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Length: 198 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 721 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (October 4, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009M3R9QO
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Byron on June 2, 2011
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I'm not usually one for spy novels or any type of mystery/terrorist story, being more of a romance type of gal. However, on the advice of a friend I bought this book, hoping it would hold my interest. From the first page I was hooked. This book had a storyline that flowed beautifully but was easy to understand. In fact, it was so well written that I read it very slowly, savoring each word, hoping it would take a long time to end. Without giving away any of the plot, it is a story about one man's search for the truth about his own origins, which takes him from England to Canada and Palestine -- and also into his past. The Holocaust is described with painful precision and for those who have lost loved ones, your heart will ache. Mr. Seed is a brilliant writer and A PLACE OF STRANGERS is a book I will long remember. I highly recommend it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sabina on October 9, 2012
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There are lots of pretenders to John le Carre's place as the king of classy thriller writers - Henry Porter, Charles Cumming, and Robert Harris to name but three.
Geoffrey Seed, a former TV journalist, is another contender, however, with this gripping story of a step-son investigating his real parents lives and coming across some very nasty stuff left over from the Holocaust. The story bowls along at great place, and Seed had a very strong grasp of atmosphere and character. There are some moments where the grip of the plot is genuinely icy - but a few as well where it flags slightly and the descriptions become slightly overdone. Even so, this is an excellent read, and will keep most thriller fans happy enough - at least until the next Le Carre is out.
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"A Place of Strangers" is beautifully-written, gripping, dark and many-layered. It's haunting, too, because several days after finishing the book I am still thinking about it and the dilemmas it poses.

It pays to remember the quote at the beginning that "Every moral problem of the slightest interest is a problem about who is going to get hurt". This shapes the book and the twists and turns of the complex plot.

In the hands of many best-seller writers it could have been just another thriller with the appropriate mix of suspense, sadism and sex complete with cardboard characters, but it's much more than that. There are so many subtle shades that nobody who matters is entirely a goody or a baddy: they are just fallibly human and the reader can identify with all of them. But of course the Holocaust hangs over everything as a terrible, unforgivable evil.

As a debut novel it is very impressive and the author's use of language is a delight, combining the taut style of a born journalist with lyrical descriptive touches, where a telling word brings the story vividly alive.

I hope "A Place of Strangers" gets the acclaim it truly deserves and can't wait for Geoffrey Seed's next book. I originally read it in the print version, but I'm sure the ebook version is as good. Although, having tried both, it helps to see a whole physical page at a time since the book is composed of related scenes (because of Seed's background as a TV producer, perhaps) and the reader needs to be able to switch between timescales and settings at a moment's notice.

It is well worth persevering, even if the reading experience is more complicated when one can only see a couple of paragraphs at a time on a Kindle.

The book goes down as one of my all-time favourites, where the reader needs to peel off all the layers of the plot like the skins of a onion... then ponder on it, and its implications, for a long time afterwards.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terreciel on December 6, 2012
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Francis McCall has been raised by a British upper class childless couple after his parents died in WWII. The couple, Bea and Francis, are now quite elderly; Francis has Alzheimer's. McCall was told very little about his birth parents--it seems that it was considered better to not distress a child with an unhappy truth--but now he's 40 and wants to know before his adoptive parents pass on.

They are reluctant to tell him, though. As a journalist, McCall starts digging to discover his own past and in the process discovers secrets of his parents and the horrors of the extermination of Jews in Nazi Germany.

The story line jumps back and forth between the present and the past, often from one paragraph to the next, with no segue whatsoever. The past is told in present tense, the present is in past tense. Excerpts from documents (such as letters)are given without quotation marks, which adds confusion. The main characters all sound alike and dialogue has no indicators such as 'he said'; they are just one after another. All of this makes the book hard to follow.

The pacing is very slow. The ending was anti-climactic, as far as the solution to both mysteries, with a sudden surprise twist that was annoying, in my opinion.

The author is a good writer, but some may find his style tedious. I did.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 26, 2012
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I have to admit I am a Le Carre fan and like to read anything that is similar in flavor. Geoffrey Seed certainly has a place in the line of successors to Le Carre while at the same time being completely unique.

Set in England, this is a story about one man's quest to solve the mystery of his origins. Brought up by his step-parents, who were close friends of his dead parents, he has lived the story of his life through their eyes since being a toddler. But now, as an adult, he starts to see the holes in the story of his life begin to unravel. He cannot leave it be and starts investigating the past. His search leads him to WWII and the secrets his step-parents have kept.

Very well written with excellent editing this is a fast paced story that keeps the pages turning. The author has given us believable characters and a well researched plot that draws the reader into the conundrum with style.

Highly recommended for all spy novel lovers and those who are interested in WWII.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
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