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The Celtic Ring (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. Juli 1997

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." . . this is a fine cruising yarn in which The Riddle of the Sands is a clue."

"In the 1990s, a sailor hands his logbook to a Swede named Ulf living on his sloop in Denmark, then disappears. Log entries hint of a Druid revival, with allusions to Scotland's Caledonian Canal and a grisly cult. Ulf wants answers and asks friend Torben, a Celt/IRA buff, to join him on a Scotland cruise to get them, but doesn't reveal his motive." -- Cruising World "Cruising World, February 2002" -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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When Swedes Ulf and Torben encounter an enigmatic Finn, Pekka, who tells them about something called the Celtic Ring, the two set sail across the North Sea, encountering several homicidal individuals, to locate this Celtic underground.

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Von Ein Kunde am 19. Mai 1999
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Sailing, politics, history, terrorists, exotic ports. Outstanding, creative plot. Made me want to move onto a boat. I've kayaked the same route Torben and Ulf take accross Scotland (only in reverse), and Larsson describes it to the letter. One of my favorite reads ever. As my wife said, "I wish I didn't know what happened so I could read it again." Is this guy going to write another? I'll be first in line
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A wonderful book! In addition to the intrigue, the account of simple survival on the North Sea during winter is captivating. You'll never appreciate a warm fire more than when reading this book.
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Uniquely quirky book has everything including exotic travel and exotic locales..Somebody should make a movie of this...GREAT
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An intelligent page-turner! 28. Dezember 2001
Von Pierre Weydert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Let me clarify a few things right at the beginning: I am no sailor, I have never been to northern Scandinavia nor to Scotland, and I had never felt a great interest for Europe's Celtic heritage. But this book changed all that! It made me want to live on a boat, it gave me an appetite for a trip to northern Europe, and it aroused my interest in the history of the Celtic civilization. In short, "The Celtic Ring" has it all: an intelligent page-turner, so to speak. But what exactly is the book about?
On a cold January night in the Danish port of Dragor, Ulf - a young Swede living aboard his 31-foot-yacht "Rustica" - gets to know Pekka, an inscrutable Finn who has just arrived in the port utterly exhausted and green with fear. Pekka hands his logbook over to Ulf before disappearing again during the night that follows. After reading the logbook, Ulf decides to sail across the North Sea to Scotland together with his friend Torben in order to find out more about the so-called Celtic Ring, an enigmatic organization dedicated to the obtainment of political autonomy for the former Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Brittany. Along the way, Ulf and Torben have to battle both with adverse meteorological conditions as well as with shady characters who clearly disapprove of foreigners poking their noses into matters that are none of their own. In the end, the two Swedes succeed in uncovering a vast network of activists fighting for the Celtic cause, although much about the Ring's core organization remains unknown.
"The Celtic Ring" is a gripping novel bristling with nautical detail and historical footnotes that will appeal to experts and laymen alike. The plot is fast-moving and full of unexpected twists. The only part of the book I did not quite like was the end which leaves the reader in considerable doubt about the story's outcome. Also, the map provided in the book is of a too general nature, and I would have greatly appreciated a second, more precise map outlining those parts of the Scottish coastline that are so vividly described in the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Mystery, Sea & Conspiracy 27. Mai 2001
Von Elyon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Before making my comments below, I should preface this review by stating that I read this novel while recuperating from oral surgery, and therefore my appreciation of this book may have been influenced by the medications I was taking as well as by lack of sleep and expected interruptions in my attention span. Nonetheless, while engaging in its descriptions of the sea and as an ode to sailing, as well as initially creating and sustaining a sense of suspense and mystery, the conspiracy elements introduced in the novel never became successfully resolved, and at book's end did much to undermine the novel's other strengths, and were I allowed to award half stars, this work, because of this, would have merited only three and a half stars.
The book starts out well enough under dark, threatening skies in the harbor of Dragor, Denmark, the cold, wintry setting and empty, inhospitable sea establishing the perfect milieu for the chance and mysterious encounters that are to propel the main protagonist, Ulf, to undergo a nautical and dangerous journey to Scotland where he will soon find himself involved in murder, secret societies and intrigue. The initial stages of this voyage, undertaken in the midst of winter and involving the potentially deadly crossing of the North Sea, are marvelously detailed and suspenseful in the slow unraveling of the plot, each secret revealed further adding to the evolving mystery, and bringing the protagonist closer and closer, not only to answers but the inherent danger the truth may contain. Between the often gripping perils encountered on the ocean and the increasing and murderous attempts to prevent their quest for answers, suspense builds, the mystery deepens and the reader is compelled toward the final, and what will hopefully be, exciting and climactic conclusion.
