Reconciliation For The Dead (Claymore Straker Book 3) Kindle Edition
Vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker returns to South Africa to testify to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, recounting the horrifying events that led to his exile, years earlier … The addictive, thought-provoking, searingly emotive next instalment in the critically acclaimed Claymore Straker series…
‘A gripping, page-turning thriller that is overflowing with substance to go along with Hardisty’s atmospheric prose and strong narrative style’ Craig Sisterson, Mystery Magazine
‘A solid, meaty thriller – Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character’ Lee Child
‘The author’s deep knowledge of the settings never slows down the non-stop action, with distant echoes of a more moral-minded Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne’ Maxim Jakubowski
Fresh from events in Yemen and Cyprus, vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker returns to South Africa, seeking absolution for the sins of his past. Over four days, he testifies to Desmond Tutu’s newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission, recounting the shattering events that led to his dishonourable discharge and exile, fifteen years earlier.
It was 1980. The height of the Cold War. Clay is a young paratrooper in the South African Army, fighting in Angola against the Communist insurgency that threatens to topple the White Apartheid regime. On a patrol deep inside Angola, Clay, and his best friend, Eben Barstow, find themselves enmeshed in a tangled conspiracy that threatens everything they have been taught to believe about war, and the sacrifices that they, and their brothers in arms, are expected to make.
Witness and unwitting accomplice to an act of shocking brutality, Clay changes allegiance and finds himself labelled a deserter and accused of high treason, setting him on a journey into the dark, twisted heart of institutionalised hatred, from which no one will emerge unscathed…
Exploring true events from one of the most hateful chapters in South African history, Reconciliation for the Dead is a shocking, explosive and gripping thriller from one finest writers in contemporary crime fiction.
Praise for Paul E. Hardisty
'This is a remarkably well-written, sophisticated novel in which the people and places, as well as frequent scenes of violent action, all come alive on the page...’ Jessica Mann, Literary Review
‘A trenchant and engaging thriller that unravels this mysterious land in cool, precise sentences’ Stav Sherez, Catholic Herald
‘Laces the thrills and spills with enough moral indignation to give the book heft … excellent’ Jake Kerridge, Telegraph
‘A thriller of the highest quality, with the potential to one day stand in the company of such luminaries as Bond and Bourne’ Live Many Lives
‘A big, powerful, sophisticated and page-turning thriller – thought-provoking and prescient' Eve Seymour
'The writing at times is poetic, at other times filled with tension in a narrative complete with well delineated characters and several shocks. Highly Recommended’ Shots Mag
‘Gripping and exciting … the quality of Hardisty’s writing and the underlying truth of his plots sets this above many other thrillers’ West Australian
‘A stormer of a thriller, vividly written, utterly tropical, totally gripping’ Peter James
‘Searing … at times achieves the level of genuine poetry’ Publishers Weekly STARRED review
‘A page-turning adventure that grabs you from the first page and won’t let go’ Edward Wilson
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"Highly recommended . . . the powerfully drawn scenes and conflicts linger in my mind." --Kingdom Books Mysteries Reviews
"The writing . . . at times achieves the level of genuine poetry." --Publishers Weekly
"Hardisty doesn't put a foot wrong in this forceful, evocative thriller . . . the author's deep knowledge of the settings never slows down the non-stop action, with distant echoes of a more-moral minded Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne." --Maxim Jakubowski
"A solid, meaty thriller--Hardisty is a fine writer and Straker is a great lead character." --Lee Child --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01MTVTHRN
- Publisher : ORENDA BOOKS (22 March 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1021 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 450 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 368,217 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If you haven't already done so, this novel should inspire you to read the first two of the series.
I have booked myself another sleepless night in anticipation of the concluding novel of Claymore Straker's life-saga.
What appeals most is that lead character Clay Straker doesn't fit the cliche thriller mode requiring an empty shell to be moved in and out of plot stages. Hardisty created a richly portrayed main character of many (sometimes conflicting) dimensions in an astoundingly detailed and unfamiliar-to-me locales. How refreshing it was to read novels set in Yemen (book 1) and Cyprus (book 2).
I found Reconciliation for the Dead (book 3, set mostly in South Africa) to have an even deeper emotional current, which made it even better than the first two. Hard to believe. This third one must have taken some time to write due to the intricacies of portraying a maturing youth (a younger Straker), and of framing the action so believably that it could only be carried out by someone who is deeply familiar with southern African cultures and conflicts.
Overall, there's a lot between the covers of Reconciliation. Mostly, I love books that stay far away from the simple search-and-destroy plot. Hardisty's certainly does that and a lot more.
This story, like the last two, calls out the terrible evil humans are capable of when greed and avarice is given license by righteousness. Aside from this moral dimension, the series is uniformly well written, action-packed, and simply riveting.
If you'd like your Joseph Conrad, Tim O'Brian, and Cormac McCarthy with a bit of Lee Child, you'll just love this.