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- Publisher: Heaven Lake Press (July 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01I15IK0M
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The Great Unravelling: A Vincent Calvino Crime trilogy (Vincent Calvino Crime Novels Book 16) Kindle Edition
A deathly discovery rocks an island community, stirring doubts about their new sheriff and turning old friends into new rivals. Learn more
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This collection 3-books-in-1 contains the 3 ebooks; Missing In Rangoon (Vincent Calvino Crime Novel Book 13) (English Edition), The Marriage Tree (Vincent Calvino Crime Novel Book 14) (English Edition) and The Marriage Tree (Vincent Calvino Crime Novel Book 14) (English Edition) at an exceptionally good price.
Following below are my reviews for every one of the eBooks:
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1.) For Missing in Rangoon: Von Miki101.Michaela :0))) am 7. Dezember 2012, (English Kindle Edition)
"Mirrors Clouded with Smoke and Dreams..."
... Simply the best description I ever read about Myanmar, the former British Crown Colony, commonly known as Burma.
The land where Vincent Calvino, our well-known Ex-New-Yorker, Ex-lawyer who re-invented himself into a Bangkok Private Eye, is searching for someone who's gone Missing In Rangoon and will find, among many others ... George Orwell.
In this 13th book of the series more than in each and everyone of his former adventures, Vinnie Calvino has to turn himself into a Cultural Detective.
Because a task given by a father in search of his wayward son and only reluctantly accepted, turnes out to be much more profound and intricated our hero could never have imagined.
Squeezed almost against his will into the role of escort and chaperone of his old Police Colonel friend Pratt going for a Sax gig to Rangoon, he thought it would be easy to find the missing Rob in the Music scene there. Because Rob followed Mya - la Chatte Noire - a woman with a head, a voice and an agenda all of her own...
But Pratt himself is artfully double-dealing, playing not only the Saxophone but trying at the same time to stop the cold-pill smuggling scheme from Burma to Thailand.
So poor Vinnie has to sacrifice his ageing body not only to one hilarious 10K indurance run, but also to an other, much more intimate approach to find some "co-worker" spying for him! A pure James-Bond situation - only that it will backfire and force our failed "secret agent man" into the underbelly of Rangoon...
OK - Vincent Calvino will find who he was looking for, but also much more that he had asked for. The situation gets always more heated until corpses begin to pile up. And our hero isn't able to cope with this strange country and it's people, their beliefs and dreams - and worst nightmares.
So some things will come out right, others wrong, some people will live, others die and in the very end it will be the Old Burma that takes its toll...
This book has overthrown Paying Back Jack: A Vincent Calvino Novel (Vincent Calvino Series) as my favorite Calvino novel. As a reader of Christopher G. Moore's books for more than 20 years now, owning all he ever published, I thought nothing he will write could catch me off-guard like this one. Every new book was well-researched, masterly written, extremely well plotted.
But with this book he shows a totally new side of Vincent Calvino, even to his long-time readers: The vulnerable side, not-having-an-answer-to-every-question side, the fish-out-of-the-water side, making miscalculations even about his best friend, and committing deadly errors.
And the most surprising question of him in the whole book was "Did George Orwell write about Elephants?"
And so I can give only a little advice to Vincent Calvino, Bangkok-based P.I.: Read more books about the countries around Your little self like Cambodia, Burma, Laos and start with an other Chris G. Moore novel about the older Burma Waiting for the Lady, and then follow up with [ASIN:B00A8J0W38 The Orwell Brigade]] - a book which gives deep insights about one of the most important writers of the last century, then follow up with Phnom Penh Noir - which will show, that not only Myanmar with its "Opening-Up" for the rest of the world has its difficulties...
2.) For "The Marriage Tree": Von Miki101.Michaela :0))), 9. Januar 2014 (English Kindle Edition)
Vincent "Vinnie" Calvino's Newest Entertainment is - ...,
... to conjure up spirits.
Spirits of what kind - You may ask?
The answer to this riddle is in the previous book of this series when Vinnie and Colonel Platt were looking for someone who had gone Missing in Rangoon.
Reviewing a book can be very difficult.
But I try to do it my way and so I personally can only recommend to read the above mentioned book - or a good written summary - to understand the enormous burden Vincent Calvino has to carry around every single day of his life, to learn to know WHO were, ARE the Black Cat, Rob, Yadanar, or sweet Kati...
