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What did you love best about Passage of Arms?
This story, as several of Eric Ambler's, features a protagonist who is an unsuspecting innocent, stumbling into intrigue. The plot is clearly laid out, with ample details for the reader to understand the motivations and constraints on the characters.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot kept my full attention, sometimes to the detriment of driving, The beauty of this plot is that it is straightforward, with enough illumination of the situation and characters for the listener to understand why things happen.
Which character – as performed by John Chancer – was your favorite?
My favorite character was the originator of the action, Girja Krishnan
If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The tag line of a film should be "Tourist Beware"
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Written in 1959, this novel reflects the mores of its times. While on holiday in Indonesia, Greg Nilsen practically jumps at the opportunity to put one over on the communists. Foolishly, he does not count on the greed and corruption of the other parties to the transaction he agrees to facilitate. There are secondary story lines centering on the three other players in this arms game, but it is easy to follow what is happening to which character. It is an engaging story and made me think of how many shadow-world trades happen today, delivering arms to rebels, terrorists and revolutionaries.
The story is well paced and held my interest. I thought the narrator did a fine job - meaning he did not distract me from the story.