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Pattaya Beach
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2014
When I was given this book by it's author because he had heard that I lived in Pattaya, it was two years ago, but little did he know that I was writing my own first novel on girls working in the same Thai city. I put the novel at the back of my hard drive and wrote my own, because I was frightened that people would say that I had copied someone.

Anyway, I finished my novel, Behind The Smile and it turned into a trilogy, so I retrieved Elray's Pattaya Beach earlier this week and started it.

I am glad that I left it and I am equally glad that I retrieved it because I loved it!

I have lived in Pattaya and elsewhere in the Land of Smiles for ten years now and you can believe me that most men who write and talk about the girls don't have a good word to say about them.

However, I do and I am happy to say, so does Elray.

He is sympathetic, but still realistic. They are not all good, but then which group of people is?

The characters were varied and believable and there is plenty of action to keep the story rolling along. I found it a very enjoyable read.

I recognised the streets, the areas and types of places, bars and characters both in Pattaya and Nong Khai, which also features - I have been there many times en route to Laos for a visa.

I even live in a remote village like the one in this story, and as it happens, it is located not far from the one in the book as the crow flies.

If you are not a rabid misogynist of Thais and like the Land of Smiles, this is a book for you. Pattaya Beach was certainly my kind of book. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2010
This guy can write. I almost missed my train stop and couldn't wait to finish. I rarely take time to write reviews since I was taught, "if you can't say something nice..." but I had to log in to post a line on Pattaya Beach. Really enjoyed. it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2010
From the moment I started the first page until I read the last page, I felt like I was in Thailand myself hanging out in the bar with all the characters and watching all the other events unfold from a birdseye view. John Elray's writing style has a way of making you feel like you are right in the middle of the action, and having been to Thailand, I felt that way numerous times throughout this captivating book. The twists and turns were very suspenseful and keep we wanting to read more. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves suspense. A smooth and exciting read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
Elray knows things about Thailand most tourists can't even guess about. Behind the beauty and kindness of the average Thai there are people we all know, but most of us see them only at the very edge of our vision. They're in every culture everywhere. Elray know those Thais. He knows the people they victimize and who, in turn, are victimized. He's written a novel about that world. It's crammed with vivid, gripping characters. The plot twists like a Bangkok alley. If you're looking for a thriller set in an exotic locale, here's your book.
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on January 7, 2012
If you never been to Pattaya Beach then you have to read about it. It is a place that is filled with fun, laughs and awesome people. The shopping is great, clubs, hotels and the women are truely the best when it comes to treating you nice. I been to Pattaya more then I can count on my hands while I was in the military and I always missed it whenever we left.
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on September 24, 2012
This was a quirky book. Things happened that I didn't expect. But it made me think and I could really imagine the seedier side of Thailand without feeling I was being taught. There was pace to it, which I like. I'm still not sure about the ending but don't wish to add any spoilers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2012
Pattaya Beach is a sad story. Ed is looking to kill the man who had him imprisoned for two years. Turns out that Ed is not the most reliable of narrators. We see the lives of Ed; Bill, the bar owner in Pattaya Beach; Dave and Ronnie, customers of the bar; and Fah and Nhat, bar girls looking for a falang to take them from the bar life. No one's life is happy. When Ed meets Fah it looks as though both of their lives might turn out for the better.

I like the style that John Elray used. Chapters are short. This gives an air of impulsiveness, grittiness, and hard luck to the story. These characters are all hard luck people. They are impulsive in their thoughts and actions. Nothing is thought out short or long term. All have dreams but none work towards them. Fah wants to own a rubber tree farm but she expects Ed to foot the bill. I could tell how it would all go down. I wondered why Fah and Ed could not see how it would end.

These are not people I would want in my life. Pattaya Beach is an interesting story, however, of how far can people fall in their lives and still continue to go on day after day. Those who survive the hard times never seem to learn from their mistakes. They just go on, maybe hoping their luck will get better. And who knows, maybe they will get lucky and things will go better for them. Can we take away their hopes?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
There are dozens of books on the Thai bar scene now and most of them seem to have been written off the back of a two week holiday and a few days trawling the internet. This is a truly authentic tale written by someone who knows the country and has observed the locals and visitors keenly. Pattaya Beach has a solid plot with some satisfying twists and turns - you end up rooting for the two main characters and hoping that it will turn out right for them in the end. Anyone who has spent any time in Thailand, Pattaya in particular, will relate to the characters and the situations they find themselves in. The neatest part of the book, is that the author captures the ambivalence of the westerner/bar girl relationship. The girl wants to be in love - but its hard to separate that from the fact that the man might her way out of a pretty dire lifestyle. The man is just as confused, he wants true love but maybe he is just seduced by the pretty face and the fact that the girl wants to take care of him in a way a western woman never has. Its a big ego boost to be able to change a woman's whole world without even breaking the limit on your credit card. Its a really easy read and very entertaining - highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2012
I can't for the life of me understand why I liked this book. It's mostly written for and about men, it takes place in a country that I can't stand, and the book format is ponderous. Yet I couldn't put it down. I think the problem I had is that the story is so baldly realistic that it's tough to take. And the ending is also realistic and harsh. Elroy's writing propels you through the story, so it's over almost before it begins.

I gave it four stars instead of five, only because of the lousy format, but the damn book does still haunt me.

A great read, but not for the faint hearted.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2010
This was a GREAT read! Pattaya Beach by John Elray is a fact based novel that captures your attention right from the start and holds your interest throughout the whole book. I didn't want to put it down! It has a captivating story line with excitement, adventure, twists and turns that you don't expect, and loads of suspense. Pattaya Beach also made me feel like I was right there in Thailand taking part in the adventure along with the characters. An excellent book.....so good, I would read it again.

S. Hoy
Toronto, ON
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