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Saints of the Shadow Bible (Rebus) (English Edition)
Saints of the Shadow Bible (Rebus) (English Edition)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Rebus teams up with his alter ego, 9. Februar 2014
It seems that Rankin cannot quite put Rebus to bed. I can't say whether that is because Rankin keeps getting ideas or whether nothing else sells for him.
However that may be, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I enjoyed every previous Rebus story. I like the various plot threads, the lean writing and fast dialogues. Every few chapters you have to pause and arrange things in your mind.
I have deducted 1 star for the following reasons:
- In the stories about the Complaints, I always thought Michael Fox was to Rebus as a positive photo is to its negative. In this story, they are brought together, and the distinction begins to blur. Fox becomes more like Rebus as the story progresses, even to the point that he is given lines that Rebus could have said. Rebus accepts Fox too easily for my liking. Intentional? If so, why? I would have preferred for Fox to remain Rebus' favourite enemy, with a different set of values and style of speaking.
- Rebus is back in CID, but at the rank of DS, making Siobhan (and, in the next book, possibly Fox as well) his superior in rank. Why all the castigation? Rebus does that enough of himself already.
- The cover of the book asks: "Rebus: Saint or Sinner?" and promises we will find out who he really is. Well after 20 or so Rebus stories, I thought we guessed by now. In the early Rebus books, the chip on his shoulder was his SAS past, and we know he is neither sinner nor saint, or both, depending on which you look at it. In this book, replacing his past by his time at Summerhall (never mentioned before) doesn't quite work for me.
- Small detail: all Rebus books contain references to his musical preference. Yet there is not one single quip about the fact that one of the major characters (Stefan Gilmour) is the namesake of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. I wondered about that.
- No mention of Big Ger Cafferty. Hm.

The book's ending shows that Rebus has learned one thing: if you are going to use methods like the Saints of the Shadow Bible, make sure you are the only Saint. But this has been his approach all along: so Rebus stays true to his maverick self.

So where is Rankin taking Rebus? Playing third fiddle to Clarke and Fox? Will they gel into a threesome that is successful because (like Jagger and Richards) of the tension between them? Is Rankin setting Rebus up to be junior in rank but the unspoken leader of the team?

More than its immediate predecessors, this book shows me that Rankin is not done yet with Rebus. And that is a good thing.


Life (englische Ausgabe)
Life (englische Ausgabe)
von Keith Richards
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Preis: EUR 17,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen Enthralling read, 17. Februar 2012
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Life (englische Ausgabe) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
If you're interested in first-hand accounts of the Stones' early days, the rise to fame, the self-imposed exile in the south of France (hence Exile on Main Street, recorded in the basement of Keith's castle), the drugs years, his development as a guitarist, the stories behind the songs, the cold turkey (1978) followed by the fights with Mick Jagger, it is an enthralling read.
Entertaining because it's written as if it is a transcript of him speaking, and if you have ever heard an interview with him (loads on YouTube), you will know what I mean.
The impression I am left with is here is one of those totally laid back, self-centered individuals, fiercely loyal to his friends while living according to his own rules and morality, whom - even while he infuriates you and sometimes is just such a prick - it is impossible to dislike.
Mick Jagger doesn't come away well in the book, but he apparently read the manuscript and had no problem with it (I imagine he was like: "Oh God, Keith's off again").
The conclusion you draw is that the Stones are still together because of Keith's unrelenting loyalty to Mick ("he's not my friend, he's my brother and brothers fight .... and if I catch anyone else saying anything against him I'll slit their throat"), and his total commitment to the band and his music. Plus, and I think not least, the recognition that they are only successful when they're together, not trying on their own or with others.
A haunting book really, I find myself going back to it to reread passages.
Well, all those years we read the headlines, heard the news, read the articles, listened to the music and went to the gigs. And here it is from the horse's mouth, filling in the gaps.
Follow that, Mick.
I can't wait.


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