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‘A TERRIFIC WRITER’ MARK BILLINGHAM
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The Noble Path is Peter May’s explosive standalone thriller set in Cambodia and Thailand amid the bloody reign of the Khmer Rouge
THE EVIL WRATH
Cambodia, 1978. Amid the Khmer Rouge’s crazed genocide, soldier-of-fortune Jack Elliott is given the impossible task of rescuing a family from the regime.
THE PAINFUL TRUTH
Eighteen-year-old orphan and budding journalist Lisa Robinson has received the impossible news that her father is, in fact, alive. His name – Jack Elliott.
THE NOBLE PATH
As Jack tracks the hostages and Lisa traces her heritage, each is intent on reuniting a family. Yet to succeed, so must run a dangerous gauntlet of bullets and betrayal.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is my third Peter May book and each of them has been completely different from this super-talented author. This book was originally written in the 1980s but has had a re-vamp to fit more into the style of writing for today’s readers.
It is 1978 and soldier of fortune Jack Elliott has been employed to get a small team together and go to Cambodia to rescue the family of a man that he had to leave behind in the war. Back home in Britain Lisa Robinson’s mother had recently died leaving her an orphan with a small fortune she had known nothing about. She had told that her father had died when she was a baby, now she has discovered that her father is alive. She remembers a man standing watching the funeral and now knows it was him. His name is Jack Elliott. Lisa, after a bit of digging, decides to track him down and books a plane ticket to follow him.
This is quite an epic journey, violent, traumatic and life-changing. The chapters switch between Elliott, Lisa and the family he has set out to rescue. The descriptions of the camps where the families are kept are horrific, very much in line with the second world war atrocities. Boy soldiers forced to commit terrible acts of violence, starving families, rape and executions. The perilous rescue and endless trek towards safety that just keeps moving further out of reach.
Lisa is extremely vulnerable in her new environment, too trusting and nieve. A trip into a hell she would never forget and which costs far more than money. It seemed a country where life had little value and could be bartered for as an expendable commodity. I read it all with a very grim unbelievable understanding as to how people could treat fellow humans like this and I knew it was all too real.
I really couldn’t put this book down as every page brought a new danger, a pure adrenaline rush of urgency, tension and heartache. Not everyone can have a happy ending, life just isn’t like that. Another stunning story, so looking forward to reading more Peter May books.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter May was an award-winning journalist at the age of just twenty-one. He left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series and accruing more than 1,000 television credits. He is published in 32 languages and has sold several million copies worldwide as well as winning numerous awards. His last novel I’ll Keep You Safe (2018) was no.1 in The Times book charts and his new novel The Man With No Face is due to come out in January 2019. In recent years he won the Best Crime Novel Award for The Blackhouse at Bouchercon in the US, Entry Island won the Deanston Crime Book of the Year and Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award.