Monday, 16 May 2011

THRILLER REVIEW: Blood Count - Robert Goddard

Release Date: 31/03/11


There's no such thing as easy money. As surgeon Edward Hammond is about to find out. Thirteen years ago he performed a life saving operation on a Serbian gangster, Dragan Gazi. Gazi is now standing trial for war crimes in the international court in The Hague. After his life was saved, his men went on to slaughter thousands in the Balkan civil wars. Now Gazi's family want more from him: in exchange for keeping Hammond's dirty little secret, they want him to find for them the man who holds the key to all the money Gazi squirreled away before he was locked up. But Italian financier, Marco Piravani, doesn't want to be found, not by Hammond, not by anyone. No sooner has Hammond tracked him down, than Piravani has disappeared again. His pursuit will take him first to the Hague, and then to Milan to find the Italian, and then finally back to the scene of his crime, Belgrade, where he must confront the decisions he once so easily took. Only then will he be able to lay the past to rest...


To be honest I only started reading Roberts work on the recommendation of my grandfather and whilst he is still an out and out Goddard fan I’ve been finding that whilst entertaining there is similar themes as well as arcs within each title. The prose is of a decent standard, the characters are fleshed out and most importantly there is a tale to tell but when I read this title I felt that it was more a going through the motions than an actual must read book. Against a lot of other authors it is in the upper echelon of Thriller writing, against some of Roberts earlier titles however it is not his best work, but neither is it his worst. All in a reasonable read but not only I’ll be repeating any time soon. I have a hankering for Past Caring so will pick that up again shortly.

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