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Paving the New Road: Book 4 in the Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series Paperback – Large Print, 11 June 2018
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- Publisher : ReadHowYouWant; Large type / Large print edition (11 June 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 550 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1525278215
- ISBN-13 : 978-1525278211
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In this book, the fourth in the series,Rowland Sinclair and his friends go to 1930s Germany.'Rowly' , under an assumed name , agrees to attempt to keep Eric Campbell, from Australia's far right, from forming links with the increasingly powerful German chancellor.He also wants to find out what happened to the previous operative, who drowned under suspicious circumstances.Germany in those times is a scary place,with bullying SA members roving in groups, book burnings and humiliation and imprisonment of Jews and 'undesirables'.
While there are a few too many coincidences which link with well known characters (for example, I worked out who the young woman they befriended was fairly early, and I was a bit dubious that Unity Mitford would have been quite that silly) there is a good sense of suspense with not knowing whom to trust, so that I was able to accept that slight irritation to race through to the frightening but satisfying conclusion.
There was a very real sense of threat and a strong tale, which kept me glued to the pages until the end.I am now onto the next in the series.
I'd suggest though that although you could read this book on its own, it is probably best to read them in order.. I am loving the historical detail and characters...a rare treat!
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Rowland and his friends prove able and inventive in the tactics they use to achieve their task in Germany and they meet and make interesting friends. Although this is in some ways much grimmer than previous books in this series there is still a humour and irreverence which threads through these stories. Parts of this story were truly disturbing and the Australians reactions to the German repressions was well conveyed.
Perhaps as another reviewer has noted the mystery was more obvious than others have been but this book touched me more deeply than the previous books. I truly felt the fear and horror and appreciated the courage of those who resisted. As Senator Hardy says when he shakes Milton's hand, "Desperate times, strange bedfellows". This was a worthy contribution to this fine series.
This is a great series of books but at this point I think the author needs to think about the direction of the characters and perhaps not use so many historical figures in her books. The characters of Rowly and his friends and family are terrific and they need to take centre stage again and be developed. I just get the feeling that aspects of this novel were a bit rushed.
Still an entertaining read by a great author and I'm already waiting for the next one.