Editorial Reviews. Review. Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize- winning author of After so many years of ebook availability, I feel it is about time for publishers to overcome these seemingly trivial challenge First, the pages of. Editorial Reviews. Review. Shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger . After so many years of ebook availability, I feel it is about time for publishers to overcome these seemingly trivial challenge First, the pages of. Read "Cobra" by Deon Meyer available from Rakuten Kobo. From the author of Thirteen Hours - A Sunday Times ' best crime novels and thrillers since ' .
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Kobra (ePub) | Crime & Thriller. Deon Meyer. Human & Rousseau. Capt. Bennie Griessel is first on the scene of the bloodbath – in the guesthouse on a beautiful. Deon Meyer is an internationally acclaimed, prize-winning author of six crime novels, Cobra. Benny Griessel (Series). Book 4. Deon Meyer Author (). Cobra | A riveting thriller from the acclaimed "King of South African crime" Deon Meyer is a world-class writer whose page-turning thrillers.
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Un plot denso e complesso, con dettagli curati. Un intreccio che crea tensione in crescendo, con colpi di scena. Personaggi robusti, ben costruiti, ben raccontati, non banali. View all 4 comments. Oct 15, Phrynne rated it really liked it Shelves: The most notable thing with this book was the quality of the writing - so, so good! And since it is a translation points must go to both the author and the translator.
I love the way certain Afrikaans phrases are left in the English text. They give it atmosphere and constantly remind the reader that you are in a country with very specific cultural issues. Meyer's books vary as to the balance of police procedural versus action thriller.
This one leans heavily towards procedure and it is a delight The most notable thing with this book was the quality of the writing - so, so good! This one leans heavily towards procedure and it is a delight to watch the varied cast of characters working as a team to come up with results.
Of course there is action and a pretty high body count as well! Benny is a fantastic character and after four books I am coming to know him well. He has a grip on his alcoholism now although it is a perpetual concern for him and by the end of this book he seems to have his private life sorted.
Best of all was watching him in charge of the whole team and managing their way to success. A really good book from a talented author and I have the next one all ready on my shelf: He dreams of hitting it rich and one day travelling to Barcelona: Within minutes the door bursts open and the guards are killed, Tyrone loses his backpack while fleeing for his Life.
Here we have an academic who suddenly has a false passport? Risking their careers, the flamboyant Cupido, himself a Cape coloured, the recovering alcoholic Griessel, and the short stout Zulu Mbali, pistol in her handbag and highly intelligent, press on to find the professor and the killers, pulling together as never before.
A vetgat, windgat and a dronkgat. The fat, the vain, and the drunk. He was chunky and hairy — short beard and moustache, hair growing out of his ears, hair out of his nose, hair that pushed out from under the collar of his grey pullover, like plants reaching for light. View all 3 comments. Sep 25, Yigal Zur rated it really liked it.
Sep 12, switterbug Betsey rated it it was amazing. South African Deon Meyer is the putative giant of second-tier thrillers but he should be first-tier!
He stays consistently at the top of my pile of crime fiction literature, and never fails to pull me in with his muscular prose and taut, thrilling plot lines, the kind of narrative that usually takes place in a narrow period of time and with a lot at stake. Meyer has hit on the global zeitgeist of crime in his latest book, placing technology at the center of the plot. It is also fun watching Luddite Benny Griessel struggling to get a handle on 21st century telecommunications.
Meyer, while keeping pace with progress, nails down the importance of creating rich characters to engage readers. He doesn't rely on technology alone to fasten us to the story. The first pages open with murder and abduction, with the Hawks South Africa's top police investigating the bloody mess at a remote guesthouse.
Captain Griessel lines up a team to chase down the killer and the kidnapped. The next chapter introduces us to a petty pickpocket named Tyrone, who is trying to help his sister, Nadia, pay for university. We don't know how Tyrone figures into the multiple-homicide case, but Meyer seamlessly provides a juncture for the disparate threads to connect and catapult the story in thicker and more dangerous territory. Meyer is expert at enriching the story while moving forward vertically.
For new readers, the author blends in enough for you to know that Griessel is a recovering alcoholic, and providing some backstory for his current circumstances. Although Benny is a tough, strong guy with plenty of mettle, the veteran detective has some burning issues that cause him to question aspects of his nature. Meyer has created a believable, long-suffering character in Benny.
I first met her in Thirteen Hours, a memorable character who is both sympathetic and, in the latter book, periodically the brunt of a joke. However, when it comes to fighting crime, she is a force to be reckoned with, a crackerjack detective who is decisive, authoritative, and morally unequivocal.
I'd like to see Meyer write a series of books with Kaleni as the primary protagonist. If you are already a fan, your expectations will be amply met; you'll be addicted from the first page. And, the answer to all COBRA's questions aren't guaranteed until the very last page, which keeps you guessing. Meyer is at his peak without being over-the-top! And the Glossary at the back of the book is not only edifying, but enjoyable. View 2 comments.
Weer eens 'n uitstekende Meyer-spanningsverhaal! Die naelbyt-aksie, die aktuele kwessies en die boeiende karakters maak dit 'n eensitboek: Ek reken steeds dat Infanta koning kraai in Meyer-land, met Onsigbaar so 'n kortkop agter, maar Kobra is 'n waardige toevoeging tot Meyer se al hoe indrukwekkender oeuvre.
