A Novel

Harkaway, Nick

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"Sergeant Lester Ferris is a good man in need of a rest. After a long career of being shot at, he's about to be retired. The mildly larcenous, backwater island of Mancreu is the ideal place to serve out his time, a former British colony in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste and facing imminent destruction by an international community concerned for their own safety. The perfect place for Lester is also the perfect location for a multinational array of shady businesses. Hence the Black Fleet of illicit ships lurking in the bay: spy stations, arms dealers, offshore hospitals, money-laundering operations, drug factories and torture centers. None of which should be a problem, since Lester's brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye. Meanwhile, he befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation who will need a new home when the island dies. When Mancreu's fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he has no choice but to rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island--and the boy--will need" -- from publisher's web site.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 0385352417
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARKAWAY 2014
Characteristics: 337 pages ;,25 cm


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Feb 14, 2015
  • msmigels rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"The Tiger Man, for Christ's sake! I'm living in a comic book."
A strange combination of thriller, literary fiction, and verbal "graphic novel” that whizzes past inventive toward ridiculously improbable. While mostly entertaining in classic comic book tradition (curiosity satisfied, good trumps evil, romance, an action-packed chase, etc.) , I expected more. There was just something wrong with treating a story about the moral murk that empire leaves behind, and Ferris’s emotional attachment to the boy, with the easy bombast of an adventure story for boys.

Jul 20, 2014

"Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help. By the award-winning author of Angelmaker." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4f6ee64-db77-4e52-b8b4-047c4a840df7?postId=68a5ce8f-6d53-453a-a4fa-045bd063b705


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