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The Care of Time (Inglese) Copertina rigida – ago 1983

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Book by Ambler Eric

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3.0 su 5 stelle Ross Thomas fans will enjoy this modern Ambler offering. 11 febbraio 2008
Di Michael G. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
This latter day Eric Ambler novel vividly demonstrates the author's ability to keep up with the times. It's impossible to discern just from reading The Care of Time that Ambler had been writing espionage themed books for the prior 50 years. What's more, though written more than a quarter century ago, the subject matter, Mideast terrorism, is probably even more relevant now than it was then.

The storyline revolves around the book's narrator Robert Halliday, ghostwriter and minor television personality. Halliday is an American who once spent time in an Iraqi jail. He has a healthy skepticism when it comes to government in general and intelligence services in particular. So it comes as a shock when he is enlisted to serve as a middleman between Western intelligence and an eccentric Arab potentate.

Byzantine plotting, worthy of Ross Thomas at his most outlandish, characterizes this deftly written novel of intrigue. Most of the action takes place in Italy and Austria but the fascinating cast of characters come from far and wide.

Recommended to readers who enjoy international thrillers with an abundance of bizarre plot twists.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Virtually as Timely as the Day It Was Published in 1981 1 maggio 2003
Di Donald Mitchell - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
Eric Ambler always relied on the contemporary political tensions to build his international espionage thrillers. The Care of Time is no exception except that it has stood the test of time for 22 years amazingly well. If you leave out occasional references to the Cold War, the rest of the book could easily have been set in January 2003. If you are interested in the question of how to control access to weapons of mass destruction, you will find The Care of Time provides you will chilling issues to keep you up late at night!
The Care of Time is Mr. Ambler's last novel, and is unfortunately out of print. Hopefully, the events in the Middle East over the last 12 years will increase interest enough in the novel to bring it back into print.
The key players in the book are an Arab ruler of a small Middle Eastern state, an American ghostwriter with a CIA background, and an international wheeler dealer in shadowy offerings. Amid them are sprinkled terrorists, generals, and reporters. The resulting stew builds around a thrilling, suspenseful plot in which the safety of all of us is put into question. To give you a flavor, here's how the book opens. "The warning mesage arrived on Monday, the bomb itself on Wednesday."
Those who like thrillers will find this one to be very satisfying unless they require the deaths of vast numbers of people in the story.
For Eric Ambler fans, I think this is the best of his work in his last decade.
In other words, don't miss this book! You may have to buy a used copy or find it in the library until it is back in print.
Be vigilant in seeking out the right solutions for all of us.
Donald Mitchell
Co-Author of The 2,000 Percent Solution, The Irresistible Growth Enteprise, and The Ultimate Competitive Advantage
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5.0 su 5 stelle Some middle east terrorists led by a wealthy fellow who... 14 gennaio 2002
Di Hans Castorp - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
...seems to enjoy living in a fully furnished cave,with all the modern conveniences... It's hard to believe this novel,Mr. Ambler's last,is out of print. Suffice it to say that the similarities between this 1981 novel, and today's world, are interesting. I was fortunate to have met and spoken with Mr. Ambler at the time. In fact, he was a leading author and screenwriter for over forty years before this was written. If you can get hold of a copy, don't miss it!
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4.0 su 5 stelle Ambler's last novel; a winner. 15 settembre 2000
Di D. R. Schryer - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
The Care of Time was Eric Ambler's last novel and it's a winner. Ambler was THE master of novels of suspense and intrigue, and with this book he clearly demonstrated that he maintained his skills in this genre to the end. The opening pages are gripping and the ensuing plot is full of twists and turns, leading to a logical and satisfactory conclusion. Fans of suspense and intrigue -- and superb writing -- will not be disappointed.
5.0 su 5 stelle Timeless classic 22 giugno 2014
Di Alfred J. Kwak - Pubblicato su
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The last of 18 thrillers and spy books by Eric Ambler (1909-1998; EA), active in WW II , author of many screenplays and said to have inspired Len Deighton, John Le Carré and Robert Ludlum. Was twice awarded the coveted Golden Dagger for best thriller of the year. His works have recently been reprinted.
This 1981 novel is written in the I-form by the survivor of a spying operation, Robert Halliday (RH). He is a former foreign and war correspondent in the Middle East, now a sought-after ghost writer for the rich and famous. RH is lured into new territory via a bomb threat and a picture of the Mansour Hotel in Baghdad, where he was held years ago for nine months by Iraqi security. The sender of the bomb (it does arrive) and the picture, correctly assumes RH feels he has a score to settle in Iraq.
The book gathers pace very slowly because of all the technicalities raised by RH in the first half. He is asked to write a book based on two manuscripts: a shady MS by a 19th century Russian anarchist, the other still unwritten, dealing with future acts of world-wide terrorism. His source person on this also sent him the bomb and postcard. He is a secretive trader in intelligence called Zander. His and Robert’s life will be in ever present danger: a rich Gulf person or ruler has put a price of USD 20m on Zander’s head to prevent him from disclosing to Robert what he knows… I leave the outcome to readers.
Over time Ambler develops his lead character Robert from a pedantic person obsessed by contract technicalities into a real flesh and blood man.
Ambler has written a timeless novel by not mentioning brand names, types of cars or airplanes. Well-structured and –paced and written in a precise style. Deserves to be read again.

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