Kobra is an excellent new suspence novel by Deon Meyer. While those of us who can read Afrikaans rave a little gloatingly, his other fans need to wait for the tra Weer eens 'n uitstekende Meyer-spanningsverhaal! While those of us who can read Afrikaans rave a little gloatingly, his other fans need to wait for the translations to stream forth. I'm sure the translators are already slaving away with great joy.
Sep 16, Carol rated it it was ok Shelves: It's an intricate South African plot and the language is mostly Afrikaans. Apparently there was a glossary at the back of the book, which would have been helpful. Most of my GR friends gave this 5 stars so I know it's about me View all 5 comments. Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards?
And where is he, now that they are dead? The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications.
It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too. As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi Relentlessly suspenseful, topical, hard-hitting and richly rewarding, Cobra is a superb novel from an author who is acclaimed around the world as a brilliant voice in crime fiction.
Another audio book from my library and nearly thirteen hours invested in listening to this one. Time well spent in my opinion, as I enjoyed the narration in addition to being sucked into the mystery at the heart of this. It starts quite slowly with the minute forensic examination of a murder scene where three bodyguards have been executed and their charge, an English professor has gone missing. The professor had been developing a financial algorithm which could enable the banks to track dirty money.
However the banks and politicians were somewhat reluctant to put this technology to use, fearing embarrassment at the exposure of some malfeasance on their behalf. Our professor, not easily cowed pressed on with his work and thus made himself a target. There's a few different strands to the book and I enjoyed all of them. There's the investigation, a slow unpicking of the facts, a reluctance of the British authorities to divulge too much information about our missing professor but a keen interest in wanting to know what the investigative team have uncovered.
With the cops themselves there's a main focus on Benny Griessel, an alcoholic detective and a relic of the old SA police force. We have Griessel's struggle to maintain sobriety while juggling his work around a new found love. A relationship fraught with danger as his partner is also a recovering alcoholic.
We also have the team around Griessel, his bosses and fellow officers each with their own skills and boundaries. There's also a seemingly separate story line running through the book concerning a young pickpocket who steals in order to support his sister through university. Murder, kidnapping, financial corruption, British intelligence, South African security services, political interference in the investigation, alcoholism, love, a pick-pocket and his family, a team of assassins, more death, a memory card, an opportunity, a game of cat and mouse, an outcome.
I really enjoyed all of it. There's the topical nature of financial corruption, there's a look at South Africa post-Apartheid, there's a few personal stories running in tandem with an investigation into murder. There's also an element of danger throughout and the story of an underdog presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I liked the setting, I enjoyed reading about the characters and the minutiae of their lives. There's a reasonable pace, after a slow-ish start, which I didn't mind, with a steady increase in urgency and a big build up of tension towards the inevitable climax, which didn't disappoint.
I think the only downside with audio is that I'm sketchy on details regarding names when trying to pen a few thoughts as much for my own benefit when looking back as for anyone else. Read in October, ok listened to Published - Page count - pages 12 hours 45 minutes listening time Source - downloadd copy probably when on a free trial with Audible Format - audio - listened to on laptop https: Apr 14, Skip rated it it was amazing Shelves: Two bodyguards and a hotel worker are killed, and their charge a Cambridge University professor involved in detecting terrorist financing goes missing.
Captain Benny Griessel, now part of the elite Hawks corps of the South African Police Service is called to investigate, and quickly determines the involvement of a professional killer. Shell casings marked with a cobra are linked to an assassin for hire by Interpol. Meanwhile, a young pickpocket Tyrone trying to support his sister, unknowin Two bodyguards and a hotel worker are killed, and their charge a Cambridge University professor involved in detecting terrorist financing goes missing.
Meanwhile, a young pickpocket Tyrone trying to support his sister, unknowingly steals the ransom, leading to another killing spree. But Tyrone is angered by their kidnapping of his innocent sister, and he goes off to settle things himself. Another excellent one by this South African author, relatively unknown here in the U.
Highly recommended. Aug 24, Polly rated it really liked it.
Captain Benny Griessel, is the main protagonist in Cobra. He is brilliant, troubled and battling alcoholism. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Letteratura di pura evasione certo, ma scritta con mestiere, ma anche con profondo affetto per la propria giovane e complicata terra. Immagino che Meyer abbia goduto tanissimo a trattare il suo personaggio come bambolina woodoo dell'odiato fischietto.
Deon Meyer se boeke is amazing, en Kobra is een van my gunstelinge. Die karakters is almal volrond met unieke stemme, soveel so dat jy hulle mis aan die einde van die boek. Ek het veral die cape flat stemme van uncle Solly, Tyrone en Cupido geniet. Never trust a phone company that makes fridges, pappie.
Sy beskrywing van Kaapstad en omgewing laat mens ook sommer voel of jy daar is. It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too. As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi. Shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger, COBRA is a relentlessly suspenseful, topical and richly rewarding novel from an author who is acclaimed around the world as a brilliant voice in crime fiction.
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