- File Size: 1874 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QKUW8U4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Thomas Ryan has been a soldier in a theatre of war, traded in Eastern Europe, trampled the jungles of Asia, and struggled through the trials of love and loss: ideal life experiences for a would-be author. Schooled by professionals who have helped him hone his literary style, Ryan is quickly establishing himself as a skilled writer of riveting thrillers and short stories. He considers himself foremost a storyteller, a creator who has plunged his psyche into the world of imagination and fantasy. Taking readers on a thrilling journey is what motivates Ryan as a writer.
'The Field of Blackbirds by Thomas Ryan is a gripping, fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you continue to flip through the pages of the novel, unable to stop your need to know what is going to happen next. Set mostly within the volatile borders of Kosovo, the action and danger is described in such a way that is great for this kind of story. The content is believable and written in a knowledgeable way. With the help of a beautiful woman named Morgan...... redcityreview.com/our-reviews/the-field-of-blackbirds-by-thomas-ryan/ --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The protagonist, Jeff Bradley, is a likable character, as are many of the friends he makes along the way. The bad guys are just that: pretty much all bad. There is a clear line in this world between good and evil. Unfortunately the Kosovo I knew was rarely that black and white.
Occasionally the plot swerves from believable to implausible, but for the most part it is highly readable. I found the second half of the book very hard to put down; there were a few very late nights spent clicking the page button on my Kindle.
Overall, a great read, and one I can recommend to adult readers. I look forward to Jeff Bradley's next adventure.
Jeff’s business associate Arben has travelled to Kosovo to see into a dispute over his family’s vineyard. Jeff gets a message from his panicked friend, and then suspects the worst when Arben disappears.
In a swirl of corrupt officials and honest friends who are almost impossible to tell apart, Jeff looks for Arben in the corrupt post-war city. Double crosses and shadowy events turn Jeff’s search into a dangerous plunge into the Kosovo bitter weather to find the truth.
The Field of Blackbirds is a well-written journey into the desperation of people struggling to regain, or retain, their humanity in the soup of crooked local politics. Mixed in was a ghost intelligence agency on a relentless pursuit of an international terrorist. The taut plot had twists to the end. Thomas Ryan’s well-drawn characters mad me cheer their successes and also doubt their motives. The story’s sense of place was so well defined that at times I felt the numbness of Jeff’s gloveless hands, and I wrinkled my nose at the sour odor of fear.
Readers who love thrillers that make them stay up all night would enjoy The Field of Blackbirds. Be sure to wear gloves while reading this book to keep Kosovo’s frigid winter from nipping your fingers as you turn the pages.
Ryan Thomas portrays the characters in this story to perfection, it is a well balanced and definitely a page turning book that concludes with a brilliant finish.
I would recommend this thrilling story to readers.
Top international reviews
Edge of the seat conspiracy, most of it plausable, and with a little bit of an imagination romantic as well.
Jeff Bradley, a rich man going through a terrible divorce from a wife who wants him to sell his precious vineyard left to him by his grandmother.
He sends his best friend and manager of his vineyard to Kosova to look at his own vineyard and try to look at a way to export wine to New Zealand.Whilst in this war torn country he disappears leaving Jeff no option but to try and find him. The country is steeped in toil and the majority of the Government caught up in trafficking and back handed payments. Unbeknown to Jeff the person he hires to look for Arlen is indeed the man who put him into Jail. Nearlyeveryone is involved in some seedy shady conspiracy. It is no wonder the country is suffering so much. Jeff has to pit his wits agains this government, but at hand is a beautiful woman to help him.
The story switches between Bradley in New Zealand and his friend who is in trouble in Kosovo. The scene, once set, unfolds entirely in a Kosovo under UN oversight but local control, the latter riven with crime, corruption, and bribery.
Bradley forms an unlikely alliance with an Australian, some UN police, a Kosovon, a US covert agent, and love interest in the form of a US Aid worker. One way of looking at this is that Bradley and his friends blunder about leading charmed lives as we learn a little about Kosovon politics. The other is as a reasonable thriller as Bradley tries to uncover the truth about his friend and to seek justice and revenge for his friend.
Other than Bradley being ex-SAS and an officer, we learn nothing more of this and he displays none of the SAS skills we might expect. Other characters, of which there are many, are all fairly one dimensional. The American black ops specialist disappoints, the love interest seems unreal, although the ex-pat bar seems real enough together with the ineffectiveness of the UN operation.
A readable novel but not one that would encourage me to read others.
I would recommend this title to folks who enjoy something a bit out of the ordinary in a thriller.
As a not infrequent visitor to New Zealand and the area north of Auckland I particularly appreciated the paragraphs referring to the SOLJANS WINERY as being a very accurate description. Neatly wrapped into the overAll story.
Even though the universal get out clause was applied regarding characters and places being fictional, you certainly recognise some of the places and people referred to.
Oh and a great story as well. Ticks all the boxes. A good read.