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Stone's Fall Kindle Edition
John Stone, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents, has been found dead in mysterious circumstances. His beautiful young widow commissions a journalist to carry out an unusual bequest in his will but as he begins his research he soon discovers a story far more complex than he could have ever imagined...
As the story moves backwards through time, from London in 1909 to Paris in 1809, before concluding in Venice in 1867, the mystery of John Stone's life and loves begins to unravel. The result is a spellbinding novel that is both a quest for the truth, a love story that spans decades and a compelling murder mystery.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0031RSB0U
- Publisher : Vintage Digital (7 May 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 1384 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 610 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 184,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wasted far too much time waiting for this book to get better. By page149, I gave up. Nothing of interest had happened. I’m annoyed at the lost hours of my life.
The narrator is an absolute moron. The dialogue is ridiculous. Nobody talks like that, and the constant q&a formula of every conversation is a transparent and tedious device.
I think what’s most insulting is that Iain Pears seems like he could actually be a good writer, but he just couldn’t be bothered with this book. Shame.
This novel is good, very good, superb in fact.
Ian Pears is a brilliant storyteller and this book captivates and holds the reader.
So much so that I stayed up reading this book when I should have been in the arms of Morpheus getting a bit of nocturnal oblivion, and not just the once either, it was that good.
His plot lines weave through time and draw in characters that share your head for a while and his attention to historical detail embellishes the story without smothering it.
This is really good stuff. I can but recommend it.
But it should come with a 'health warning', because if you do 'get in' to this book it could easily lead to time slipping by as you 'just read another page', regardless of the hour.
Of course you won't care, at least not until you look at the clock and realise just for just how long Ian Pears has been stealing your time.
But worth it just the same