- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595391001
- ISBN-13: 978-0595391004
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Career diplomat William S. Shepard givesthe reader an inside view of an AmericanEmbassy. His experiences in fivediplomatic missions in the Far East andEurope demystify this glamorousprofession. Retiring as Consul General inBordeaux, he and his wife are enjoyinglife on Maryland?s Eastern Shore.
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For the first nonfiction volume, "Sunsets in Sinagpore" - and the second volume as well - it should be said that those looking for unrealistic thriller material should look elsewhere. However, if you want a fascinating look into the real-life interesting corners of the world, including the titular Singapore and "deep France" (la France profonde, which he translates as "the real France"), this will suit you. (It would have been nice to hear a bit more about Singapore itself, actually.)
I would in fact recommend reading the second volume ("Embassy Tales") first, easy to do with the link in the introduction. I enjoyed both volumes thoroughly, but not knowing in advance which short story tales were direct adaptations from the author's life would have enhanced the experience, from my perspective. Experienced readers will be able to detect a bias or two in the tales involving other agencies, but that's certainly part of life in the Foreign Service. One also wonders a bit about the source material for stories that apparently had nothing to do with the first volume - but perhaps some tales must remain unwritten.
I hope I will not have to wait much longer for another Robbie Cutler mystery.
I am hoping that we will be not have to wait much longer for another Robbie Cutler adventure.