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Blood of the Albatross (Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)) Hardcover – Large Print, August, 2001

3.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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From Publishers Weekly

This second thriller by the author of Never Look Back has lots of potential but never manages to catch fire. The book opens crisply with the murder of a CIA agent in Germany who has passed information about a mole in the FBI to a courier, a woman agent who must evade capture. The plot turns sluggish when it shifts to Seattle where a middle-level FBI man becomes a pawn in a ruse to gain sensitive military secrets. Innocently caught in the intrigue is Jay Becker, a rock musician and sailor, who is hired to teach a young German woman how to handle a boat. Becker falls for the woman, an electronics expert, who, he learns, is being used by the spy ring to assess the material being received. The book is best when the author crosscuts back to Europe and the CIA courier's escape with the information, but the bulk of the action is padded, slowing the narrative pace.
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In Seattle, the ordinary life of Jay Becker (part-time sailor, bicyclist, and musician) is shattered by violence and international intrigue as he becomes involved with a mysterious German woman to whom he is giving sailing lessons. When Roy Kepella (an alcoholic Seattle-based CIA agent) participates in an internal sting operation by stealing top secret data, Becker is only one of the many players drawn into the vortex of Kepella's staged downward spiralleaving Kepella to wonder who is friend, who is foe. Meanwhile, the CIA "mule" with information vital to the Seattle operation is trying to evade enemy agents in Europe in an attempt to reach the U.S. Pearson skillfully spins this thriller with sense-of-place, breakneck pace, and economically drawn, believable characters. V. Louise Saylor, Eastern Washington Univ. Lib., Cheney
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Product Details

  • Series: Center Point Premier Fiction (Large Print)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585471275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585471270
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,749,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay Becker, sailing instructor and part-time musician, takes on the beautiful, but aloof Marlene as a new student. Soon Jay finds himself engulfed in an FBI sting operation with discredited agent Roy Kapella, and shady German spy Iben Holst. Will Jay survive as Iben Holst sends his trusted Chinese henchman, John Chu, after Jay to silence him permanently? Will Roy Kapella be able to trap Holst and his shadowy boss, the notorius Wilhelm? It all hangs in the balance until almost the last page.
Did I like this book? Well...not as much as other of Mr. Pearson's books. The plot seemed unecessarily convoluted to me and at times seemed to wander. Another reviewer wrote that this was Ridley Pearson's second book, and I can believe it. It doesn't show much of the style of his later works, especially the well-written Lou Boldt novels. It's possible my problem with the book is more the genre than the book itself since this book is more a spy type novel rather than a mystery. I've never really been partial to spy novels. My recommendation? Give it a try. Mr. Pearson is still a good writer, better than many out there.
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I've read other books by Ridley Pearson that I enjoyed. This book ,however was sophomoric writing.Poor research and a disconnected story line. I struggled to control my annoyance enough to complete the book.
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It is one of his earlier books, and you must appreciate the late 1980's setting. I enjoyed some of his (Nelson)Demille-esque spy-chasing, and giggled at the name of the band. It conjures up images of a big haired and sweat-banded singer. Seriously, though, It is a good tale with several different story lines running throughout which finally meet. The international scope is welcome after his more recent domestic series. The bottom line is that it is a good read, Still Pearson, and is a testament to the talent he has.
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I am a big fan of Ridley Pearson and Blood of the Albatross did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and their romance. Was pleased that he chose to give the book a reasonably happy ending. The plot had enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The "bad" guy was well portrayed so that when he gets his comeuppance you are cheering. The other side characters were also well drawn. If you like Pearson or this genre do not hesitate to read this one.
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By A Customer on September 21, 1997
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I have just finished the only book by Ridley Pearson I had not read. Just by saying that you know I am one of his many fans. Blood of the Albatross is his second book, but in many ways one of his best. In most of his books the plot is centered about 1 or 2 characters and how they interact to carry on the plot line. Although the plot of this book is not super complex, the characterisations make the book great. The story is told from at least 4 character's view points with each character developed over a period of time in the book. As with all Ridley Pearson books, you can visualize everything that is happening, the plot line is keeps you guessing and after a while you just have to keep reading it until it's done. To other Ridley Pearson fans I say ... don't miss this
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Blood of the Albatross by Ridley Pearson was a fairly good read involving agents. The character build up was pretty good but I found it hard to keep track of the characters. Much of the conversations between characters did not sound very believable. I purchased the used novel from Amazon.com and got a good deal for my money. While the cover and pages of this novel were in good condition, the binding was completely loose, so I will need to repair it so it doesn't completely fall apart. It arrived in my mailbox in a timely manner and I would give the seller another chance. For some reason I had to reread many passages many times because I just couldn't seem to stay in the story.
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I dont't rate this on the level of the Davenport series, but it is entertaining. The plot is fairly predictable and the main characters could use some additional development. The story moves along and kept me engaged.
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Ridley Pearson just keeps getting better. I have read all of his books and have never been disappointed. His mysteries keep you enthralled right to the last page.
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