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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2014
Well done! It was descriptive, respectful snd not packed with implausible incidents; i.e.being shot one moment, fighting another and creating ledgerdomain feats the next. I doubt it worked out that well with Nok, the hooker with the golden heart. But a good read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
...sadly very bad edited.
So, dear Mr Lilburne, before the 4th edition will come out: Correct it once more or have it corrected :)
And I'm not talking about long phrases or so, there are also terrible orthographic mistakes to cry out...The worst one is writing permanently "Loas" instead of "Laos"...

It's the very sad story of Danny O'Brien, a Dubliner born and bred, then being accepted together with his - literally - bosom buddy Bob Malone at the age of 20 by the Metropolitan Police of London. Their careers have taken different ways in the last 10 years. After almost 30 years - retirement is near - Bob is practically the Chief of Danny. But sadly our Danny has become a heavy drinker after a tragedy which almost everyone of us wouldn't have survived 'compos mentis' - mentally sane...
Not one of the new generations of policemen know the REAL Danny who once received a Medal by Her Majesty the Queen. And he is targeted by Professional Standards aka Internal Affairs...
So there's only one way out - Danny has to go to the Isle of Puhket to resolve the murder of Sarah Appleby, the niece of Sir Anthony Armstrong, British Ambassador in Thailand.
So Danny goes to Thailand and there meets his fate...
He will be received at the airport by Detective Tanyarat Pahtipatawong, nickname Ying - female or woman in Thai. She will be his closest collaborator on the Sarah-case. And there will be more about those two oh so different individuals - yet so similar...
The hunting season is opened, and there will be twists and turns in the story which make it very worth reading.
The killer will be captured, but only because our man Danny has returned to his own, old ways, especially when it comes to interrogate suspects - and later a cold killer, too.
And Danny will feel the "breath of the Thai Dragon" - something all real lovers and friends of Thailand have experienced - like myself :)

As I wrote above, the mistakes are mostly in the lay-out and the orthographics, but the crime story flows and I have read it all without stopping.
And I have yet bought the follow-up The Kiss of the Dragon and Cocktails & Dreams, too.
And "The Kiss of the Dragon" will enlarge Danny's Thai horizon - and ours too :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2013
Not what I was expecting but it turned out to be something worth losing more than an odd hour over. It is absorbing, well written and for those who know Thailand very insightful.
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on January 12, 2014
From page one the main caracter, sgt. Danny O'Brien starts to grow on you, as the story takes the reader into the steamy scenes of Thailand's paradise. Enjoyed my first acquaintance with this authors work very much indeed.
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on January 1, 2014
I read the book. I had just finished reading another book that used Thailand as a spy background so I think I was not really in the mood for another book along those lines but I read and finished it anyway.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2011
"They drank a little vodka and snorted a few lines of cocaine, later Sarah had decided that they would smoke some Ganja on the balcony and she was going to let him **** her in the Jacuzzi, but for now the dance continued."

That train-wreck of a sentence is a representative sample of the author's writing. It is virtually impossible to get past the awful writing...even in this version that the author claims, in another comment here, is edited.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
A disappointment. Liburne writes like a high school pupil. His characters are wooden and unconvincing, and the plot is banal. A waste of time.
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on November 9, 2014
Enjoyed this murder / mystery, short read interesting and realistic based on the year I spent their. I'm reading all 7 of his books the Thai people are special in my heart.
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on December 25, 2014
Nice detective story with, to some detail, description of differences between western (UK) and eastern (Thai) thinking and view of life.
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on January 23, 2013
Repeat commenst for all of his books really light, easy, no great Literature in these but fills in a boring day
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