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The Night of Knives [Kindle Edition]

Jon Evans
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Veronica Kelly came to Africa to start her life over. Still reeling from her divorce, she is grateful when a handsome stranger invites her to join a tour to visit gorillas in Uganda's wild Impenetrable Forest. A trip that goes desperately wrong when their group is captured by brutal gunmen.

Then one tourist is executed.

And then another.

This is no random kidnapping: their abduction is only the first move in a deadly strategic game. A game in which Veronica's ex-husband is somehow involved.

Now she must embark on a wild journey across Africa, to unveil a malignant conspiracy before it consumes entire nations - and thousands of lives...



Reviews of Night of Knives:

Evans's plots positively teem with well-drawn characters and terse, well-controlled dialogue. There are plenty of twists and turns and the non-stop action is guaranteed to leave readers breathless. — Lancashire Evening Post

Suspense aplenty keeps the pages turning. — Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia)

A gripping and terrifying read. — The York Press

Full of twists and turns, this high-concept, high-adrenalin thriller bests most of what has been produced out of Hollywood in recent years. A must read for action junkies everywhere. — South Coast Register (Australia)

A vivid eye for detail ... a tale that yomps through the bush and across countries. — Huddersfield Examiner

The novel begins at speed, with a group of British, American and Canadian tourists trekking through the Ugandan jungle on a gorilla-spotting tour. By the time the page numbers reach double figures, the guards are dead and the tourists' apparently Congolese captors are marching them towards the Uganda-Congo border, where the plan is to hold them to ransom.

But almost every aspect of the plot is more complicated than it seems ... — Sydney Morning Herald



About the Author

Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, adventure traveler, and software engineer. His novels have won an Arthur Ellis Award and praise from The Economist, The Times, and The Washington Post. His most recent book is the Vertigo Crime graphic novel The Executor. Jon has also written for Wired, Reader's Digest, The Guardian and The Globe & Mail, and he is a regular contributor to TechCrunch. He can be found online at www.rezendi.com.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Evans's plots positively teem with well-drawn characters and terse, well-controlled dialogue. There are plenty of twists and turns and the non-stop action is guaranteed to leave readers breathless." -- Lancashire Evening Post

"Suspense aplenty keeps the pages turning." -- Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia)

"A gripping and terrifying read." -- The York Press

"Full of twists and turns, this high-concept, high-adrenalin thriller bests most of what has been produced out of Hollywood in recent years. A must read for action junkies everywhere." -- South Coast Register (Australia)

"A vivid eye for detail ... a tale that yomps through the bush and across countries." -- Huddersfield Examiner

"The novel begins at speed, with a group of British, American and Canadian tourists trekking through the Ugandan jungle on a gorilla-spotting tour. By the time the page numbers reach double figures, the guards are dead and the tourists' apparently Congolese captors are marching them towards the Uganda-Congo border, where the plan is to hold them to ransom. But almost every aspect of the plot is more complicated than it seems ..." -- Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

"Jon Evans seems to spend most of his time backpacking in places (Zimbabwe, the Balkans, Iraq) that even the most intrepid of us tend to avoid. Evans also finds time to write strong, politically motivated thrillers." - Chicago Tribune

Jon Evans is a novelist, journalist, adventure traveller and software engineer. His novels have won Arthur Ellis and ForeWord Book Of The Year awards, translation into half a dozen languages, and praise from The Economist, The Times, and The Washington Post. His journalism has appeared in Wired, Reader's Digest, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and The Times Of India, and he writes a weekly column for TechCrunch. He lives in Toronto and at rezendi.com.

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  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XIIZX0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #559,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of suspense - I couldn't put it down June 20, 2012
By Mindy
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This was a fantastic book. You really get a feel for the plight of the characters and what daily life is like for many African citizens. In fact, there is enough historical accuracy to almost make you think the book could have been based on a true story. It's graphic, but not in a senseless gore, horror movie kind of way. But I wouldn't recommend it for someone with a delicate conscience for that sort of thing. This book is full of action and suspense, and it really keeps you wanting more. I think it would make a fantastic movie -- in fact, I'd be surprised if someone hadn't already snatched up the movie rights! There are so many twists and turns, surprises and suspense-filled moments.