Let's first try to understand HOW Vinnie after all those long years in The Big Mango aka Krung Thep aka Bangkok is in this very moment, really NOW, in company of ghosts who may have or not have a right to be revenged...
He's had some kind of implication in the violent deaths of those ghosts. But it's them who want to be him their avenger? Or is it simply and clear that HE himself, Vinnie, wants to settle open accounts?
Then he finds a body - a lovely, too lovely young girl - simply there. Without any sign of obvious killing, but Vincent is treated by two police officers for hours not in a very kind or friendly way... Because he may be a suspect.
And in the ascertainments he makes by himself and with the help of McPhail he will have an encounter,
An encounter of THAT kind, he can't even explain to himself at the very end...
3.) For "Crackdown": Von Miki101.Michaela :0))) : 8. Mai 2015 for English Edition kindle
High-Tech Vinnie Calvino in "Crackdown" - a crime novel full of ...
... old-time wisdom and modern means to cheat and deceive. And also demostrating how much people of a certain age have urgently to re-adjust their equipments and - before all - their way of perceiving the modern world.
And an absolute must-read for all the lovers of Thailand and Bangkok!
Thailand after the Mai-2015-Coup. This is the 15th book of the Vincent-Calvino-series about a lawyer from New York, but with bounds of culture and family to Bangkok aka Krung Thep. Where some interested reader will be a bit disappointed of the humanity the author Christopher G. Moore - living himself in Thailand - pictures the soldiers who have to interrogate and threaten their prisoners. Often taken in only by anonymous tips thru a hotline, which is ofte abused by personal anger and wish of revenge. Examples?
A university professor giving up his students. A bar-owner fixed up by his "employees". A Cambodian tattoo artist - Munny, one of the great protagonists of the story - fighting for his life against violent bullies in his condo and the world that surrounds him. Old Osborne still alive but dying (his hair :-) - masterly evoluted into a wise-crack with a heart in search of the perfect combination of ovuli and sperm. The new wife of him, Fah aka Sky with the wish of democracy for her people plus student friends of her, writing a term paper together - there often rhymes and reasons may clearly go against the new junta. Even if there are some points worth thinking about, admit even those who are in charge...
A handful of first protagonists : A fake named Ballard, whose real intentions will - for now or ever - be a secret to us. Vinnie and his Thai General friend Pratt, planned to be set up for crimes they never even are able to think of . A McPhail this time really combining much more than his usual sidekick role for Vinnie. Osborne - age difference to his new wife about 55 years - who is a real fountain of wisdom in this book! And Munny the Tattoo Artist - the one who masters the Banksy Style for our small Bangkok revolutionary group. A character so deep. I want to meet him again...
Then we find Yoshi. And Marley - the inventor of a technology that dominates - and domates - even the most highly secret secrets of the seekers of everly right and every wrong in this world - privacy adios! Very ambiguous woman, but loyal to Vinnie, thanks for that!
And there will be a technology that I myself cannot even imagine to be true. But maybe it is yet in use in some place, but me being some kind of Luddite, will never even see it come...
The book becomes even more interesting because of the usual citations above the chapters of for example Graham Greene, Henry Miller, George Orwell et al. All of them are very cautiously chosen by the author to underline the deeper sense of the written, the lines between the lines...
This book should in a wider sense be seen - for now - as the third of a trilogy starting with "Missing in Rangoon", followed by "The Marriage Tree". Who has read those books may have a real interest in reading this one, even if it does not really seem to be conclusive to the items that came up in the first two books. I am open for every surprise the author will present to us...
Christopher G. Moore - together with Colin Cotterill who masterly showed us in his illustrations a Banksy typically Thai-Style - has created
a crime story which unravels at first slowly but then surely in the background.
Because there are greater crimes right before our eyes, which will go on and on - until a proper kind of privacy will only be a sad and long lost memory for all of us. For the better of whom or what? Exactly that I am permaently asking my little self - and I ask You, too...
And I personally will always (im-) patiently wait for the next book written by Christopher G. Moore to come out.
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Those 3 ebooks have been written by Christopher G. Moore who lives in Thailand since almost 40 years now.
He - in MY eyes - surely knows South-East Asia better than anyone else who came from the "Cold Countries". And I have the great honor to work with this enormously sincere and courageous journalist and writer of essays and crime novels for a relatively long time now.
And believe me, folks - he will never lose it - this sense of justice and commitment to help the weaker and poorer.
A major work really worth reading...
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