The Long Earth
The astonishing, first-hand account of an unknown chapter in the infamous history of the Mafia. Mafialand is a revelatory and dramatic true-life thriller spanning much of the twentieth century, a page-turning chronicle of an elaborate Mafia plan to 'invade' Europe using 1960s London as a... show more
The astonishing, first-hand account of an unknown chapter in the infamous history of the Mafia. Mafialand is a revelatory and dramatic true-life thriller spanning much of the twentieth century, a page-turning chronicle of an elaborate Mafia plan to 'invade' Europe using 1960s London as a bridgehead.The capital city of the Swinging Sixties was also a world of gambling, guns and gangsters. Several veterans of the era are astonished that they survived it and some feel protected enough -- now that most of the killers are themselves dead -- to reveal to bestselling author Douglas Thompson the details and secrets of one of history's greatest criminal conspiracies, and of how world-champion boxer Freddie Mills really died.Mafialand (previously published as Shadowland) recounts events from the viewpoint of the pawns as well as the kingmakers. Brutal, terrifying and intrigue-packed, it is an account of the Mob's Machiavellian global manipulation of governments and officials. All the big players of Mob history are here, controlled by the gangster genius Meyer Lansky, but so are the hit men, the fixers, the hoodlums and the wiseguys.
Publish date: May 9th 2013
Pages no: 424
Edition language: English
Series: The Long Earth (#1)
Series: The Long Earth #1 Narrated by Michael Fenton-Stevens For some reason I enjoyed this more as an audiobook than when I read it for the first time in print (that experience only merited 3 stars). I was entertained, and it started to feel more like Terry Pratchett had crammed all of his life...
Well, I can't say as I'd ever pick up another book in this series, but I *did* enjoy this book.I haven't read a lot of Pratchett or Baxter, so I had no true standards or expectations going into it. I think that helped.The one big thing that bothers me about The Long Earth is that it... rambles. You ...
This feels more like Stephen Baxter listened in on Terry Pratchett mumbling his ideas with his ear to a glass as opposed to them being in the same room together. I tried my hardest to like it; Pratchett is my favourite author and his Discworld series are undeniably beautiful. Disappointing, but when...
The storyline of "The Long Earth" was fairly simple, but the underlying meaning of it was as deep and infinite as you can imagine. The concept that there could be parallel earths and what that really means actually kept me up at night. Just thinking about the possibilities... The problems... The rea...
3.5Though it feels in many parts like an awkward blend of The Hitch-hiker's Guide and The Time Machine, but lacking in Adams' trademark humour and oddities (and Pratchett's, come to think of it) The Long Earth is still an interesting read. Focusing on ideas rather than plot has been pretty unusual i...