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Life or Death  - Michael Robotham

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Published: 29th July 2014
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Why would a man escape from prison the day before he's due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of the gang. Seven million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by prison guards, inmates and criminal gangs, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he's due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he's not running. Instead he's trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

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Life or Death
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (8)
  • Well written (8)
  • Page turner (7)
  • Suspenseful (7)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (3)

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  • Older readers (4)
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2.0

Expected a lot and delivered little

By Courto

from Salamander Bay, Australia

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Pros

    Cons

    • Disappointing
    • Not the Author's Best
    • Not What I expected

    Best Uses

    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Life or Death:

    As an avid reader of Michael Robotham I eagerly awaited his latest novel but this is certainly not reflective of his normal high standard. Novel lacked a credible plot, believable characters and appears to have been written for the US market. Has all the hallmarks of the typical American action packed pot boiler. A disappointing read

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    4.0

    Not your usual suspense book, amust read

    By Booto

    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Different Originalgreat
    • Engaging Characters
    • Page Turner
    • Suspenseful
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Older Readers
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Life or Death:

      An original, unusual and great plot,this is my first book from this author and I'm addicted !!

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      5.0

      Another page turner!

      By CK

      from Maryborough, Qld

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Suspenseful
      • Well Written

      Cons

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          Comments about Life or Death:

          If you haven't started reading Michael Robotham yet, get started!!!

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          4.0

          Robotham in a different light

          By Kimeth

          from Forster NSW

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          Pros

          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

          Cons

          • Not What I expected

          Best Uses

          • Gift
          • Travel Reading

          Comments about Life or Death:

          Totally different book to his others I really enjoyed the change of pace and mode

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          5.0

          Absolutely brilliant

          By Tony

          from Penong, South Australia

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Suspenseful
          • Well Written

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              Comments about Life or Death:

              A well written story that you can't put down. Thoroughly recommend.

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              4.0

              Unusual storyline

              By Issy Insomniac

              from Melbourne, Au

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Not Cliched
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Older Readers

                Comments about Life or Death:

                This author never disappoints.

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                5.0

                Robotham's best book yet?

                By timetaxi

                from Snowy Mountains NSW

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                Pros

                • As Good As Grisham
                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

                Cons

                • Not What I expected

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Older Readers
                • Travel Reading

                Comments about Life or Death:

                Not Michael's usual psycho style but even better. Reminded me of some of my favcourite Grisham books. I'm sure I'll read it again.

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                5.0

                life and death twists

                By Kaz

                from Brisbane

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                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Older Readers
                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about Life or Death:

                  Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Easier to read but still with suspense round each turned page.

                  Good mix of different life stories that twine together in a amazing way

                  Highly recommend

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                  5.0

                  Edge of the seat stuff!

                  By Kat

                  from Melbourne, AU

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                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Page Turner
                  • Suspenseful
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

                  • No negatives

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel Reading

                  Comments about Life or Death:

                  Yet another superb work from the master of psychological crime fiction ion, Michael Rowbotham. Needless to say I found this book riveting and extremely visual. I have high expectations of this author and these were met. This book would adapt well to film.

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                  Michael Robotham

                  Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney.

                  For the next fourteen years he wrote for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin’s Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years until a cleaner stumbled upon a cardboard box that had been misplaced and misfiled.

                  In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

                  His first novel 'The Suspect', a psychological thriller, was chosen by the world’s largest consortium of book clubs as only the fifth “International Book of the Month”, making it the top recommendation to 28 million book club members in fifteen countries. It has been translated into twenty-two languages, including some he's barely heard of.

                  His second novel 'Lost' won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Barry Award for the BEST BRITISH NOVEL published in the US in 2005.

                  Michael's subsequent novels 'The Night Ferry' and 'Shatter' were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008. 'Shatter' was also shortlisted in the inaugural ITV3 Thriller Awards in the UK and for South Africa's Boeke Prize. In August 2008 'Shatter' won the Ned Kelly award for Australia's best crime novel. More recently, 'Bleed for Me' – Michael's sixth novel – was shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Award. His upcoming novel, 'The Wreckage' will be released in June 2011.

                  Michael can most often be found working in his 'pit of despair' (basement office) on Sydney's northern beaches where he funds the extravagant lifestyles of a wife and three daughters.

                  Visit Michael Robotham's Booktopia Author Page


                  ISBN: 9780751552898
                  ISBN-10: 0751552895
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 448
                  Published: 29th July 2014
                  Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
                  Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.4  x 3.5
                  Weight (kg): 0.59
                  Edition Number: 1