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Jun 16, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: lawrence-block , read-have. Evan Tanner is a most unusual character, even for Block. Tanner survived the Korean War, but returned with a bit of sharpnel lodged in his brain, specifically in his sleep center. Therefore, he never sleeps — ever. What does he do with all his time? Well, he has learned a smattering of just about every language and he has joined just about every group supporting every lost cause that could ever be imagined, whether its Macedonian independence, Lithuanian independence, Free the Whales, the IRA, an Evan Tanner is a most unusual character, even for Block.
Well, he has learned a smattering of just about every language and he has joined just about every group supporting every lost cause that could ever be imagined, whether its Macedonian independence, Lithuanian independence, Free the Whales, the IRA, and, of course, as relevant to this particular story, Free Quebec. His contacts with all of these independence and subversive groups gives Tanner contacts all over the world, contacts he has memorized in his incredible mind. It also leads to trouble because foreign governments are often uncomfortable with his membership in some of these groups.
Tanner sort of works for a secretive government organization, sort of like the CIA, but not. These books are sardonic, witty, and filled with humour. It is interesting to read about all of these groups trying to get independence when decades later, the Iron Curtain has fallen and been smashed into smithereens and many of the formerly Soviet Block countries are now free and independent.
This, the fifth book in the series, takes Mr. In tow with him is the impish girl, Minna, a Lithuanian princess, who, if the world was differently ordered, would be heir to the throne of that medieval kingdom. Of all the borders Tanner has crossed over the years, the Canadian border proves, strangely enough, to be one of he most difficult for him, given his membership in certain subversive organizations.
Of course, the tale wouldn't be complete without a French-speaking nymphomaniac who just happens to be an absolute knockout, the Queen of England, and a fortune in illicit heroin.
The bottom line is that this is a terrific, funny read, more in the vein of Bernie Rhodenbarr than anything else by Block. A lot of fun to read, and certainly not to be taken too seriously.
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Nov 02, Greg rated it really liked it. Book five of the glorious Evan Tanner series is a riotous mix of fun, laughter, suspense and education from start to finish. The reader once more falls in paternal love with little Manny right from the opening chapter and what a delight she is to grace the screens of kindles everywhere as we race through this book. But on his first attempt Ta Book five of the glorious Evan Tanner series is a riotous mix of fun, laughter, suspense and education from start to finish.
But on his first attempt Tanner is deported straight from the Canadian airport and back to New York. Hence the trip to Buffalo via good but incompetent friend Jerzy Pryeshweski, longstanding and faithful member of the movement to free Poland. By the end of chapter three, the sweet little angel is asleep at a bus station in Buffalo, Jerzy almost suffers a nervous breakdown, and Evan finds himself hiding behind three different daily newspapers each and every time a local member of the constabulary shows their face. The obligatory supporting characters get stronger with each volume of this zany and highly entertaining series.
She is of course, a member of the local political activist group, who in the name of freedom for Quebec, plan a truly outrageous act which will bring the world down on them quicker than butter melts in the desert. So not only does Tanner have to save the day when it comes to common sense and international diplomacy, he also still needs to correct a serious and equally catastrophic wrong, which occurred earlier in the book. As i have said earlier, I am a huge fan of this series. The Tanner books are fun, zany, educational escapades into history that in many respects, still resonate with the world we find ourselves in today.
This volume is worthy of a very solid four star rating. That one was pure gold.
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This one is in line for a silver medal. BFN Greggorio! Jan 26, Glenn Younger rated it liked it. Book five in the Evan Tanner series wasn't as strong as the others. If Goodread's would let me, I'd give it a 3. Once again, Evan Tanner's particular gift of improvising his haphazard way through the labyrinth of a problem is put to full use as he juggles another illegal border crossing of the sixties this time in Canada , kidnappings, various fringe political groups with insane plots to further their hopeless causes, being chased by the authorities, and the inevitable lighthearted ro Book five in the Evan Tanner series wasn't as strong as the others.
