Paperback Ó Fault Line eBook á

Paperback  Ó Fault Line eBook á The new race against the clock thriller from the master of the triple cross Not all scars are visible Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who have worked for it, Kellaway included Its past, as well as its future, is a treacherous place So Kellaway is surprised when IK s founder and former chairman, Greville Lashley, sets him a final task before he quits The academic hired by the board to write the company s history has discovered a gap covering several years in the records of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley started with and where Kellaway also began his career He is despatched to Cornwall to learn what has become of the missing documents But the search is a voyage into dangerous waters A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Kellaway s youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late s come back to haunt him and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted those years It is a truth that has claimed several victims before If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list But pursue it he must Because the truth, he belatedly realizes, is the secret that has consumed his life This time this last time he will not stop Until he has found it Robert Goddard has a magical gifthe can paint vivid pictures with the words he writes He also uses his obvious love of history to produce another top notch novel Switching between the early sixties and the present day 2010 he has created a convoluted plot that keeps you reading just onepage and then just onechapter until you find yourself caught up in this excellent mystery with loads of twists and turns If you are a fan of Steve Berry or Brad Meltzer, you will love Rob Robert Goddard has a magical gifthe can paint vivid pictures with the words he writes He also uses his obvious love of history to produce another top notch novel Switching between the early sixties and the present day 2010 he has created a convoluted plot that keeps you reading just onepage and then just onechapter until you find yourself caught up in this excellent mystery with loads of twists and turns If you are a fan of Steve Berry or Brad Meltzer, you will love Robert Goddard A good story well told.I suppose one could say much the same about most of Robert Goddard s books He has writtenthan twenty novels in the same genre, and with very few exceptions each one is as good as the last And the exceptions are generally those where Goddard breaks from the formula, which he seems to have perfected a mystery in the past which affects characters in the present The story is about a family firm, Walter Wren Co., that mines china clay in St Austell, Cornwall It is A good story well told.I suppose one could say much the same about most of Robert Goddard s books He has writtenthan twenty novels in the same genre, and with very few exceptions each one is as good as the last And the exceptions are generally those where Goddard breaks from the formula, which he seems to have perfected a mystery in the past which affects characters in the present The story is about a family firm, Walter Wren Co., that mines china clay in St Austell, Cornwall It is merged with a bigger firm, and after severalmergers has become part of a large international conclomerate The former CEO of the company, Greville Lashley, who is still the majority shareholder, commissions a historian to write the history of the company, but she finds that several crucial files are missing, and Jonathan Kellaway, who had worked at Wren s as a student, before it was absorbed, is asked to help locate the missing files Back in the 1960s, when Jonathan was a student doing a vac job, he had become friendly with two of the children of the Wren family, Oliver and Vivien Foster, and Oliver is convinced that there was a mystery hidden in the company records, a mystery that had led to his father s death Oliver got Jonathan to help him with some of his investigations, but never revealed exactly what he was looking for, and now,than forty years later, Jonathan is asked to find the missing files, which may solve Oliver s mystery, and others that have plagued the Wren family ever since I found the story particularly interesting because I had just finished reading another book of the same genre, The Absolutist by John Boyne which was almost painfully badly written, with glaring anachonisms on every other page As a result, I think I read Fault Line rathercritically than usual, and enjoyed the contrast it was as well written as the other was badly written I was on the lookout for anachronisms,than usual, and spotted only possible one that there was no Metro Station at the Spanish Steps in Rome in 1969 According to Wikipedia, that station only opened in 1980 Perhaps if I were a publisher s fiction editor, I might have spottederrors, but if there were others, I didn t notice them The anachronisms in The Absolutist didn t just stick out like sore thumbs, they stuck out like undressed amputated limb stumps.When Robart Goddard describes the 1960s, it feels authentic OK, he no doubt lived through the period, as did I, so he would have a better feeling for it than John Boyne would have for the period of the First World War, but still Reading some of the scenes in Fault Line brought snatches of songs from the sixties to mind making love in the afternoonwith Cecelia up in my bedroom 1 andWe passed that summer lost in love beneath the lemon treethe music of her laughter hid my father s words from meLemon tree very prettyand the lemon flower is sweetbut the fruit of the poor lemonis impossible to eat 2 Another thing that made the book interesting to me is that I am interested in family history, and this is something of a family saga, a telling of the story of the family by someone outside, who knew nevertheless knew some members of the family well Also, one branch of my own family came from Cornwall, and some of them were china clay labourers in and around St Austell in the 1870s and 1880s, so the descriptions of the china clar mining industry and its place in the town are quite interesting too Notes 1 Cecelia , sung by Simon Garfunkel 2 Lemon tree , sung by Peter, Paul Mary As always, Robert Goddard gives us a beautifully written and intriguing tale Fault Line begins in Cornwall, a favourite setting, amongst the china clay pits Jonathan Kellaway is on the verge of retiring form a huge international China Clay company when he is obliged to search for missing documents that appear stolen from the old records but that prove a vital link to many family secrets of the firm s founders RG is one of those story tellers whose work grips one from start to finish such a As always, Robert Goddard gives us a beautifully written and intriguing tale Fault Line begins in Cornwall, a favourite setting, amongst the china clay pits Jonathan Kellaway is on the verge of retiring form a huge international China Clay company when he is obliged to search for missing documents that appear stolen from the old records but that prove a vital link to many family secrets of the firm s founders RG is one of those story tellers whose work grips one from start to finish such a delight especially on a rainy day in the UK Some people feel RG has begun to write similiar stories but I never feel this to be the case He often writes in the first person and yes, the hero does have a similiar feel about him perhaps because of this Often a man who has strong principles but is inveigled into all kinds of strange and twisted situations despite himself But so whatthe plots are all different and we visit a great many countries in R G stories all described in amazing detail He s either got some great guide books or is a great traveller Another excellent mystery by Robert Goddard with plenty of twists and turns.

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