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The author of the book: Eric Ambler
ISBN: 0425088944
ISBN 13: 9780425088944
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 737 KB
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Reader ratings: 3.2
Edition: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date of issue: June 1st 1981

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Eric Ambler wrote his first novel, The Dark Frontier, in 1936. His last was The Care Of Time, published in 1981, when he was aged 72.

I didn’t realise this fact when I read the book, but with hindsight I wonder if it explains my need for matchsticks each night (there could be other reasons, of course).

Ambler certainly had a talent for making a modest cameo stretch to a full-length feature, but I think in this instance the plot was too thin to begin with, and as such became rather tenuous, and pedestrian and repetitive, when action and scene changes were called for.

Like many of his books the subject matter is ambitious (an oil sheik building a secret nuclear bunker in Austria) and not a little perspicacious (when talk of chemical warfare suddenly rears its ugly head). That said, I felt in this case it lacked his usual ring of gritty authenticity.

Ambler’s protagonist is generally a bumbling amateur that finds himself entangled with professional crooks; here in The Care Of Time the ‘hero’ is more competent (and strangely successful with an attractive member of the opposite sex).

I got this book as part of a trilogy, ‘free’ with my Amazon Prime membership, so I can’t complain. But my recommendation would be that, just like it was Ambler’s last, to observe the same protocol and read his others first.

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Ebook The Care of Time read Online! Eric Ambler began his writing career in the early 1930s, and quickly established a reputation as a thriller writer of extraordinary depth and originality. He is often credited as the inventor of the modern political thriller and John Le Carre once described him as 'the source on which we all draw.'

Ambler began his working life at an engineering firm, then as a copywriter at an advertising agency, while in his spare time he worked on his ambition to become a playwright. His first novel was published in 1936 and as his reputation as a novelist grew he turned to writing full time. During the war he was seconded to the Army Film Unit, where he wrote, among other projects, The Way Ahead with Peter Ustinov.

He moved to Hollywood in 1957 and during his eleven years there scripted some memorable films, including A Night to Remember and The Cruel Sea, which won him an Oscar nomination.

In a career spanning over sixty years, Eric Ambler wrote nineteen novels and was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Passage of Arms in 1960. He was married to Joan Harrison, who wrote or co-wrote many of Alfred Hitchcock's screenplays - in fact Hitchcock organized their wedding. Eric Ambler died in London in October 1998.

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Bogus! You could have done better.


Masterpiece! Masterpiece! Masterpiece! Just an incredibly scary, deep and interesting book, penetration to shivers!


There are some interesting pages


Why do I need to specify a phone number?


The book caused contradictory feelings!

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