- File Size: 3212 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004PLMHYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Company of Fellows Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I admit that I'm squeamish and have a vivid imagination. Some of the descriptions in this book, I really wish I had never cast my eyes on. I ended up flipping through and skimming to the end, skipping largish chunks, because I found it so disturbing. Most of the characters were beyond unlikeable, but were downright repellent, but that wasn't what I found such a turn off. The worst bit, I cannot repeat here or even hint at what it was, it was so repugnant and nauseating.
I don't read only cozy mysteries -- when in the right mood, for example, I also can enjoy Jonathan Kellerman, whose books often deal with uncomfortable and dark subject matter -- but this book was, for me, off the charts in terms of how disturbing it was. YMMV, as they say.
The book may have many merits which my disgust has erased from my memory. If you would like an accounting of the book's virtues, read some of the 4- and 5-star reviews.
I deleted it from my device and from my account.
The main character, Tommy West, lost his opportunity to become an academic because of his unstable mental health. When he is drawn into investigating the circumstances of the death of his mentor, Professor Shaw, he is forced to open old wounds not just for himself but for others which threatens the precarious balance of his own personality.
The stories of the various characters in this book are revealed slowly as they deal with this crisis in their lives. There's Emily, Tommy's long-lost love who is now a cop; Professor Shaw's daughter Becky, who draws Tommy into his quest; Professor Shaw's enigmatic wife and a number of erstwhile colleagues. As Tommy follows a murky trail the situation becomes darker and more dangerous. Some of what he learns about the people he has known for years is shocking and it's all Tommy can do to keep his head from unravelling.
One of the things that really drew me into this book is the detail. Oxford itself is a character in this story. You can tell the author knows the place, knows its nuances, its airs and graces and its seamier side. Then there's the meticulous description of cooking a grouse, stories about wine (posh wine, as the author has averred) which is bound up into Tommy's personality as he concentrates on the task at hand to keep the hounds of insanity at bay.
The reader is kept guessing through a series of twists and turns throughout the book. The tension builds inexorably so you have to keep reading to find out what happens next.
I really enjoyed the book. I expect I'll read it again.
Tommy West is not like you or me. He's better than us on so many levels - intelligence, deductive reasoning, erudition, taste and incredible physicality. He does have one characteristic that mitigates all those rather unbelievable talents and turns him from some sort of superhuman figure into someone we can sympathise with.
Dan Holloway has created a memorable character in Tommy. Someone who fights his demons, who struggles to stay on the right side of sanity, who almost cracks under pressure. Tommy's inward battles run alongside murder, academic integrity - and the lack of it in some instances, and a complex plot which continues to surprise right to the end.
Other reviewers have mentioned gut-wrenching descriptions in the story. I read those parts, too and they were extremely disturbing. I'm not sure the most depraved and grisly descriptions actually added anything to the story. I found them slightly out of kilter with the rest of the narrative and could have enjoyed the book just as well with something a little less disgusting.
The extreme content in one part and far too many typos and mistakes stop this from being a five-star read for me.
Even so, I'm looking forward to the sequels - and hope for a more comprehensively edited offering next time.
Lying in Wait
I thought it was a magnificent read, very compelling story, good strong dialogue and characters, with many plot twists. I highly enjoyed the book and it has a great twist at the end that you won't see coming. My only complaint, like some other reviewers, is that the book could have been edited tighter. Too many spelling errors and improper word usage, although they weren't significant enough to detract my interest in the book.
There are some terrific descriptive scenes of Oxford, England and Oxford University here and it makes me want to revisit the place.
Holloway is a very good writer who captivates the reader and builds solid suspense in the novel. A great read -- well worth the 99 cent Kindle price. It's a steal for the reader. One of the best thrillers I've read in 2011.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was difficult to read because of the disturbing imagery. I'm NOT squeamish, but this book pushed the boundaries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by j. martin
This is a thought-provoking book with a complex and interesting protagonist. I've read some reviews from people who said the subject matter made them squeamish; I don't really... Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Saskia B.
I found the premise engaging and wanted to like this psychological novel more than I did.
Unfortunately, the descriptions of the Oxford community are more developed than... Read more
The Company of Fellows is a thought-provoking book. Dan Holloway did a very good job of developing a plot which is far different than other crime novels I have read. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by SRMyers
This edgy (a despicable sex act is mentioned) mystery was ruined by the pages of redundant details that had very little bearing on the story. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Bun
Dan Holloway is a very talented writer with an endless stream of incisive and deep insights into the human condition. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Pete Morin
As other reviewers have pointed out this is an intelligent literary thriller. The structure is sound, if a little linear, and it does hold the interest. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Cuba
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