- File Size: 487 KB
- Print Length: 186 pages
- Publisher: Tom Immins; 1 edition (September 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0098X62K2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,421,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Czech Mate Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
First, let me say what I liked about Czech Mate: the characters were, in the main, believable, and it was easy to get `inside their skins' so to speak. Some of them talked far too much - overlong dialogue can be as unsettling to a reader as overlong narrative, if not more so. I got a little lost near the end, but Immins did tie up most of the story's loose ends - I think.
Okay, now to the correctable faults. The book was mostly done without indentation, but some paragraphs were strangely indented. Page breaks at the end of chapters would have allowed subsequent chapter headings to be consistently placed rather than occurring sometimes in the middle of a page, with the last paragraph of the preceding chapter above, or at the very bottom of the page. Some of the narrative paragraphs were far too long. A paragraph that exceeds a page is very difficult to read. Likewise, some of the dialogue was up to half a page. No one talks that long unless they're making a speech, and in a novel, there would be breaks with action or narrative to break up such a long monologue - or should be.
The word boys' was written several times in the first chapter and this confused me because it wasn't used in a manner to show what was possessed. I also felt that the ending was a bit contrived.
All in all, this was a good story, competently told except for the comments on lengthy narrative and dialogue. A fix of these problems and the formatting issues and this would merit an additional star or two to the two I give it.
Czech Mate, by author, Tim Immins, starts out with a hook that immediately grabs the reader. It's impossible not to move forward in this incredible book after reading the opening prologue. The story takes place in Gideon; two pubs, a post office and a shop that sells everything the villagers could possibly need. Yet, the idyllic village of Gideon, like many small towns, holds its secrets . . . until the murders.
Amanda, a university administrator, is impressed by Conrad Haly, Director of companies funded by the National Health Service, and becomes obsessed with working for him. She lands the job, which requires her to turn hospital profits into profitable businesses. The novel deals with the Eastern countries' inclination to procure the migration and integration of foreign workers to benefit countries short of employment positions; but by using practices not always aboveboard. Her husband, Richard, wonders why his company has targeted him for this job and is told that his respectability keeps him from suspicion. Richard is appalled. The couple's work schedules necessitate the importance of hiring a nanny for their two young sons.
When Helena NovaKova appears literally on their doorsteps with a letter of introduction from Plural International, Amanda and Richard are surprised, yet Helena's explanations seem logical. Amanda is thrilled with her, but a perplexed Richard cannot recall signing on at an agency while in Prague -- yet here she is and since the boys, Giles and Thomas take to her -- she's here to stay. Richard decides to keep the events in Prague to himself . . . something he may regret.
Author, Tim Immins, writes a fast-paced suspense, full of feuds, graft, greed and revenge. His plotting takes on new twists as each page turns and the ending comes full circle. This is an excellent novel for readers looking for a thriller that grabs and entertains from the beginning to the end, played out much like a game of chess.
Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang