Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Big Mango Paperback – Import, November 1, 2009
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"Fans of such thriller writers as Leonard Elmore and Carl Hiaasen will find lots to like here: wise-cracking crooks, tough broads, nefarious government agents, an ordinary Joe out of his depth, plot twists, and scenery with character." - The Asian Review of Books --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing legal and spy thrillers when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.
Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for nearly twenty-five years. He is a lawyer by education and has held a number of significant positions in both the pubic and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has absolutely no intention of telling you anything about. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Bangkok and New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The story revolves around a lawyer and Vietnam veteran named Eddie Dare. He's approached by various parties who want him to track down a huge sum of money taken from the Republic of Vietnam just before its complete collapse in 1975. Joined by the wisecracking Winnebago Jones, he heads to Bangkok, Thailand to pick up the trail of the missing money. What follows is a whirlwind tour of Bangkok, gunplay, deaths, and much intrigue.
Needham isn't long-winded like Robert Jordan or Stephen King; he says what he needs to in his text and doesn't use purple pose. He also writes with an intimate knowledge of Bangkok; he deconstructs notions of it being this exotic destination. My only real complaint about this book is a lack of a proper denouement, but that is probably a whole other book. All in all, you owe it to yourself to read Needham's the Big Mango today!
The story starts slow in the USA but as soon as they reach Thailand my imagination of the country went wild. Needham knows how to set the scene and made me relive my first trip to Bangkok with all its smells, chaos, and the pressing heat.
There are quite a few holes in the novel. Eddie's family relationship goes nowhere. His San Francisco backstory isn't very meaningful. Certain sub-plot elements seem to go along a certain path and fizzle. Messy. But, each one of these areas appear ripe for use in future stories. I hope to see Eddie in future adventures as he and his small band of loyalists attempt to spend the money wisely.
There were a few editing errors, but nothing overly disturbing.
I've rated this novel with 5 stars because of it's story and it's potential for future development. I'll probably read the remainder of Jake's novels available on Kindle before I trade off to other authors. The three novels I've read so far are all quite good, with The Big Mango as my favorite to date.
I read Jake Needham's first Jack Shepherd novel, Laundry Man, and was blown away by the fast-paced action mixed with exotic Southeast Asia locale and insider's knowledge of the world of international financial crime. Needham's work is both thought-provoking and entertaining, but before I continued on with the Jack Shepherd series, I wanted to go back and read Needham's first novel, The Big Mango.
It's a great debut, and readers of Needham's fiction will see many of the themes of his later novels explored in this book. The Big Mango is not quite as great as Needham's later works, but it's still damn fine entertainment, and I think if you're a fan of of his work you have to read this.
Now that I've read The Big Mango, I won't be able to resist picking up Needham's later works.
You don't have to be an Asia buff to enjoy this or other books by Needham. The guy is good.
Most recent customer reviews
A convincing thriller set in Thailand with a wonderful storyline & tremendously convincing characters. I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
Exotic locations, beautiful women, a dead marine captain, mysteriously threatening letters, secret service, CIA, DEA, and a...Read more
I loved this book. It has more than enough action to make you turn the pages, the setting is...Read more