired for a lot of money by Ang Young to rescue his family, Serey his wife, Ny his daughter, and Hau his son, from Cambodia. Jack knows this is a dangerous mission for him and his team. Ang Young had managed to escape four years earlier. The story is told through several voices, but with two plots running through. Jack going in to Cambodia to attempt to rescue Ang Young’s family. The second where Lisa loses her mother, to then find out her father is not dead, as she had been led to believe by her mother. Lisa is determined to go and find her father. The two stories are intertwined and keep you on edge, wondering how it is all going to end. I personally didn’t like how the book ended, but again that is me and my opinion. The book has some fairly descriptive scenes of what would have been happening in the region at the time. Some may find difficult to read. The book is well researched despite Mr May explaining that he was unable to go into Cambodia to do actual research. From reading this you would not get that impression, it is quite atmospheric at times, not just geographically but also from the political situation and the human suffering. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Riverrunpublishers for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
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    Drawn out

    Too drawn out for me with endless problems to be faced, I ran out of interest
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    A Good Read

    An enjoyable if violent book, the horrors of the treatment of the Cambodian people were hard to read. This writer seems to have understood the east very well and his writing is so matter of fact when describing the lives of the unfortunate bar girls and their life. Much more than just a thriller.
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    The Noble Path

    This is an ebook of relentless pace, terrifying and pitilessinits exposure of the suffering of the Vietnames
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    Noble path

    Another excellent read from Peter, real turns and twists keep you guessing to the last page...
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