- File Size: 403 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Publication Date: October 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005VS6FNW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,752,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
No Man's Land Kindle Edition
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Like other characters who have taken center stage in this author's novels, the primary character is interesting, to say the least. At times, he shows signs of being a heroic character, at other times he inspires the reader to feel pity for him, sometimes he seems the innocent who has been caught up in a scenario beyond his control. But, also like other novels by Fraser, nothing is quite what it seems to be.
I don't like to try to do a synopsis of novels for a review. What I like to do is say whether I liked a book or didn't like it, and why a book inspired me to feel either way. This is another one that I definitely liked, but it's also one that I felt led me down the garden path, so to speak, a journey so full of twists and turns that by the end I was no longer sure I was even on the path, much less in the garden.
I love the fact that I couldn't figure out the 'who-done-it' in this book. I don't think most other people will be able to figure that out either. I hate so-called mystery novels where the mystery is obvious before one has hardly begun to read the book, and this certainly isn't one of those. By the time I got to the end, I was scratching my head and feeling as though I'd just gotten off a roller coaster that I didn't even realize I'd bought a ticket to ride.
It seems almost redundant to say that I think the book was well written - everything I've read by this author has been well written and impeccably edited. Ian Fraser's books aren't typical of the cheap Kindle novels that are self-published because no editor would publish them. They are polished stories that are a pleasure to read, and always make me feel regret when they end, because I'd like to keep on reading.
The only warning I'd give about this tale is that it isn't for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. It pulls no punches. It should, perhaps, carry an 'adults only' label because of some of the subject matter, and because of the emotional impact of some of the story itself.
I loved Fraser's The Depths of Deception, which was the first of his novels I read. I think this book, No Man's Land, is just as good although it's a very different kind of story, set in a very different world.
I wondered about the meaning of the title of this book right up until I finished reading it. At that point, it makes perfect sense, as everything - and everyone - falls into place. I don't usually read mysteries or thrillers, but this one was a joy to read from start to finish.