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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Fig Tree (30. Januar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0241146232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241146231
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 2,5 x 23,4 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 133.411 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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The Strangler Vine is a splendid novel with an enthralling story, a wonderfully drawn atmosphere, and an exotic mystery that captivated me (Bernard Cornwell)

The Strangler Vine is fresh and original with many surprises in store . . . Avery is the guileless Watson of the partnership, and Blake the opaque Sherlock . . . it is a relief to know that the two will be reunited in a sequel (Frances Wilson Evening Standard)

A rattling good yarn . . . I do not remember when I enjoyed a novel more than this. Finishing it would have been unbearable had it not been for the reassuring promise at the end that Blake and Avery will return for more adventures. (A. N. Wilson Financial Times)

The Strangler Vine is a considerable achievement, which left me waiting impatiently for a promised sequel (The Times)

Intelligent, extensively researched and packed with period detail, The Strangler Vine evokes both the attitudes of the British colonials and the India of the period . . . with its ingredients including murder, gambling, opium wars and crime, it's an imaginative read (Metro)

M.J. Carter has cooked up a spicy dish: a pinch of Moonstone, a dash of Sherlock and a soupçon of Fu Manchu added to a rich stew of John Masters. A splendid romp and just the job for a cold winter's evening in front of a blazing fire (William Dalrymple)

This is a gripping story of conspiracy and betrayal set in an early Victorian India that is rendered with complete conviction. And as a historian, the author offers a thought-provoking re-interpretation of the Thuggee story (Charles Palliser)

A great read, white tigers and all (Independent)

Tigers, a murderous sect and all manner of deadly double-dealing . . . compelling (Daily Mail)

A great new double act for a super new series of adventures (Sunday Sport)

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of non-fiction: Anthony Blunt: His Lives and The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One. M. J. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.


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I'm looking forward to reading the sequel! Fascinating topic, excellent characters, engaging and captivating plot: A really wonderful book that I can wholeheartedly recommend.
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A pacey tale of derring-do but it limps home. 27. April 2014
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1837: The East India Company is a vast trading operation that uses its powers as a quasi-military force to keep the vast indigenous population under its many-tentacled control. Avery is a young officer with a strong moral compass and he is a keen observer; his lowly position in 'the Company' allows him to be the detached onlooker and, as such, he is an engaging narrator.

The Company teams Avery up with undercover agent Blake, an older man whose best days, it would seem, are behind him. They are dispatched to find revered poet, Xavier Mountstuart, who has mysteriously disappeared in remote territory. Could Mountstuart have been kidnapped or even killed by a murderous bandit gang known as 'Thuggee'?

At first, The Strangler Vine is an entertaining well-paced read, fascinating in its description of the Indian hierarchy, imperial power politics and the sometimes beautiful, sometimes brutal landscape. However, as an ever-increasing number of duplicitous characters, murderous Thugs and blatant metaphors creep out of the 'jangal' undergrowth, the whole thing descends into pantomime heroics and villainy. The last third of the book is such implausible nonsense that I'm afraid I lost patience with it. Having said that, the first chapter of the next Avery adventure (to be found at the end of the book) does sound remarkably intriguing....
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The Strangler Vine 8. September 2014
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This atmospheric and evocative mystery is set in the early days of the Raj. It is 1837 and William Avery is a young Ensign in the East India Company, kicking his heels in Calcutta with a mounting sense of frustration at not being summoned to his cavalry regiment in north Bengal, while he gets overlooked and in more and more debt. One day he is asked to deliver a letter to Jeremiah Blake, who has `gone native' and is surly and surprisingly unimpressed by the summons by the Company which Avery is so loyal to.

Although dispirited by his circumstances and disappointed by India, Avery was half enticed there by the romantic writings of Xavier Mountstuart; author of books such as "The Lion of the Punjab," and "Foothills of Nepal." He still has an enduring love and respect for the author and poet, who has not only written a novel which is currently scandalising Calcutta society, but has since gone missing after apparently going to investigate a sect of murderers and worshippers of Kali, called the Thuggee. Unknown to Avery, Jeremiah Blake is being sent to search for the missing writer and Avery has been chosen to unwillingly accompany him. Partly promoted and partly threatened, Avery is the uncomfortable Englishman abroad. While Blake ignores him, the intelligent and kindly Mir Aziz attempts to help him and the native helpers, Nungoo and Sameer, sneer at him, Avery clings to his uniform and the values of the Company he represents.

We follow Black and Avery through a country of Maharajah's, assassination attempts, dangerous jungles, Indian discontent about British rule, the fear of the Thugee brigands, and, of course, the English - sometimes despotic, like the isolated Major Sleeman, or fascinated with all things Indian, as with Mrs Parkes. This is India in a very interesting period; spanning the time between the rule of the East India Company and the beginning of the Raj proper. A time when men like Blake - happy to make India their home and intermarry were frowned upon - and the `fishing fleet' began to appear; young, unmarried English girls sent to India to make a suitable marriage. Blake has lost his respect for the Company and Avery is going to have his illusions shattered before their adventures are done.

Although this is, in essence, a good old fashioned mystery, it is beautifully written. I was thrilled to discover that there will be another novel featuring Blake and Avery and look forward to reading more of their adventures. If you enjoy historical mysteries with a great plot, an interesting setting and excellent characters, you will enjoy this.
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Best book of 2014 20. November 2014
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This is the best book I've read this year -- and there have been some very serious contenders for that spot on my long list.

M.J. Carter has made magic in this book. Something that reminds me of the excitement I felt reading books like Martin Cruz Smith's 'Rose,' Mark Frost's, "The List of 7" and Iain Pear's 'Instance of the Fingerpost'.

I loved every bit of the adventure that is 'The Strangler Vine'.

I hold a graduate degree in history (not Indian) and the book feels historically accurate without belaboring the issue or interfering with the flow of the story.

The depth of Carter's characterization is amazing. I repeatedly wanted to smack William Avery but could not help liking him -- just as Blake grew to like him, in spite his facile acceptance of the Company and its progressive brutalization of the Indian peoples. Carter could have made Avery a simpleton if she'd opened his eyes to the truth too quickly. Instead, her depiction of Avery's growing understanding of the East Indian Company and it's role in the British Empire is masterful.

This book is like an Indian Jones novel for thinking adults. The dangers in this story are darker and more real, the characters more nuanced and flawed, and the treasure they seek much more elusive and valuable at the end of the day than any golden geegaw.

Read the blurb if you want to know what it's about -- take my word for it that the story will grab you by the throat and keep you up reading (and maybe even wake you up two hours early, to the annoyance of the person trying to sleep beside you).

Fan. Freaking. Tastic.
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Great semi-historical thriller. 24. November 2014
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Really, really a great reading experience so much so that I hated for the book to end! The characters were finely developed, the story line was perfect and the use of language was such that I didn't mind having to look up some of the words. The story line basically is the search in 1837 India by a young officer of the East India Company and a rogue secret agent for an author who has disappeared. while researching the activities of a sect of murderers who worship the godess Kali.

Although I have read extensively about and traveled throughout India, I learned so much about the customs of the various areas and the landscape that I felt I was traveling along with the author. I hope that there is more to come from the author.
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The Strangler Vine 31. März 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It presents a lovely flavor of India, well researched apparently and well constructed and written. My only adverse comment is the slightly pedantic style, which admittedly fits into the period of the book. This, however, is relieved by the adventurous plot and action.
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