Black Water

Black Water

Book - 2016
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Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut halfway up a mountain in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him--and that his life may now been in danger. As he waits to discover his fate, he meets Rita, a woman with her own past tragedy, and begins a passionate affair. Their relationship makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms--but can Rita and Harper save each other while they are putting each other very much at risk?
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2016
ISBN: 9780571323555
Characteristics: vii, 344 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

The setting in Indonesia during the extreme violence in 1965 and riots of 1998 is interesting as is "The Institute", an organization operating for multinationals in the shadows and acting without any accountability. The main character is beset by moral questions, which nevertheless do not affect his actions, and is largely unsympathetic. Doughty maintains the tensions of her story well.

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Nov 09, 2020

winston2008 thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over


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Oct 03, 2016

John Harper an operative in Java & Bali is wracked with guilt and screws up assignments. Raised by his black step father's parents, Poppa and Nina. John's brother dies in accident at age 5, more guilt. Hooks up with love interest, Rita. Story ends without resolve.


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