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The Emerald Cancer by [Hulme, David ]
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"David Hulme, a first-time author who lives in Kent, has worked for the past 26 years as a beat bobby and attemder to 999 calls. His debut novel The Emerald Cancer, is partially based upon his experiences working for the police.
There has been criticism of the graphic, gratuitous violence and sexual depictions in the novel. Though if fact is stranger than fiction, the violence and sex may have been toned down from actual events.
The story is gripping, suspenseful, horrific and hopeful. There is a semblance of compassion and humanity in every character. Yet if one is trying to find a political ideology in the subtext, it is that violence on both sides is destructive, destablizing and personally tragic for all involved.
This is a well-written first novel by Hulme and has all the elements of a best-seller, as well as a possible film adaptation."- eNovel

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Product Details

  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: David Hulme; 1 edition (December 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LN4D26
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So, I find myself unusually torn when writing this review.

On the one hand, for a debut novel, the writing of The Emerald Cancer is excellent. It's a well paced thriller and is just that - a thriller. All too often I find myself reading a thriller only to find it's more of a detective / crime novel. The writing is unusually skilled and accomplised for a first time novel and shows a lot of promise for excellent future work from Hulme.

The other reviews for this book (on are generally good, with one reviewer (A. Smith) passing comment on the frustrating editing errors in the book (which I concur with) so why have I given The Emerald Cancer three stars?

Well, the book starts of excellently, it's strong, pacey and you get a real sense that this is going to be a cracking read. But, all too quickly it falls into a raunchy storyline (Patrick's noticing his stepfather's reaction to beating his wife and the follow on story). It's unnecessary and the effect it's trying to create could easily be created in other ways, in my opinion.

The way that Hulme introduces us to a particular part of a character's life and then in the following chapters explores the lead up to this incident. This is a really great plot and story telling device. It enables the reader to get underneath the skin of the characters and understand their reactions. But, yet again all too quickly the story delved into unnenessary territory; for example the death of Bridie and the subsequent incestuous relationship between Sinead and her father wasn't, in my option necessary. Again, the relationship could have been created in a different and far less gratuitous manner than it was.

Now, I realise that I may be coming across as something of a prude, but I'm really not.
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I just finished reading 'The Emerald Cancer' and I'm still catching my breathe. This book was a thriller that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. But more importantly- for me at least- was the message that is revealed throughout the journey, becoming crystal clear at the end.

You quickly find yourself inside the heads of terrorists and the people who fight terror. Sometimes the lines become blurred and you wonder if they are all terrorists- in their own way. The main characters are involved in the IRA and UK security services. However, you get a glimpse inside the people involved in the PLO and the Israeli conflicts. I have to say- it's not for the faint of heart.
In order to understand the making of a terrorist, you have to look at the experiences of their lives. In most cases this extreme hatred is born of violence and the subsequent drive for revenge. Mr. Hulme shows you these scenes, sometimes in painful detail. But this tells me that the writer has done his job.

You are introduced to these characters intimately. As you follow their lives it becomes clear what led them along their path. You begin to understand their actions and reactions. You may cringe at some of the ugliness and violence, but you cannot look away. You will be sickened by the depravity, cruelty and the incident of bestiality. But at that point you will be so immersed that you will find yourself wanting revenge and cheering when it happens. And you will know, in the back of your mind, that although this is a work of fiction, much of it is closer to the truth than you might like.

And in the end, you realize that even bitter enemies have a common thread. Sometimes people become so caught up in the hatred and revenge; they fail to see the real enemy.
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By Ali Cox on January 27, 2012
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My goodness this was a surprising read. The twists and turns kept me reading - just one more page! I finished it in three days. The storyline shocks, excites and evokes memories of an era of fear and sadness. Not my usual genre but so well written I felt I should write my very first review. Come on Mr Hulme I am waiting for the next one........................
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David Hulme has succeeded in making it extremely difficult to draw a line between friend and foe as he shows the human side and the motivation behind the actions of each character in THE EMERALD CANCER. Definately not for the weak of heart. The use of some shocking description of events kept me on my toes as I was shown what drove each individual. It also gave me a wonderful overview of Irish/British culture, politics, and an understanding of the political animosity of the conflict between the IRA and The Crown. The story is full of twists and turns and throughout each chapter, Hulme shows some of the darker confines of the human mind. An excellent, fast-paced read. Hulme has taken his fair share of risks, but in my opinion succeeded in the justification of each of those elements. The Emerald Cancer is a book you need absolutely no distractions while reading. It also requires a strong stomach and a very open mind. My respect and admiration for a well constructed story.
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