However, without giving too much of the narrative away, the resolution of the mystery behind this book is predicated upon the existence of a loose confederation of secret Celtic societies, with hints of ancient rituals and possible magic. While during the bulk of the narrative the potential of a hidden and menacing cult's existence propelling events contributes to both the mystery and suspense building within the novel, the necessary resolution never comes, the identity and motivations of the "cult"---the true nature of the underlying conspiracy---remaining vague and tenuous, hidden within a fog of hints and references as veiled as the mists that physically disguise the setting at book's conclusion. Though it is perhaps unnecessary to entirely unmask the "villains" at book's end, too much is left to conjecture, the conspiracy that has threatened the protagonists throughout, and whose exposure is the purpose behind all their efforts and risks, remaining but for its outline unclear and dissatisfyingly revealed. Despite the book's strengths of characterization, plot and description, the absence of any true resolution to the mystery prevents me from wholeheartedly applauding this novel.
Nonetheless, those who love the sea and sailing, or are intrigued by things Celtic---readers who have admired Erskine Childers to whom this book is an acknowledgment---will find much in this novel to recommend it. The author has deftly drawn his primary characters---Ulf, his friend and sailing companion Torben, MacDuff and the mysterious Mary---creating individual and memorable characters, and the basic foundation of the story and its setting are admirably and often strikingly and beautifully established. There is little question that the author himself is a sailor. And even those who have never sailed or visited the western coast of Scotland will likely wish to re-experience the lochs, the islands and rugged coastline, as well as the slap of the waves on a hull firsthand. Had the author resolved the suspenseful mystery he had created more conclusively, with less plot threads left dangling, this book might have reached the full potential the author had within his grasp. As it is, the sense of mystery is left suspended.
As a final note: when reading this novel I would suggest ignoring the map provided at the book's beginning---it is neither complete nor accurate, and is ultimately more confusing than clarifying. Additionally, be prepared to gloss over some momentary problems, due either to errors in translation or poor editing. They crop up enough to attract notice, but ultimately remain only a minor distraction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This one has it all. 19. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Sailing, politics, history, terrorists, exotic ports. Outstanding, creative plot. Made me want to move onto a boat. I've kayaked the same route Torben and Ulf take accross Scotland (only in reverse), and Larsson describes it to the letter. One of my favorite reads ever. As my wife said, "I wish I didn't know what happened so I could read it again." Is this guy going to write another? I'll be first in line
3.0 von 5 Sternen Sailor meets Druids 24. Juli 2010
Von Gerald Kopp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Strange book. The writer presents a rather quirky sailor, left leaning, and middleclass Danish? The author seems to know a lot about sailing, not being one, I am not in the position to quibble. I like the historical context of the book but find it hard to believe that someone would be sailing around Scotland to help someone who is an admitted murderer. Also the line of writing leaves a bit to be desired. An example is when the hero goes back to his boat and while on the way wonders if anyone is on board, then boards the boat and never mentions whether or not anyone is on board....makes you wonder. The continous chase in the rought seas during the winter is interesting, though not probable, that I know of, especially when it is just to chase a shadowy individual who seems intent on doing meaningless dangerous things and for no apparent reason. The reason becomes clearer toward the end of the book (the best part) where you realize it is to keep the woman, Mary.

Also, it seemed weird there are few women in the book. The high prais this book supposedly to have received may be for the research into Celts and Druids as well as seamanship. The story line seems a bit lacking though with a good initial concept but little followthrough. The whole books seems to be about trying to find out how stupid the hero is and how dangerous he can make sailing. He must have been really bored in his prior job and needed mindless adventure. In many ways the characters are very juvenile.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Strongly Recommend 13. Januar 2013
Von Retz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In "The Celtic Ring", Larsson has written a book that I just couldn't stop reading. I felt immersed in the waves and rocks of the rugged Scottish coast. The characters sail, drink and eat in places that you can identify and follow precisely on any online mapping application; that handily provides a measure of reality and a geography lesson that amplified my enjoyment of this nail-biting drama. Larsson's characters are equally REAL. One reviewer captured their essence in the expression "Reluctant Heroes". They make mistakes, they have their awkward moments, their foibles, their Scandinavian introversion. Don't expect James Bond here.
I appreciated his research into Celtic history, myth, and literature, as well as his intriguing speculations on the relationship with Christianity and modern day politics.
The author's research and accurate presentation make the book an invitation, nay an inspiration, to share the protagonists' strivings for adventure, justice and truth while enjoying a great mystery/crime/adventure novel.
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