- File Size: 482 KB
- Print Length: 187 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 14, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003T0FXPK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,741 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Water Heart Kindle Edition
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`Coming to Thailand wasn't always for sex tourism or to find a wife, but to end something, a place where you went and never came back.'
Mike's opportunity arises when Jadeeda seeks his help to find her fiancé Brian Palmer. Their investigation is a story of itself: through intrigue, misfortune and some interesting surprises. There are some interesting characters in this novel - including some of those stereotypical expatriates that feature in almost every story of European experience in Asia.
I found Mike Bonner's experiences during the search for Brian Palmer interesting, but what I enjoyed more was the descriptions of Thailand and the restless energy of the people and the Mekong River. The diversity of Thailand, the cultural contrasts and frictions were for me as much a part of the story as Mike Bonner's journey and aspirations.
Overall: 4 1/2 stars
Plot/Storyline: 5 stars
The story was intriguing, and there was a ton of fascinating information about Thailand and what attracted westerners to the country (besides the sex tours!). Professor Mike Bonner had been at Jackley International University for four years. When Jadeeda, a beautiful graduate assistant, asked Bonner to help find her fiancé Brian Palmer, who has mysteriously disappeared, Bonner went into the Bangkok underworld in search of him. When he returned to the campus with some information, he learned that his department head, Dr. Marsha Shapiro, had been found dead. It appeared to be a suicide, but was it a coincidence that Palmer and Shapiro had had a violent argument just before Palmer disappeared? Bonner and his longtime friend and mentor Ralph Warrington were then forced to take a trip up the Mekong River into Laos, where they learned the truth.
The book was a veritable travelogue about Thailand and its people, and there were times that I found myself daydreaming about taking my pension and moving there. Then I remembered how many times the author mentioned the oppressive heat and humidity, and that ended the dreaming!
"Water Heart" is a fine mystery story about some colorful characters who might have been considered misfits in their home countries, but in Thailand they fit in perfectly. It was a very readable story, and the ending tied all the loose ends together in a very satisfying way.
Characters: 4 1/2 stars
The principal character was Mike Bonner, an expat American who landed a teaching job at a small rundown university in the suburbs of Bangkok.Read more ›
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I read the Kindle version, which I am hoping was responsible for the errors in punctuation. It was really distracting. The story itself was just "meh. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Will Shakespeare
Nothing beats a murder mystery set in a richly-described far-away land. Especially Thailand, the Land of Smiles. Oh, the characters in this book! How enjoyable! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ms Beastle
Although I've visited Bangkok on holiday I still thought the author's description brought out some of the real-life conflicts to show the character of the people in their... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by George Thompson
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