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"Lester Ferris, sergeant of the British Army, is a good man in need of a rest. He's spent a lot of his life being shot at, and Afghanistan was the last stop on his road to exhaustion. He has no family, he's nearly forty, burned out and about to be retired. The island of Mancreu is the ideal place for Lester to serve out his time: a backwater island in legal limbo, belching toxic clouds of waste, and facing imminent destruction by an international community afraid for their own safety. Although there is an illicit Black Fleet lurking in the bay, Lester's brief is to sit tight and turn a blind eye. So he makes his rounds, drinks tea, and befriends a brilliant, Internet-addled street kid with a comic-book fixation. But when Mancreu's fragile society erupts in violence, Lester must be more than just an observer: he must rediscover the man of action he once was, and find out what kind of hero the island -- and the boy -- will need." --P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Vintage, 2015
Edition: First Vintage Contemporaries Edition
ISBN: 9780804170666
Branch Call Number: FICTION HARKA
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm


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Aug 31, 2015

The first third of this book is really charming, simple and pleasant. Then it shifts genre two times, with very uneven transitions, improbable situations and a highly inappropriate ending considering the book that it started out to be. I cannot understand why this gets so much attention from the literary world. It doesn't deserve it. On the other hand, the main character is very likable.

msmigels Feb 14, 2015

"The Tiger Man, for Christ's sake! I'm living in a comic book."
A strange combination of thriller, literary fiction, and verbal "graphic novel” that whizzes past inventive toward ridiculously improbable. While mostly entertaining in classic comic book tradition (curiosity satisfied, good trumps evil, romance, an action-packed chase, etc.) , I expected more. There was just something wrong with treating a story about the moral murk that empire leaves behind, and Ferris’s emotional attachment to the boy, with the easy bombast of an adventure story for boys.

ChristchurchLib Jul 20, 2014

"Assigned to a ceremonial post in Mancreu, British consul and Afghanistan war veteran Lester Ferris is compelled to disregard widespread underworld activities while bonding with a comic-addicted youth who during a violent uprising desperately relies on him for help. By the award-winning author of Angelmaker." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/b4f6ee64-db77-4e52-b8b4-047c4a840df7?postId=68a5ce8f-6d53-453a-a4fa-045bd063b705


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