There are few things as good as Goddard novel to sink your teeth into during a holiday, especially after an unsatisfactory reading holiday such as the one I just had When you are looking for dependably enthralling, Goddard is your best bet Because even when he adds one twist too far, or less than satisfactory explanations, the pace of his writing remains perfect This one has all the great characters and historical twists to qualify as one of his stronger novels Read this one after Past Caring andIn Pale Battalions and you will be well on your way to be a Goddard fan. Targeting the beautiful daughter of a wealthy munitions dealer in the hopes of receiving a payoff from her father, scam artists Guy Horton and Max Wingate find their plan upset when Max really falls in love.I ve started to notice a reoccurring theme in Robert Goddard s books A theme that provides for a fascinating, intriguing story with an array of believable characters with all too human qualities They aren t always good guys but most have some redeeming qualities The crimes committed in the past always come back to haunt the protagonists in the present The Closed Circle was no exceptionbut what a story Goddard is a master story teller and writes in such beautiful prose The story sees our heroGuy stumble through twists and turns while uncovering truths that may turn out to be lies in the end This is one of Goddard s very best It s like watching a Hitchcock movie. Partez En Croisi Re Avec Le Ma Tre Du Polar Anglais Guy Et Max, Deux V T Rans De La Premi Re Guerre Mondiale, Quittent New York Bord Du Transatlantique Empress Of Britain Dans Les Luxueuses Cabines De Premi Re Classe, Ils Font La Connaissance De La Tr S Anglaise Miss Charnwood, Et De Sa Ni Ce, Diana Celle Ci Est Non Seulement Ravissante, Mais Galement L Unique H Riti Re Du Richissime Financier International Fabian Charnwood Les Deux Hommes Entreprennent De La S Duire Afin De Mettre La Main Sur Une Partie De Sa Fortune Alors Que Leur Op Ration Semble Sur Le Point De R Ussir, Un Meurtre Vient Soudain Mettre Un Terme Tous Leurs Espoirs Et Les Plonger Dans Une Spirale Infernale Robert Goddard Nous Offre, Une Fois Encore, Un Roman Captivant O Histoire Et M Lodrame Se Conjuguent Merveille Au Fil D Une Intrigue Passionnante De Londres Venise, Cette Incursion Dans Le Monde De La Haute Finance De L Entre Deux Guerres, Et Son Implication Dans Les Affaires De L Poque, Est Un V Ritable Voyage En Premi Re Classe Pour Les Amateurs De Polars Anglais Targeting the beautiful daughter of a wealthy munitions dealer in the hopes of receiving a payoff from her father, scam artists Guy Horton and Max Wingate find their plan upset when Max really falls in love.I ve started to notice a reoccurring theme in Robert Goddard s books A theme that provides for a fascinating, intriguing story with an array of believable characters with all too human qualities They aren t always good guys but most have some redeeming qualities The crimes committed in the past always come back to haunt the protagonists in the present The Closed Circle was no exceptionbut what a story Goddard is a master story teller and writes in such beautiful prose The story sees our heroGuy stumble through twists and turns while uncovering truths that may turn out to be lies in the end This is one of Goddard s very best It s like watching a Hitchcock movie. This is the first Goddard novel I ve read, but certainly won t be the last It was cleverly crafted throughout and like all exceptional thriller writers, let you in on ideas, just before they were revealed in the novelsometimes, you are even right Definitely a good read , though the phrase does it no real justice. The cover of this book led me to believe that it was set on a transatlantic liner , but that part of it was very small Regardless of this I found the book to be a very good read, as I expected from this author The main characters were not at all likable, and the plot was a stretch of the believable, but it was excellent So many emotions were caught up in the story, and the politics of the war looked at from a different angle Such a lot went on in this book, it is hard to pinpoint any one of the different parts without giving anything away. ah, goddard, master storyteller he did it again Strong characters with solid backgrounds, a fluent narrative, combination of a love history thriller novel never dissapoints This is the continuation of my quest to read all of Robert Goddard s books in chronological order.Flawed protagonist checkMulti twisted plot checkMany layers of unraveling the solution checkMaintain interest on the part of reader checkKeep reader guessing check, although sometimes things were clearly going to happen, but how, we didn t know.Interesting historical background check this time, 1931, with the Great Depression unraveling the UK government I now want to learn about the details of this particular part of history, not least because I see many parallels in today s recession depression Also, the beginnings of WW1.As usual, Goddard sucked me in, despite his use of what feels like out of date language perhaps intentional, given the period , and characters that seem to alternate between the astute and the gullible What seems to matter is not the characters, but the details of the plot twists.On to the next one I read my first Robert Goddard novel last year after taking a chance on Sight Unseen as part of a 3 for 5 offer not that it s much of a gamble at that bargain price What a great decision that turned out to be Closed Circle is my 8th and fortunately I ve quite a few left to go at.Goddard writes a particular type of book that blends several genres including historical fiction which may or may not be in the form of flashbacks , mystery, romance, crime and thriller to name a few He has an excellent command of the English language and an incredible imagination.Closed Circle is set in 1931 and as always Goddard makes the reader believe that he was there The tale is told by Guy, who along with his partner in crime Max has lived a life of deceipt in order to con people out of their money Whilst escaping a scandal in America, they meet heiress Diana and her mother on the cruise ship carrying them home to England Guy and Max sense money to be made but of course things don t quite turn out as they expected.In keeping with all the other Goddard novels I ve read, Closed Circle is a pleasure to read and difficult to put down The experienced Goddard reader knows that whatever can go wrong will go wrong and that every character is capable of treachery I know what to expect, but as it s the unexpected I ve not tired of it yet. I skipped way too far ahead in the Goddard chronology with Long Time Coming, so I m glad to be back on track with this one Not that it matters what order you read his books in, since they don t trace the brilliant career of only one main detective special agent little old lady with knife sharp intuition Goddard gives us someone new every time, and this time it s a bad guy with a good heart I took a liking to Guy Horton.As a dirty rotten scoundrel, he s besties with partner in crime Max Wingate, but as our narrator, Guy confides freely in us than in anyone else In fact, for a professional liar, he s probably the most honest of Goddard s narrators The book s action lives up to its synopsis boys meet girl Diana Charnwood, eligible heiress , one boy loses heart to girl, other boy has to fight for life and limb in one escapade after another Fun for all In case you re thinking, Yeah, yeah, I know where it goes from there, I should tell you it doesn t necessarily As our anti hero disentangles himself from each web of lies, the story arc may well bend in a way you won t expect.The turn started gently what happened to Charnwood, what Guy overheard, what Diana did but when the journalist told Guy what he knew, my surprise was complete and bordered on incredulity Nothing in the book s blurb had prepared me for it This is with good reason if we knew from the outset what Goddard divulges on his website about the idea behind the book, it would really spoil our fun It took the completion of that turn of events for me to trust that the author knew where he was going sacrilege, I know , and that only lasted until the question, Where is H L came up.So, on it will go, Goddard spinning improbable circles around you Around page 400 you may feel like you re going around in circles, but you won t say you re not enjoying the ride By the end of it, you might even marvel at the neat way he s tied up every loose end.
In a writing career spanning than twenty years, Robert Goddard s novels have been described in many different ways mystery, thriller, crime, even historical romance He is the master of the plot twist, a compelling and engrossing storyteller and one of the best known advocates for the traditional virtues of pace, plot and narrative drive.
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- 456 pages
- Closed Circle
- Robert Goddard
- 20 November 2019 Robert Goddard