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This book has a fierce opening which surprised me. The reader falls into a big story and picks up the details as the story develops. But after that opening it turns out to be quite a page-turner which kept me interested until the end. Written in a very accessible style this book tells about a kidnapping of some monks for obvious and less obvious. What dissapoints me a bit is that the kidnappers use the reasoning 'the Catholic church has loads of money' and that the author just lets this thinking happen. The leading story in the book is an adventure that keeps you wanting to know more about how things will end up. Lots of tension, good build-up. And a spectaculair ending with an 'everything turns out ok' theme.
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It was no time to fear animals when the possibility of the enemy counteroffensive was increasing. It didn't suit a soldier to lose nerve in the presence of a mere crocodile . At the end of World War II, a garrison of the Twenty-eighth Japanese Army is deployed to Ramree Island, off the coast of Burma, to fight the Allies' severe counteroffensive. While on the island, Superior Private Minoru Kasuga questions a local villager about the terrible smell coming from the saltwater creek. To his horror, the old man tells him it is the stench of death from the breath of man-eating crocodiles that inhabit Myinkhon Creek. Fierce fighting drives the battalion to the island's east coast, and they must evacuate to Burma by crossing the creek. Just before... Rest of this review on the detail page
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After killing a man in the ring, Luke Braden quits boxing. While toiling as a security guard and yearning to reinvent himself, Luke is swept up into the high-flying domain of Paul Tremont. Tremont, the hottest hedge fund hand around, has a penchant for the dramatic and a disquieting need to control. Being Tremont's protege has its perks--Luke trades in his ratty basement apartment for a penthouse view, his gym clothes for designer suits. But there are strings attached, and Tremont is pulling those strings. Why does Tremont need a washed-up boxer? The answer lies not in what Luke is, but who he is. Luke Braden is the only man who can execute Tremont's diabolical scheme. Fidel Castro risks one last trip to the U.S., and one man will be forced... Rest of this review on the detail page
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A book that kept me reading. I almost could nut put it down until I finished it. Which means enough suspension and a very good story buildup. A lot of elements come together in this book: suspension, feminism, female power, romance, blackmail, good versus evil, corporate power and personal sensitivities. The story could be a really good episode of a lawyer series. I like those, so maybe that is a reason for me to enjoy the book so much. The subject of feminism and female power is one of the main subjects of the book, without taking over the storyline.
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Reviews (2) and details of Hostile Environment
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A book with a bit of everything: romance, international espionage, work relations and a big twist. The story does have a Hollywood-style somewhat predictable happy ending but only after taking an interesting set of detours, some of which are quite unexpected.
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