4 out of 4 stars
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What do you do when you find yourself accused of a crime you know nothing about? If you’ve ever been in this kind of situation, or something similar, you’ll surely find Stasiland by Rolf Richardson quite intriguing.
The story is about Ed Blake’s unfortunate predicament during his tour of Germany. He had just gone through a divorce and decided to embark on a tour of Europe as a way of making the most of his newfound freedom. While on a ship cruise to one of the tourist attractions somewhere between Dresden and the Czech border, he found a man he had met earlier in the day murdered. While trying to figure out how to keep this information away from the deceased son, he was accused of committing the crime. To prove his innocence, he has to join in the police investigation into the murder of Jonny, a local political leader. Will Blake be able to prove his innocence?
Stasiland by Rolf Richardson is an intriguing political thriller that keeps you reading until you’re done. I couldn’t set the book down after I started as it was full of suspense. Written in the first-person narrative with Ed Blake as the central character, the book developed and got more interesting as I read further. As I read through the chapters, I didn’t want to stop reading until I got to the end. Even after the book got to it’s supposed climax, there were more intriguing events in the final pages of this book.
What I liked most about the book was the brevity of its chapters. They were between 3 and 6 pages long. I could read through it on a whim. The good thing about this was that I didn’t feel the boredom that is usually associated with reading long chapters. Within 2 hours, I was in the fortieth chapter. This will really help people who have a very short attention span to read this book without feeling like it’s taking too long to finish.
I would not fail to mention that this book was educative and informative. I learned a lot of new things while reading this book. For instance, I learned words like “Frau”, which is the title used for women in German and “Herr” for the male counterpart. I also learned a bit of the German political history and structure. The author ensured that words that weren't in English were translated immediately to aid the reading flow.
There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this book. I did not observe any errors, and the book was professionally edited. I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to all lovers of crime thrillers.
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