Fault Line

Fault Line The new race against the clock thriller from the master of the triple cross Not all scars are visible Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglo

  • Title: Fault Line
  • Author: Robert Goddard
  • ISBN: 9780593065211
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • The new race against the clock thriller from the master of the triple cross Not all scars are visible Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who haThe new race against the clock thriller from the master of the triple cross Not all scars are visible Jonathan Kellaway needs no reminding of that on the verge of his retirement from china clay conglomerate Intercontinental Kaolins The company has left its mark in pits and spoil heaps around the world But it has also left a no less enduring mark on some of those who have worked for it, Kellaway included Its past, as well as its future, is a treacherous place So Kellaway is surprised when IK s founder and former chairman, Greville Lashley, sets him a final task before he quits The academic hired by the board to write the company s history has discovered a gap covering several years in the records of the small Cornish china clay outfit Lashley started with and where Kellaway also began his career He is despatched to Cornwall to learn what has become of the missing documents But the search is a voyage into dangerous waters A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Kellaway s youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies and misfortunes that blighted those years It is a truth that has claimed several victims before If he pursues it hard and long enough, he may only add himself to the list But pursue it he must Because the truth, he belatedly realizes, is the secret that has consumed his life This time this last time he will not stop Until he has found it.

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    1. A good story well told.I suppose one could say much the same about most of Robert Goddard's books. He has written more than twenty novels in the same genre, and with very few exceptions each one is as good as the last. And the exceptions are generally those where Goddard breaks from the formula, which he seems to have perfected - a mystery in the past which affects characters in the present. The story is about a family firm, Walter Wren & Co that mines china clay in St Austell, Cornwall. It [...]

    2. As always, Robert Goddard gives us a beautifully written and intriguing tale. Fault Line begins in Cornwall, a favourite setting, amongst the china clay pits. |Jonathan Kellaway is on the verge of retiring form a huge international China Clay company when he is obliged to search for missing documents that appear stolen from the old records but that prove a vital link to many family secrets of the firm's founders. RG is one of those story tellers whose work grips one from start to finish - such a [...]

    3. This is one of Robert Goddards better books. He is such a good story teller but sometimes you feel that the tale has got too tortuous for it's own good. This one had just the right amount of mystery and action to keep you totally hooked right to the end. I really liked it.

    4. Goddard is a true master of plotting, character, suspense, and surprise by whom I’ve enjoyed nearly 20 other books, after first discovering him in a 2008 Paste magazine feature with Stephen King, who made an unqualified endorsement of Goddard’s books. Fault Line is one of Goddard's best books. Goddard’s books are usually set in rural Britain with plots that also take his characters to such Mediterranean locales as Capri and Rhodes. Like Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer novels, such as The Zeb [...]

    5. I have no idea why I obtained this book in the first place, having never read any of Goddard's books, even though he is a prolific author. Perhaps it's because his books are not widely available in the U.S. Nevertheless, I was glad I got my hands on this one. It is a well written, suspenseful, novel that caught me up to the point that I finished it in 3 days. The story-line jumps between the late 1960s, 1984, and 2010 as the protagonist, Jonathan Kellaway narrates the history of his relationship [...]

    6. Goddard is back on target. A straight mystery thriller without the history lessons that have tended to bog down too many of his books.This one reads like a fast-paced movie and not once did I pick it up and think "O.M.G. I've gotta try to get back into this!"

    7. I found this book a thoroughly engrossing read. I took it with me when I was out of town for five days, thinking, given its 500-page length, that it would last me for the entire trip; however, it engaged me so much that I finished it in two days. The story begins when the president of a company that has a monopoly in the china clay industry calls on an employee who is nearing retirement to investigate a series of missing files. The employee is Jonathan Kellaway, who has a long history with the p [...]

    8. A very satisfying mystery thriller. I enjoy Goddard's writing and would rate this as one of his best.The central character, Jonathan Kellaway, is on the brink of retirement after a long career with a multi-national company. His final task is to locate some missing documents to assist a historian writing the company history. And so begins the story, which weaves between 1968 and 2010 and is set mainly in St Austell & Capri - knowledge of these areas might enhance your enjoyment.I find that Go [...]

    9. With the completion of this book, I have now read every Robert Goddard novel and apart from the odd disappointing exception, they have all been reliable page turners. Many I've read are solid 4 stars, most of the rest 3.5s and so I would definitely recommend him to those who enjoy thrillers - my favourites have been those with a historical slant. He is definitely the master of the twist and turn. I need him to write another one soon!'Faultline' features the typical Goddard hero ie. an ordinary m [...]

    10. It seems like a simple assignment with unlikely success, but the request to try and find several years worth of missing documents for his employer takes Johathan Kellaway into a past that he’d prefer not to re-visit. Forced to confront deaths, lost loves, and other tragedies that occurred during those years, he reluctantly finds himself picking up the threads to mysteries he’s not sure he wants to solve. As he comes closer to finding the papers and unraveling the stories, he realizes his own [...]

    11. My first Robert Goddard book and it gets three and a half stars. The plot was very interesting and complex at times in the way it was weaved. Good characterisation and a decent little twist at the end means I will definitely try another of his books.

