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At Hell's Gate: A Novel (Conrad Voort Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Juni 2006

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Suspense novelist Ethan Black has made a regular business of getting inside the heads of his heroes and villains in order to make clear that they are neither wholly good nor wholly bad, neither all strength nor all weakness. His taste for psychological nuance has inspired critical plaudits, and was keenly on view in 2003's Dead for Life, which featured an ostensibly textbook-caliber sociopath who is eventually shown to be no less complex or deserving of sympathy than anyone else, including Black's protagonist, multimillionaire New York police detective Conrad Voort. Sadly, At Hell's Gate, the fifth entry in the Voort series, pales by comparison with that previous work. In his effort to explore the depths of Voort's fears, Black has produced a tale that sacrifices emotional intrigue to vengeful violence.

Things begin promisingly enough. Voort, the Jaguar-driving scion of one of New York's founding families, is kayaking with his impossibly beautiful, on-and-off girlfriend, Camilla Ryan, in a treacherous stretch of the East River called Hell's Gate, when they encounter the corpse of a murdered taxi driver. Turns out the cabby was fascinated with old shipwrecks, including a riches-laden 18th-century frigate that might be sunk near Hell's Gate. But Voort's homicide probe leads him well beyond treasure hunting, to arson and death aboard a tugboat--and eventually into the clutches of a remorseless mercenary named Leon Bok, who threatens the cop with sexual debasement and the slaying of his family, unless Voort leaves town for a couple of weeks. Traumatized, increasingly paranoid of further attack, and fearing that he's "no good as a man anymore," Voort flees to Argentina with Camilla. But he soon returns and, under an alias, too boldly resumes his inquiry, which leads to revelations of international money laundering, divisiveness within Voort's usually close-knit clan, and a climactic shootout that begs for cinematic adaptation. Black--the pseudonym used by a New York journalist--would have done better completing his portrait of a golden-boy treading the precipice of collapse, and left all the fireworks to lesser novelists. --J. Kingston Pierce -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Ethan Black is a pseudonym for a bestselling author and New York-based journalist who has written fifteen books. His previous Conrad Voort thrillers, three of which were selections of major book clubs, include The Broken Hearts Club, Irresistible, All the Dead Were Strangers, and Dead For Life.

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High Caliber Page-Turner 6. August 2005
Von N. Bilmes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wow! Ethan Black's newest Voort thriller moves along at a breakneck pace, putting our hero through one of the most harrowing experiences in literature, an experience more discomfiting than the dental torture scenes in Marathon Man, and equally as hard to read as the torture scenes in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs.

Conrad Voort is broken down by the experience and must decide to succumb to the terror, or fight back. The final 150 pages of this book are taut with suspense and action, and the interfamilial tension between Voorts, Voort and his partner, and Voort and Camilla add an emotional element that makes the suspense more real.

This was an excellent book, and I highly recommend it.
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DOWN A NOTCH 17. September 2004
Von Michael Butts - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ethan Black's previous Conrad Voort novels have been expertly written and near perfect. In AT HELL'S GATE, Black loses some of the impetus he established in his earlier works. Conrad is back, engaged to Camilla Ryan, and finds himself in a murder investigation that has far reaching implications.

He and Camilla discover a corpse while kayaking, and later find that the victim is a cab driver. This leads to the cabbie's interest in treasure hunting, looking for a sunken treasure believed to be in the river. Once Voort latches on to the probable bad guy, he is victimized by a sadistic henchman---his masculinity takes a big bruise, and his damaged psyche forces him into the role of a vigilante, without including his beloved in what's going on.

Black writes good dialogue, and he sets some tense scenarios, but Voort loses some of his charm in this one. In his other novels, Voort has been very moralistic, and a deep believer in his faith and his family. His actions in this one don't seem to coincide with what we've learned about him up to this point.

I hope Black does better in his next Voort offering and lets Camilla and Voort go ahead and tie the knot, or separate them permanently.
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4 1/2 stars 30. September 2004
Von Konrad Kern - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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See story summary above.

An average effort by Ethan Black this time around. Though it has action as well as an emotional edge, this isn't the Conrad Voort of old (as one reviewer mentioned). It is a good story and it will keep you intrigued, so I would still recommend it for Ethan Black fans.
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heart wrenching police procedural 28. Juli 2004
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower, the Voorts were not far behind. Ever since their arrival in the new world, the Voorts were loyal to their country. Wealthy New York police officer Conrad Voort heads the clan. He is engaged to the woman he love and is looking forward to his marriage only four months away. One day while Voort and Camilla are kayaking near Hell's Gate, they find a dead man and bring him to shore.

Almost immediately, Voort learns that the man was interested in the ship the Hussar that went down in New York waters during the Revolutionary War supposedly carrying a lot of gold. That clue leads him to the murder of two men who sailed a tugboat. That information causes three men to assault and almost rape Voort. They threaten to harm him and his loved ones if he does not leave the country. Humiliated, and afraid for his fiancée and his family he does what they want but it burns his soul to comply. He returns to New York in secret intending to bring down the men who did this to him knowing he battles treasure-hunting killers who are not seeking gold.

This police procedural is one of the most heart wrenching crime thrillers anyone will ever read. The hero's reaction to his near rape and its' aftermath will make readers feel for him and like Voort want vengeance. This leads the audience to accept some of the questionable actions he takes. He is full of pride and in this case, it is a big fault because he cannot tell Camilla what happened to him and she is left feeling alone and abandoned. Ethan Black knows how to pull emotions out of his audience and we love him for it.

Harriet Klausner
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A top quartile book ! 29. Oktober 2005
Von Robert Benson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Excellent, straight-ahead story. Superb writing and dialog. The coverage and flavor of NYC is excellent. Voort is a real person. I seriously liked this.

I rate 8 to 10 books in this genre each month. I rate it based on a 0-5 point scale. This book rated Characters: 4.00. Realism: 4.25. Description: 4.00. Ah Ha: 2.50. The Read: 4.25. Overall, the book ranked 27 out of 361 books.
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