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Java Spider [Hardcover]

Geoffrey Archer
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Feb. 17 1997
A British minister is a pawn in a deadly game played out in one of the world's most explosive countries -- Indonesia. His kidnapping does not fall under British jurisdiction and the authorities in Jakarta claim that he has been seized by a guerrilla movement. But their investigation makes no progress as horrific satellite pictures of him are released on national television. The government sends one man to rescue him -- Nick Randall has served in the Far East before. He knows that nothing is as it seems in the land of masks. Greater forces are in play than even he suspects. Together with a lone woman TV reporter he penetrates a remote island, where a powder keg of armed local rebellion is threatening to explode under the repressive regime.


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“A plot constructed with devilish cunning.” -- Daily Telegraph


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“A plot constructed with devilish cunning.” -- Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Actions all around the globe May 29 2002
By snowy
Format:Paperback
Most thrillers usually have action focused on one spotlight. Java Spider have several different spotlights, all packed with fast moving action, suspenseful moments and all equally important.
Stephen Bowen, junior minister at Westminster, disappeared during his private break after concluding an important arms deal on behalf of Her Majesty's government and the Indonesian government.
A couple of days after he was missed, a minor TV news channel in London was fed video of Bowen in captivity. His kidnappers demanded the UK cancel the arms deal and denounce the Indonesian regime for oppressing the natives of Kutu.
Nick Randall, Special Branch, and Charlotte Cavendish, news reporter, found themselves on their way to the far east. Meanwhile, the SIS agent in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, and those investigating in London, found clues that this was more than a mere publicity stunt by Kutuans. Big money is involved, very big money involving highly placed government officials.
The author did a good job in narrating the background in the Far East and developing the threads of events in different continents.
Nonetheless, the climax of finally locating the kidnapped minister was a big let down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Actions all around the globe May 29 2002
By snowy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Most thrillers usually have action focused on one spotlight. Java Spider have several different spotlights, all packed with fast moving action, suspenseful moments and all equally important.
Stephen Bowen, junior minister at Westminster, disappeared during his private break after concluding an important arms deal on behalf of Her Majesty's government and the Indonesian government.
A couple of days after he was missed, a minor TV news channel in London was fed video of Bowen in captivity. His kidnappers demanded the UK cancel the arms deal and denounce the Indonesian regime for oppressing the natives of Kutu.
Nick Randall, Special Branch, and Charlotte Cavendish, news reporter, found themselves on their way to the far east. Meanwhile, the SIS agent in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, and those investigating in London, found clues that this was more than a mere publicity stunt by Kutuans. Big money is involved, very big money involving highly placed government officials.
The author did a good job in narrating the background in the Far East and developing the threads of events in different continents.
Nonetheless, the climax of finally locating the kidnapped minister was a big let down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faking a honeymoon with someone you don't know Feb. 8 2005
By Rennie Petersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Java Spider" is an international thriller set in London and on a fictitious Indonesian island. Author Geoffrey Archer, who has experience from that part of the world, writes vivid accounts of how the repressive forces in Indonesia crush dissident movements. East Timor is mentioned as an example, and this book was published two years before the independence referendum in 1999 that resulted in an Indonesian scorched earth campaign that practically destroyed that country.

So the setting for "Java Spider" is scary to start with, and the vile events that take place and the descriptions of the "bad guys" add to the threatening mood of the book.

The story is about a British government Minister who is kidnapped in Indonesia, and then mistreated in an attempt to force the British government to do what the kidnappers want. But it's not clear who the kidnappers are, and there are hints of corruption in high places back in London.

A thriller needs one or more "good guys", and these roles are filled by Nick Randall and Charlotte (Charlie) Cavendish. Nick is a police detective with Scotland Yard and a former Army man with Far East experience. Charlie is a young but very ambitious reporter for a small London TV station.

The things I look for in a thriller are a good (believable) story set in an interesting environment, i.e., an environment that I can learn something about that I didn't know before. And I want the characters in the story, both the good guys and the bad guys, to resemble real people.

"Java Spider" meets my desires on all of these points. Especially the environment (Indonesia) and the characters are good. Nick and Charlie, the classical odd couple, are likeable and flawed, just like real people.

Only the story is a bit of a letdown. It's very exciting, high marks for that, but not very realistic or believable.

A high point in the story is when Nick and Charlie pretend they're newlyweds on their honeymoon, despite the fact that they don't really know each other (yet). Anything to confuse the opposition!

In summary, I liked "Java Spider" and am looking forward to reading more of Geoffrey Archer's thrillers.

Rennie Petersen
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