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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Lawrence Block
- Audible.com Release Date: October 3, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0761YCDF3
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The Scoreless Thai: An Evan Tanner Novel Audiobook – Unabridged
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In this 4th outing, Tanner finds himself traveling to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam in search of a girlfriend who may or may not have stolen priceless jewels from the King of Siam. His cover story for his super-spy boss is that he wants to start an opium trade in Africa to undercut Chinese profits. His boss's cover story to the CIA is that Tanner is exploring whether communist guerrillas in Thailand pose a threat to US interests. Somehow all these cover stories become real and factor into the plot. Plus, there is a subplot of a young man whose sole intention in life is to find a woman who will sleep with him. Could any other author weave those together into a book that is both funny and thoughtful at the same time?
All these Tanner novels have been noteworthy for two reasons. Despite being comedies (often slapstick) they are based on deep insight into 1960's geo-politics and historical cultural divides. Second, the comedy is always counterbalanced by scenes of real violence and atrocity that make the stakes seem real. This is the most violent book yet, particularly an episode where one man douses himself with kerosene and lights himself on fire in order to help Tanner, whom he erroneously believes will reestablish French colonialism in Indochina.
This novel is also noteworthy in that it finds humor and tragedy in the Vietnam conflict without becoming vehemently anti-American like so much literature on this topic.
By the middle of chapter two, the reader is reacquainted with the young girl saved from a life of boredom back in Lithuania and is familiar with Tanner’s latest girlfriend. By the end of chapter two, however, the s*** has begun to hit the fan and the reader is beginning to see the dots which may be joined to form a line which leads us all back to the start of book one. If you know what I mean.
This book is a delight. It has the trademark wit, complex plot and action of the other books in the series. Emotionally, one finds one’s heart gladdened by the return of little Manny, and it is good to read she is still as in love with her Evan as she was in book three. Obviously we want to know what happens to Miss T’pani Ngawa, as well, and how Tanner ends up where the story began. Obviously you need to read the book yourself to find out. But do yourself a favour and buy not just this one, but the entire eight volume set. You’ll thank me, and of course, thank Mr Block, afterwards, too.
Five stars for this excellent addition to the saga.