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The Mortal Maze by [Ian Richardson]

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The Mortal Maze Kindle Edition

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Length: 313 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 18 - 18 Grade Level: 7 - 12
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Australian-born Ian Richardson has loved writing for as long as he can remember -- perhaps even before that -- and he wrote his first letters and stories as soon as he learned to tap away at his father's typewriter when aged just six years old. He was also born to be curious. His mother recalls that on his first day at school he wandered into the headmaster's office to look around and to ask what he did all day. Ian grew up into a newspaper family in rural Australia, but after the family business was sold, he switched to broadcast journalism -- first in Bendigo and Melbourne, Australia, then in London with BBC radio and television. His senior BBC posts included head of World Service foreign correspondents, a founding editor of BBC World Television, and the founding managing-editor of BBC Arabic Television. This experience left him ideally placed to write his authentic thriller, The Mortal Maze. --This text refers to the paperback edition.


Fast-paced and absorbing, this novel written in the present tense by a former BBC journalist who really knows his stuff, draws the reader in to the terrifying world of terrorism in today's world from the perspective of a BBC news team on the spot in an Arab capital under attack. The sometimes horrific twists and turns kept me involved right to the end. Hard to put down! It would make a great film. - Amazon review by musiga24, UK "A pacy and plausible thriller. It took me a while to get used to the present tense approach but I soon became absorbed in the plot. A real page turner. I could "see" the characters. It would work well as a movie. - David McNeil, Amazon review. "Very enjoyable. A ripping yarn and I was really surprised by the ending. I also gained a deep understanding of what it was like for a reporter working overseas." - J. A. Stephens, London UK. "The Mortal Maze was part of my holiday reading - and a very good part it was! I particularly enjoyed the frictions and conflicts between the resident members of the BBC's news bureau team and the special correspondent followed by the relief manager who were flown in to work at the bureau. I also very much enjoyed the way the relationships between the members of the bureau team itself were portrayed. As well as these, I found Ian Richardson's storylines were most compelling... though some were more than a little sad." - Amazon review by Peter Udell, London. "A labyrinthine tale with a blinder of an ending. Heart stopping stuff. I am glad you didn't tell me how it ended before I began reviewing it." - Jan Woolf, editor, London. "Fabulous - especially after the first chapter, when I found it impossible to put down. I continued reading well into the night, always thinking to ' bookmark at the next page', but no, I read it to the end! A fascinating novel with an unusual and interesting series of plots that could only be authored by someone with a deep journalistic experience of the subject matter." - John Mole, North Ringwood, Melbourne. "The story line had me hooked in the first chapter and then I didn't want to put it down until I had finished the book. A very informative read albeit rather sad on several fronts." - Mrs C. A. Hall, Amazon review UK "The hero -- a dishevelled BBC TV correspondent with a gambling habit -- finds himself getting drawn into the murky territory between journalism and espionage when an old school friend turned terrorist and old college friend turned diplomat both turn up in the fictional Arabian country where he is posted. Moral dilemmas and lots of violent action-- just the thing for holiday reading. - Amazon review by Elizabeth Blunt, London. "Excellent thriller: rattling good yarn. Works on several levels; critique of hypocritical foreign policy, skewering of BBC bureaucracy, portrait of Middle Eastern country, deft characterisation." - Amazon review by Stephen Jessel, Paris. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B014E9KHAU
  • Publisher : Preddon Lee Limited; 1st edition (August 23, 2015)
  • Publication date : August 23, 2015
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1306 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 313 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 16 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2016
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Ben A
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent page turner!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 11, 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2018
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E. Blunt
4.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2015
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent insight into the way news works
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious - if you like that kind of thing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2016
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