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posted by Mooseo on September 24, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.
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It is evident that author Kim Fay knows Cambodia and Southeast Asia very well. Her descriptions of the culture and landscape are captivating and I found myself re-reading many passages, adjusting the greens here, the smell of the streets there. Her main character, Irene Blum, has been passed over for a deserved promotion and heads off to Cambodia to find some historical scrolls. Her motivation is really to show everyone that she has the chops as a woman in 1925, to do so. And she does have the chops. But this is where the novel became a bit disjointed for me. Lush travelogue or adventure escapade? Fay attempts both and she succeeds with lush travelogue. The adventure scenes are well written, and there is a back story that begs to be told as a prequel as well as a an opening for a sequel. By the last part of the novel, the adventure flows and meshes with the surroundings. Fay throws in a bit of moral debate regarding the rightful owners of such undiscovered antiquities that is well placed and thought provoking. I look forward to Fay's continued development of what I hope is a series of Ms. Blum's adventures.
posted by hfineisen on August 24, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 13, 2013
A good travel book
[ FTC rules: I recieved this book as a giveaway from GOODREADS and the publisher Random House. All opinions are 100% mine]
This book is a great travel book. Kim Fay's descriptions are wonderful. Unfortunately, her characters are insipid. The book should have been called: "The Manipulator ", as the person that "hires" Irene either buys, steals or is related to most of the characters that populate his life and this book.
I am a big mystery reader, but I found that I just didn't care if they ever found the artifacts, or made it back to wherever they came from. There us a lot of drinking and some violence in this book, and you are lead to believe that it's important to the story. It is not.
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Posted June 8, 2013
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