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The Good Thief's Guide to Berlin Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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Charlie Howard is not at all like those James-Bond-I-can-do-everything-kind-of-heroes who are brilliant at everything, know everything, never need any help and are never afraid. Charlie makes mistakes, is vulnerable, has a lot of self-doubts and would be totally lost without his best friend and literary agent Victoria; in other words: He's a guy who is only slowly growing into a part he's not really made out for. Which makes him more believable and likeable as a character.
Each book in the series is set in a different city and Charlie's Paris and Berlin adventures are proof enough for me that Chris Ewan has the IMHO rare talent to recreate each city's special atmosphere, because I know both cities myself.
As for the plot, well, always be prepared for an intriguing story, a lot of suspense, many hilarious moments, unexpected plot twists and superb wittiness.
In his Berlin adventure Charlie is asked by a representative of Her Majesty's Government to retrieve an item that had been stolen from the British Embassy in Berlin. He is given the addresses of the four likely suspects' homes. However, Charlie is not told what said item looks like, only that he will know as soon as he sees it. What follows is an eventful and exciting search in a wonderfully described Berlin for an item not only the British have an interest in; a fact which poses a threat to Charlie's and Victoria's safety.
I would like to say more, but that would mean to give away too much. So I just say that like the others in the series, TGTGT Berlin is a fantastic and absolutely unputdownable book.
Although pretty much guaranteeing another in this delightful series, this lack of ending sort of compromises the delight one feels while reading these books, and the disappointment when it is over. This type of disappointment is different--I felt a bit cheated. Where was the anticipated wily but honorable thief's "ta da" moment? And how long do we have to wait for the next book?
Nevertheless, anything Simon Vance reads is enchanting, and the humor and audacity of Charlie make a perfect match with Vance's extraordinary talent for inflection. All of Ewan's books are well worth a listen, even if the ending seems to be missing.
The characters are likeable and get into imaginative scrapes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have enjoyed this series. Not sure if it will continue....the ending left me wondering. I hope it does continue as I have enjoyed all the "Good Thief's Guide to" books.Published 13 months ago by Carol's Biannual Gardener
Written in a fun voice (rounded up, think 3 1/2 stars is better rating), with laughs and a quality plot that has an unique and kind of a moral dilemma ending! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Martin Mulcahey
Wow, he did it again! What a storyteller. It had action, great characters, twists and turns in the plot, and lots of intrigue! Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Body
Charlie and Victoria are still exciting to read about. This time they are in Berlin and finding trouble every way they turn. Good fun!Published on June 9, 2014 by Phyllis Weiter
A light but enjoyable read told with humor and zest. I've enjoyed the series--v though this wasn't the strongest of the works.Published on October 15, 2013 by mlr
I enjoyed this book. It's a mix of mystery and humour set in Berlin. You really get a sense of East meets West post the wall coming down, and with all the twists and turns you... Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by RADIO CHICK