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

Most Helpful

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

I Love this book, listened to it three times.

Where does Strangler Vine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangler Vine?

When William shot the tiger and when he had to shoot his friend. ( I am not going to give away which one.)

What does Alex Wyndham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent reader, adds emotional tone to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The same

Any additional comments?

I really like good writing - this author is an excellent writer. One of the best.

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- Julie "I love a good mystery. My favorite author right now is Edward Marston. I am enjoying the Great War Series."

Book Details

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