“Here we have a thriller that has all the elements for success a surfing, martial-arts proficient and taciturn hero and a beautiful sidekick with whom he still has unresolved issues. An Australian version of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher – a man of few words but much action … enigmatic and lethal Carter.” Read full review
All of this makes Carter an unexpected hero type – flawed, questioning, brave with enough of the all action hero type to be believable he’s quite realistic, very believable. And it doesn’t hurt that there’s nothing decorative female about Erina – she’s a strong, capable woman in her own right… Added to the believability of the unexpected, the realistic portray of the two central characters, and a strong plot, there’s a hefty dose of good, dry very Australian humour. Read full review – Read full review
Amazon Australia #2 International, Mystery & Crime, Canada #3 Action Adventure, US #7 Thrillers, Terrorism
There are nearly 200 reviews on Amazon, US, UK, Australia and Canada, 80 per cent of which are 4 and 5 star
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This is the rare international thriller with an engaging romantic subplot that features full-bodied human beings. Be ready to be thrilled and charmed, it’s a thriller-lovers delight.
Fishman is the real deal. He knows how to sustain a cracking pace from start to finish, so much so that I found myself saying after each chapter, “just one more…”
Roland Fishman makes all his characters believable, individual, and empathic. You feel for them. Each character, good or bad, has a deep commitment to a purpose beyond individual interests, even in the case of Samudra, the Order’s adversary whose mission involves the loss of many innocent lives.
The action sequences are portrayed in granular detail. Time dilates and an event that may have been over in a flash allows the reader into the experience, marked, beat by beat, by the quick-thinking decisions of Carter and his cohorts, adding to the visceral nature and authenticity of a journey that grows incrementally more and more precarious and urgent.
Lee Child with spirituality…Roland Fishman has woven threads of adventure, drama, intrigue, action romance and more into an unputdownable story that I just didn’t want to end.
‘WARNING! Be prepared to hit the ground running and ready to hold your breath for 400 pages. The well-researched pieces on extremism/religion and their power of influence had me hungry for more.
I picked up this book on holiday and devoured the whole thing in two days.
The story has everything – romance, a troubled relationship with a father figure, politics, violence, spirituality, good looking people in skimpy clothing and action, lots of it.
I can normally tell if I’ll like a book from its opening few paragraphs. I didn’t get the chance with No Man’s Land as I was about 1/3 of the way through the book before I even realised it. I like action and thriller genres and grew up in a beach culture so I was destined to love this book. But what resonated most for me was a story where action and spirituality were so skillfully combined.
Morality is a pre-requisite to spirituality but it is often a blunt instrument for writers to use, simply putting their characters into one morally challenging situation after another. But spirituality is altogether different, something more ethereal. It takes elegance and a deeper understanding of its principles.
In this book, the writer has woven it seamlessly into the story line of a thriller where definitions of baddies and goodies depend entirely on your spiritual point of view and even as we loathe the enemies we can somehow appreciate what drives them. The morality of it is clear to us and if it was simply a moral thriller it would be just another book, but to have spirituality as the driver and work that backwards into the question of what’s moral and then to have that drive the character’s actions adds altogether another layer.
What a spectacular and thrilling action novel, set on our own shores. An international calibre story and author, I was gripped from page 1. The ability of the author to create such precise and captivating imagery and an engaging pace through the use of concise language, is nothing short of mastery.
No flowery, laborious, endless sentences punctuated for reader relief from excess. This is brevity and precision resulting in pace, colour and captivation. How refreshing!
Not the type of book I generally read. Having said that I was quickly drawn in and found myself holding my breath. The humour often had me laughing out loud. I didn’t want it to finish.
I loved the exotic locations – the massive surf, the Australian outback and the wilds of Indonesia. Carter is a combination of an Aussie Jack Reacher and the Japanese samurai Musashi. A real page-turner.