Strangler Vine : Avery and Blake

  • by M. J. Carter
  • Narrated by Alex Wyndham
  • Series: Avery and Blake
  • 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

India, 1937: William Avery is a young soldier with few prospects except rotting away in campaigns in India; Jeremiah Blake is a secret political agent gone native, a genius at languages and disguises, disenchanted with the whole ethos of British rule, but who cannot resist the challenge of an unresolved mystery. What starts as a wild goose chase for this unlikely pair - trying to track down a missing writer who lifts the lid on Calcutta society - becomes very much more sinister as Blake and Avery get sucked into the mysterious Thugee cult and its even more ominous suppression.
There are shades of Heart of Darkness, sly references to Conan Doyle, that bring brilliantly to life the India of the 1830s with its urban squalor, glamorous princely courts and bazaars, and the ambiguous presence of the British overlords - the officers of the East India Company - who have their own predatory ambitions beyond London's oversight.


What the Critics Say

"The Strangler Vine is a splendid novel with an enthralling story, a wonderfully drawn atmosphere, and an exotic mystery that captivated me." (Bernard Cornwell)


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Customer Reviews

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Enthralling, sometimes appalling tale of colonial India

This beautifully narrated, well written story of India in thrall to the East India Company before the British government took the country over explains a little known bit of history which I had heard before but had not retained. I will never forget it now – the invention of the cult of thugee, the worship of the Indian goddess Kali, in order to support the idea that India desperately needed the firm and civilizing hand of the British.
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- Amazon Customer

Great escape into India and the East India Company

Would you listen to Strangler Vine again? Why?

Great story with rich detail and fine adventure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Blake the anti-hero was compelling in his awareness of the problems with the superior British attitude and his appreciation of native culture.

Which character – as performed by Alex Wyndham – was your favorite?

Many to choose from. The Rajah and his court were richly woven tapestries to excite the mind. The British matron who befriends the heroes there was great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Just a lot of fun. Definitely a good summer read.

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- Holland Judkins

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2015
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books