If I had anything negative to say about this book, it's that twice the author called the character "Jacob" by a different name: once "Erik" and once "Erid". And I wish it could have ended differently for a couple characters (I can't say more than that without giving too much away). But overall, I highly recommend this book!
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, The night of knives. May 2, 2011
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Having read invisible armies by jon evans i have been searching for another of his books. This one does not disappoint. Great pace from start to finish, plot is great and the scenes are set well. WOuld recommend to anyone looking for a good thrilling adventure.
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed November 27, 2012
By sopeach
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This book seemed like a good adventure story and it was a free download. It actually was pretty good to begin with, but becomes too violent for my taste. If you don't mind blood, gore, and lots of profanity you might like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long,but interesting. July 27, 2013
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Took e awhile to get into this book. I really enjoyed it. And I have a feeling a lot of it really happens, which is sad. I`m glad I Did finish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Night of Knives July 24, 2013
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Good book. Keeps you wanting to read more and not stop until you are finished. Adventurous book with a nice plot and good twist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Save some hope.... August 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not going to have you constantly turning the page. It is a slow paced novel that either leaves you puzzled or enticed with morsels of action-like suspense. The writing is realistic. Continue reading if you want to capture the real imagery that lies beneath sub-Saharan Africa.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars over the top July 18, 2012
By CWD
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Entertaining, but somewhat disappointing. The plot was excellent. Lots of action and surprising twists. The lady protagonist should have been superwoman to handle all the adversities she faced at the very limit of her endurance.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible August 3, 2014
By DJE
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Sometimes when I read a book, I can visualize the author sitting there in front of Word, shaking his (or her) head in despair, and muttering, `I can't believe I have to write two hundred more pages of this.'

This is such a book.

Reading this after Evans's exceptional Blood Price was an enormous disappointment. It starts strongly, but pretty soon degenerates into a bunch of cardboard characters wearily colouring in a paint-by-numbers plot.

Speaking of the plot: It's terrible. No, really. If Night of the Knives was a movie, it would be MST3K'd. There were points in the book when the sheer ludicrousness of a new revelation or twist made me laugh out loud. It just doesn't make sense. In a well-written book, like Blood Price, the events are results of the interactions between and personalities of the characters. In this book, unfortunately, the strings that the author uses to guide the characters around the stage are glaringly visible. Most of it is a linear sequence of "the characters go here so that Important Event A can happen, then they go there so that they can see Important Event B happen, then ...". Yawn. The motivation of the main character, Veronica, made no sense at all. The actions of the others were equally suspect. After the compellingly drawn characters in Blood Price, this was a major letdown.

Night of the Knives is a lazily written walk down an overly familiar road to a tiresomely predictable destination. Avoid! But make sure you read Blood Price. It's really good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The story is an unusual one and has an interesting variety of settings but lacks depth.
Published 1 day ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night of Knives
This is a fantastic thriller. The author has an extensive knowledge of the culture and geopolitics of Africa. A lot of the action is brutal and truly horrifying. Read more
Published 29 days ago by johnchris
4.0 out of 5 stars An African Adventure
I've always liked books set in Africa and The Night of Knives didn't disappoint. It was an exciting book, and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because the author put... Read more
Published 3 months ago by William C. Koehne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read...
Published 5 months ago by F. David
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good exciting action and story.
Published 6 months ago by Andy Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars MacGyver would love this
I enjoyed this book but it reads like a MacGyver episode times 10. They're captured, they escape, they're captured again, they escape, and it goes on and on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Toni H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT BOOK!
Published 8 months ago by carole hagen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Good story, enjoyed it very much. A lot of twists and turns. Would recommend for sure
Published 8 months ago by Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story
Published 8 months ago by Robbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Every time they thought they were safe ...
Good story. Every time they thought they were safe they found themselves in the control of the bad guys. Some nice surprises also. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Arnie
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More About the Author

I always wanted to be a writer. I travel a lot - more than 70 countries across six continents, to date. My novel DARK PLACES won Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, and has been translated into Dutch, German, and Japanese; my recent Vertigo Crime graphic novel THE EXECUTOR was nominated for a Spinetingler Award, appeared on several best-of-the-year-lists, and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. My most recent book, and I think my favorite, is my "children's book for grown-ups" BEASTS OF NEW YORK. I'm not so secretly planning to write a sequel or two. I write novels, scripts, magazine journalism, a weekly column for the irreverent tech site TechCrunch, and software. It is fair to say that I am easily bored.

For far, far more about me than you probably ever wanted to know, see my web site rezendi.com.

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