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.
"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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Great escape into India and the East India Company
Great story with rich detail and fine adventure.
Mr. Blake the anti-hero was compelling in his awareness of the problems with the superior British attitude and his appreciation of native culture.
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.
Just a lot of fun. Definitely a good summer read.
- Holland Judkins
I Love this book, listened to it three times.
It is probably the best mystery book I have ever read, I read on average 2 books a week.
Good solid mystery, set it 1900 India, concerns the East India Company and two young men who are sent on a mission to find a famous author in the wilds of India.
Gripping, exciting, full of historical data that does not interfere with the story line.
The author has been nominated to several awards, google the book for yourself.
When William shot the tiger and when he had to shoot his friend. ( I am not going to give away which one.)
Excellent reader, adds emotional tone to the story.
I really like good writing - this author is an excellent writer. One of the best.
- Julie "I love a good mystery. My favorite author right now is Edward Marston. I am enjoying the Great War Series."