Once again, Evan Tanner's particular gift of improvising his haphazard way through the labyrinth of a problem is put to full use as he juggles another illegal border crossing of the sixties this time in Canada , kidnappings, various fringe political groups with insane plots to further their hopeless causes, being chased by the authorities, and the inevitable lighthearted romantic encounter with an entirely unsuitable woman driven by strong sexual desires. All formulaic Evan Tanner. Even the quick dialogue is back after the oriental break in book four, which added to the fun.
There were, however, two things missing for me in the story that kept it from being a solid five star fluffy read. The first had to do with Tanner's hallucinogenic thoughts, which I temporarily blamed on the heroin. Could some of it somehow have gotten into his bloodstream when he transferred it to the smaller bags taped into his jacket?
Or was there another factor yet to be revealed? I read on happily convinced that when the reason behind their runaway chaos finally came to light, it would be irreverently fun.
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Sigh of disappointment. The explanation never came. It was the ending that created the second void and left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied with the story. Too much was glossed over in a recap explanation that kept me as a reader at arm's length. I never got the satisfaction of seeing Tanner coming out of the adventure with credits to his name or, at the very least, witness the confusion on the part of the U. Instead, the story kind of petered out with him living a bit in Okay, I'll stop here so I don't ruin it for anyone reading this review.
All in all, though, it was still a good story along the lines of Evan Tanner's other adventures and I'm eager to read the next installment in the series.
May 03, Ed rated it liked it Shelves: espionage , action , humor. This entry continues the saga of Evan Tanner who has been unable to sleep since incurring a brain injury during the Korean War. Circumstances conspire to send him to the Montreal World's Fair with his ward Minna but while visiting the Cuban exhibit, to scratch an itch his mysterious supervisor has, Minna disappears.
The implausibility of the plot is beside the point, all of Tanner is implausible. But, this entry has a jerky flow to it and doesn't present as smo 5 in the Evan Tanner series. But, this entry has a jerky flow to it and doesn't present as smooth a narrative as Tanner's prior adventures.
Dec 27, Rob Smith, Jr.
xn--80adfeaarc5bmcwhkmd0fg8db.xn--p1ai/wp-content/map1.php This is a very well written book and very interesting, too. Mostly due to the narrative around the story. The story itself doesn't make a lot of sense. The believably factor that a "spy" takes a phone call and dashes off with no indication of support financially or otherwise into what could be a dangerous situation makes this book hard to accept. Block does little to support the notion that Tanner is a spy to begin with.
Even throughout the book there is little that gives background as to the spy This is a very well written book and very interesting, too. Even throughout the book there is little that gives background as to the spy premise. There's also the whole issue of Tanner having a little girl who he's torn about keeping. How'd he get her without some formal process?
There's a weird angle of Tanner supposedly on a mission to fight people that he consistently claims support for. I never got the feeling the bad guys were as bad as the one Tanner sympathies with. Clearly Block has socialist to communist viewpoints toward government, which might explain why the story is so flimsy as to just what on earth Tanner is working toward or for.
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Outside of the core story are wonderfully written asides and other pieces that I found only made the book worthwhile. Characters are standard to weak. Settings, important throughout the story are also weakly written. Bottom line: I don't recommend this book. Another Block creation, called Evan Tanner, whose sleep function has been destroyed by a head injury he picked up in the Korean war. Somehow Tanner plans on getting out of this alive, and hopefully with the girl too Apr 01, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction-historicalce. This book might as well be a message in a bottle or a sealed time capsule of some kind; the mental universe that Tanner inhabits is so foreign to me.
The treatment of women is dismissive and cavalier, although the protagonist clearly adores Minna and is raising her to be self-reliant and smart. I am trying very hard to be generous about the use of African-Americans as plot points, but it is really hard.
The plot, such as it is, does not have nearly enough mixed-up-ness or use of Tanner's lunatic This book might as well be a message in a bottle or a sealed time capsule of some kind; the mental universe that Tanner inhabits is so foreign to me. And there's very little attention paid to his sleeplessness, which was always a fascinating device, and I am surprised by how much I miss it. Block's Tanner series is probably an acquired taste. I classify them as quirky-humorous-espionage. Tanner is an ex-CIA agent who can't sleep - literally.