Whereas I certainly didn't find the book boring, I do feel that there is room for improvement in the series. I bought the book because of the setting and the subject and the book definetely fulfilled those expectations. Knowing the Wapping / Shadwell area quite good I was really happy with the book and its treatment of the historical background. What I did find slightly irritating is the author shying away from the more dramatic scenes. There is the build up towards a confrontation or an action scene and then the author skips to telling what happened in retrospective. That can be a bit annoying, keeps the reader at arm's length and is the reason I couldn't award four stars. That said, the book still feels oddly compelling and I have just downloaded the second in the series on my kindle.
3,0 von 5 SternenA wonderful evocation of 18th century River Thames life ...
1. April 2013 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
... shame about the lacklustre characterisation.
Tom Pascoe, all round good egg, is unjustly fired from his job as Captain in the Navy and given a position as River Surveyor in the newly formed Thames Riverside Police. From the very beginning he realises his main problem will be the dastardly criminal, Joseph Boylin. Not only is he the crime supremo of the area, he was also subject to a severe naval punishment when serving on Captain Pascoe's ship and bears him a deadly grudge.
The smell of the river, the howling of the mob, the anti-semitism and the grinding poverty leap off the page.
19. September 2013 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This was a colourful book that aptly brought out the grinding poverty and degradation of Georgian dockside London. I would like to see more from this author as he develops his writing.
If there is an issue with the book it is that things never got too difficult for the hero. The bad guy was often impotent and fearful and easily defeated at most turns. The protagonist was able to deal with all challenges without breaking much of a sweat. So I never had the feeling that things were ever going to turn out in anything but total victory. Also, a love interest sub-plot depends on a coincidence of such magnitude that even for a piece of fiction, seems too far-fetched.
This is a first book by a new author, I found it slow to start, but when the story starts to evolve it becomes a very good read. Patrck Easter has realy gone into the ways of the docklands of old and the way the dockers made thier living. It is a good read. Geoff