Itâ€™s not often we at Lovereading travel into the territory of promoting a title that comes in unsolicited from a self-published author but this is one that really caught our eye. Rivenaes has real talent for dialogue and for gripping the reader throughout with a complex yet utterly riveting plot presented in effortless fashion. He's created some brilliantly drawn characters you will care about and some terrific interplay between them. It is a beautifully written, multi-faceted, multi-layered political action thriller, much like Tom Wolfeâ€™s Bonfire of the Vanities and written with a multitude of ingredients including drama, humour, love, action and suspense making it much more than a thriller. It's intriguing, fulfilling and ultimately consuming and will linger on in your psyche long after youâ€™ve finished it.
Angelo Vargas was an enigma, a man from nowhere who had followed a perilous path through a restless and eventful life. The time had come to leave his â€˜diplomatic activitiesâ€™ behind and settle in England to search for his shrine. His partner, the unrestrained and incorrigible Japanese Tadashi Ishihara, shared Vargas' dream but there was one more assignment looming over the horizon: the most challenging and financially rewarding plot he had ever contemplated.
Igor Parkhurst, a writer contemplating his former glory, becomes a pawn in Ishihara's plan to achieve his two objectives: to access to the higher echelons of British society, and to use Parkhurst as the link to the forces threatening the future of the newly elected American President. However, Ishihara makes a slip. He does not take into account Jennifer Moran, Parkhurst's goddaughter, whom Vargas comes to see as the goddess of his shrine. Ishihara regards her as an annoying obstacle. Having made his living in the pit of human existence, Vargas refuses to give up the very woman who can give him a new lease of life. Ishihara is equally determined to achieve his goals.
Ishihara's own wife, Jasmin, also has her reasons to persuade Vargas to take on one final assignment. However nobody can predict the implications and the consequences in a drama where Life plays against Death.
'Overall, this is near perfect and will linger deeply in your soul long after reading; entertaining and thought provoking in equal measure, 'Those Who Leave' reminds the reader why the written word can be the most rewarding medium.â€™ â€“ review by Malcolm Martin â€“ magazine editor - UK
â€˜Brilliant! Each of the 813 pages of this remarkable novel deserves to be read. The characterisation and interplay of the characters is very much in the style of Le Carre. It would make a magnificent film.â€™ Vivian Kemble - writer, producer, director â€“ London
'As Rivenaes delves deeply into the dark and exotic histories of each of his central characters, it seems the love affair between brooding, enigmatic and dangerous Vargas and his antithesis, upstanding Irish-Catholic Jennifer Moran is as destined to fail, as it is entirely unpredictable. The love story which emergesâ€¦ is intriguing, fulfilling and ultimately consuming. The rewards are Rivenaes' fascinatingly complex collection of characters and a tale that proves that true love, however fleeting, can be found in the unlikeliest of places'. The BIG ISSUE - UK
Publication date: 03/03/2005
Publisher: Varde Books
|Publication date:||3rd March 2005|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
Ivar Rivenaes was born in Norway and grew up during the WWII occupation 1940 – 1945. His two novels in Norwegian, The Man Who Walked Backwards (1968) and The Story of Richard Kahn (1973) got rave reviews and became bestsellers. Instead of pursuing a career as a writer he continued travelling during the decades before he settled in Hampshire in 1995.More About Ivar Rivenaes