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The Night of Knives Paperback – Aug 7 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback (Aug. 7 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340896108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340896105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,085,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9850a798) out of 5 stars 70 reviews
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9851254c) out of 5 stars Full of suspense - I couldn't put it down June 20 2012
By Mindy - Published on
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This was a fantastic book. You really get a feel for the plight of the characters and what daily life is like for many African citizens. In fact, there is enough historical accuracy to almost make you think the book could have been based on a true story. It's graphic, but not in a senseless gore, horror movie kind of way. But I wouldn't recommend it for someone with a delicate conscience for that sort of thing. This book is full of action and suspense, and it really keeps you wanting more. I think it would make a fantastic movie -- in fact, I'd be surprised if someone hadn't already snatched up the movie rights! There are so many twists and turns, surprises and suspense-filled moments.

If I had anything negative to say about this book, it's that twice the author called the character "Jacob" by a different name: once "Erik" and once "Erid". And I wish it could have ended differently for a couple characters (I can't say more than that without giving too much away). But overall, I highly recommend this book!
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98512798) out of 5 stars Great read, The night of knives. May 2 2011
By G Sanderson - Published on
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Having read invisible armies by jon evans i have been searching for another of his books. This one does not disappoint. Great pace from start to finish, plot is great and the scenes are set well. WOuld recommend to anyone looking for a good thrilling adventure.
21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985129d8) out of 5 stars Disappointed Nov. 27 2012
By sopeach - Published on
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This book seemed like a good adventure story and it was a free download. It actually was pretty good to begin with, but becomes too violent for my taste. If you don't mind blood, gore, and lots of profanity you might like this book.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By DJE - Published on
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Sometimes when I read a book, I can visualize the author sitting there in front of Word, shaking his (or her) head in despair, and muttering, `I can't believe I have to write two hundred more pages of this.'

This is such a book.

Reading this after Evans's exceptional Blood Price was an enormous disappointment. It starts strongly, but pretty soon degenerates into a bunch of cardboard characters wearily colouring in a paint-by-numbers plot.

Speaking of the plot: It's terrible. No, really. If Night of the Knives was a movie, it would be MST3K'd. There were points in the book when the sheer ludicrousness of a new revelation or twist made me laugh out loud. It just doesn't make sense. In a well-written book, like Blood Price, the events are results of the interactions between and personalities of the characters. In this book, unfortunately, the strings that the author uses to guide the characters around the stage are glaringly visible. Most of it is a linear sequence of "the characters go here so that Important Event A can happen, then they go there so that they can see Important Event B happen, then ...". Yawn. The motivation of the main character, Veronica, made no sense at all. The actions of the others were equally suspect. After the compellingly drawn characters in Blood Price, this was a major letdown.

Night of the Knives is a lazily written walk down an overly familiar road to a tiresomely predictable destination. Avoid! But make sure you read Blood Price. It's really good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98512a50) out of 5 stars The Night of Knives March 22 2015
By johnchris - Published on
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This is a fantastic thriller. The author has an extensive knowledge of the culture and geopolitics of Africa. A lot of the action is brutal and truly horrifying. The danger never let's up and there are some surprises that the reader doesn't see coming. This book is beautiful, thrilling, poignant, and horrifying. I highly recommend it!

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