    12. I love Robert Goddard's thrillers and this was enjoyable but the journey was definitely more worthwhile than the destination. Ultimately rather disappointing.

    13. Eager to go to bed every night to finish this book. I even found myself carving out time in the day to get more. I liked the characters, settings and writing style.

    14. Very elaborate layers expertly woven and well written - I really didn't want to put this down at the end of each chapter. Kept me up later than usual. Good read.

    15. I have just got round to reviewing this book- what can I say Robert Goddard pulls it out of the bag every time.I ensure for every holiday I have a Robert Goddard with me. He is the king of twists, turns and intrigue.This book I read in a day you cannot put his books down. Jonathan Kellaway,  has what he thinks is his farewell chat with his boss and then to go to retirement after serving his long career with a multi-national company. But there is just one think to do  is to source some missing [...]

    16. This year at Harrogate, Robert Goddard chairs Master of the pasts dark secrets, so I tried to find out a bit more about him I have read his novel Fault Line published 29th March 2012. As a historical exercise it could have been written at any time as it followed a trouble shooter throughout his early life through to the end of the mystery. It reminded me a lot of John Le Carre and George Smiley his main protagonist, it was an enjoyable story which relied upon a lot of flash backs, a lot went on [...]

    17. Back to his best. Or close to.Very happy to finally read a book by Robert Goddard that pleased me tremendously. The plot was good. The final twist satisfying leaving no loose ends. The romance in the book sad but thoroughly touching. A return to form after so many recent disappointments. Not reaching the heights of his earliest books, which I consider some of the best historical romantic fiction ever written, but a very good read. The book has made me re-look at some of his recent offerings in t [...]

    18. A good story which traces the fortunes of Jonathon Kellaway at three critical times and his working and sometimes personal relationship with the Wren family. The story examines the impact of past history on the present and kept me intrigued all the way.

    19. Tills sanningen segrar, 2012:Andlös spänning är en överdrift, men trivsamt sällskap i Cornwall och Neapel, är det absolut.

    20. I always like discovering the work of a new author, regardless of how I come across them. When the name of Robert Goddard entered my consciousness, I was happy to give him a try, as whilst Robert Goddard may be new to me, he certainly isn't new to publishing, as "Fault Line" is his 23rd novel.The story opens in 2010 when Jonathan Kellaway, about to retire from his job at International Kaolins, is tasked with one final job by the long serving head of the company, Greville Lashley. Lashley has ask [...]

    21. Fault Line : Robert Goddard (audio book)*The first couple of summaries I read led me to believe this was going to be a corporate thriller but it wasn't the case at all, or rather the machinations to do with the Cornish Clay Industry were simply a carriage for the family saga. While family sagas are not normally my cup of tea, I enjoyed the way Goddard moulded his characters and evoked the sensual, physical flavour of Capri and Naples. I was disappointed to feel nothing however from his descripti [...]

    22. Jonathan Kellaway takes a summer job working for a Cornish clay mining company in St Austell. The job is just supposed to see him through until he starts university at which point he hopes and expects never to have anything to do with the industry again. As the proverb says "if you want to make God laugh tell him your plans". 40 years after starting that temporary job Jonathan is trying to retire from the company. He is asked to help track down some company records that have gone missing and thi [...]

    23. Robert Goddard never disappoints with his twists and turnarounds. He is always a trilling read.Who would have thought china clay would be the basis of so much skulduggery!

    24. This is the 23rd Robert Goddard book I've read in my quest to read all of his books in chronological order. Only one more to go (unless and until he publishes another)!In this one, Goddard did his usually pulling me into the plot quickly. It is not fast paced, but it is intriguing. But then, it was a little too slow paced; I didn't lose interest, but I did wonder where it was going.When I finally arrived at the denouement, I didn't really find it satisfying. I thought too many things were left u [...]

    25. I'm a huge Robert Goddard fan and look forward to finding a novel I haven't read yet. This one left me a bit nonplussed though. Maybe it was the thought of being a successful author and being able to spend so much time "researching" in Capri and Naples and being given access to Lotus cars that distracted me (green is the colour!). Maybe it was the constant searching for a link to the suicide that the story starts with that irritated me or maybe it was the apparent pointlessness of some of the st [...]

    26. I've long been a fan of Goddard. I don't by any means read every book he writes - only the ones whose storyline appeals to me - Into the Blue and Caught in the Light being favourites. Of late I have fallen behind and as a consequence of not having read a "Goddard" for a while I have come to his writing with new eyes. His latest - Fault Line is now my favourite. Robert Goddard really is the Master of the Twist but sometimes his books can get a bit manic and convoluted. As a reader you can often g [...]

    27. 'Fault Line' was one of the best Robert Goddard novels I've read yet. In fact, I enjoyed it just as much as 'Long Time Coming', which was previously my all-time favorite. I was quite surprised by 'Fault Line' since the story revolved around a multinational china clay company (the synopsis didn't inspire confidence). But I found John Kellaway, the novel's protagonist and narrator, to be one of Goddard's strongest and most interesting major characters. I particularly enjoyed the contrast between a [...]

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