For new readers, the author blends in enough for you to know that Griessel is a recovering alcoholic, and providing some backstory for his current circumstances. Although Benny is a tough, strong guy with plenty of mettle, the veteran detective has some burning issues that cause him to question aspects of his nature. Meyer has created a believable, long-suffering character in Benny. I first met her in Thirteen Hours, a memorable character who is both sympathetic and, in the latter book, periodically the brunt of a joke.
However, when it comes to fighting crime, she is a force to be reckoned with, a crackerjack detective who is decisive, authoritative, and morally unequivocal. I'd like to see Meyer write a series of books with Kaleni as the primary protagonist. If you are already a fan, your expectations will be amply met; you'll be addicted from the first page. And, the answer to all COBRA's questions aren't guaranteed until the very last page, which keeps you guessing. Meyer is at his peak without being over-the-top!
And the Glossary at the back of the book is not only edifying, but enjoyable.
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View 2 comments. Sep 25, Yigal Zur rated it really liked it. Weer eens 'n uitstekende Meyer-spanningsverhaal! Die naelbyt-aksie, die aktuele kwessies en die boeiende karakters maak dit 'n eensitboek: oor en oor die moeite werd. Ek reken steeds dat Infanta koning kraai in Meyer-land, met Onsigbaar so 'n kortkop agter, maar Kobra is 'n waardige toevoeging tot Meyer se al hoe indrukwekkender oeuvre.
Kobra is an excellent new suspence novel by Deon Meyer.
Deon Meyer's 'Cobra' Is a Crime Novel, Cape Town Is the Star
While those of us who can read Afrikaans rave a little gloatingly, his other fans need to wait for the tra Weer eens 'n uitstekende Meyer-spanningsverhaal! While those of us who can read Afrikaans rave a little gloatingly, his other fans need to wait for the translations to stream forth. I'm sure the translators are already slaving away with great joy. Sep 16, Carol rated it it was ok Shelves: e-audible. It's an intricate South African plot and the language is mostly Afrikaans.
Apparently there was a glossary at the back of the book, which would have been helpful.
Most of my GR friends gave this 5 stars so I know it's about me View all 5 comments. Why would a mathematics professor from Cambridge University, renting a holiday home outside Cape Town, require a false identity and three bodyguards? And where is he, now that they are dead?
The only clue to the bodyguards' murder is the snake engraved on the shell casings of the bullets that killed them. Investigating the massacre, Benny Griessel and his team find themselves being drawn into an international conspiracy with shocking implications. It seems it is not just the terrorists and criminals of Britain and South Africa who may fear the Professor's work, but the politicians too. As the body count begins to spiral viciously, Benny must put his new-found love life aside and focus on finding the one person who could give him a break in the case: a teenage pickpocket on the run in the city.
But Benny is not the only person hunting for Tyrone Kleinbooi Relentlessly suspenseful, topical, hard-hitting and richly rewarding, Cobra is a superb novel from an author who is acclaimed around the world as a brilliant voice in crime fiction. Another audio book from my library and nearly thirteen hours invested in listening to this one. Time well spent in my opinion, as I enjoyed the narration in addition to being sucked into the mystery at the heart of this.
It starts quite slowly with the minute forensic examination of a murder scene where three bodyguards have been executed and their charge, an English professor has gone missing. The professor had been developing a financial algorithm which could enable the banks to track dirty money. However the banks and politicians were somewhat reluctant to put this technology to use, fearing embarrassment at the exposure of some malfeasance on their behalf. Our professor, not easily cowed pressed on with his work and thus made himself a target.
There's a few different strands to the book and I enjoyed all of them.
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There's the investigation, a slow unpicking of the facts, a reluctance of the British authorities to divulge too much information about our missing professor but a keen interest in wanting to know what the investigative team have uncovered. With the cops themselves there's a main focus on Benny Griessel, an alcoholic detective and a relic of the old SA police force. We have Griessel's struggle to maintain sobriety while juggling his work around a new found love.
A relationship fraught with danger as his partner is also a recovering alcoholic. We also have the team around Griessel, his bosses and fellow officers each with their own skills and boundaries. There's also a seemingly separate story line running through the book concerning a young pickpocket who steals in order to support his sister through university. Murder, kidnapping, financial corruption, British intelligence, South African security services, political interference in the investigation, alcoholism, love, a pick-pocket and his family, a team of assassins, more death, a memory card, an opportunity, a game of cat and mouse, an outcome.
I really enjoyed all of it. There's the topical nature of financial corruption, there's a look at South Africa post-Apartheid, there's a few personal stories running in tandem with an investigation into murder. There's also an element of danger throughout and the story of an underdog presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I liked the setting, I enjoyed reading about the characters and the minutiae of their lives.
There's a reasonable pace, after a slow-ish start, which I didn't mind, with a steady increase in urgency and a big build up of tension towards the inevitable climax, which didn't disappoint. I think the only downside with audio is that I'm sketchy on details regarding names when trying to pen a few thoughts as much for my own benefit when looking back as for anyone else. Apr 14, Skip rated it it was amazing Shelves: foreign-translated , crime-detective. Two bodyguards and a hotel worker are killed, and their charge a Cambridge University professor involved in detecting terrorist financing goes missing.
Captain Benny Griessel, now part of the elite Hawks corps of the South African Police Service is called to investigate, and quickly determines the involvement of a professional killer. Shell casings marked with a cobra are linked to an assassin for hire by Interpol. Meanwhile, a young pickpocket Tyrone trying to support his sister, unknowin Two bodyguards and a hotel worker are killed, and their charge a Cambridge University professor involved in detecting terrorist financing goes missing. Meanwhile, a young pickpocket Tyrone trying to support his sister, unknowingly steals the ransom, leading to another killing spree.
But Tyrone is angered by their kidnapping of his innocent sister, and he goes off to settle things himself. Another excellent one by this South African author, relatively unknown here in the U. Highly recommended.
Aug 24, Polly rated it really liked it. Captain Benny Griessel, is the main protagonist in Cobra. He is brilliant, troubled and battling alcoholism. Benny is part of an elite team the Hawks of South African law enforcement and we are introduced to him and his team as they try to track down a possible kidnapping victim. Meyer keeps the pages turning with quick scene changes and the last third of the book is all out action, race against time drama.
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I will definitely be on board. A surprisingly good read, for an Afrikaans book. If it wasn't for it being one of our book club reads, I probably never would've read this. I'm not too fond of Afrikaans books, but Meyer's storytelling skills and a solid plot drew me into this book in no time. I even laughed a few times. I really liked a lot of the characters and was wholly impressed by Meyer's research i.
I might read more of his books. As always, a great read. Keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the time, guessing until the end. Only one complaint: the lack of sleep you get when you've started reading, because you can't put any of his books down easily. Nov 12, jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller , africa. Another great book in the Benny Griessel series 4. The pace is breathtaking, the plot masterful. In the first chapters I had to check and re-check that the translator was the same person who worked on the previous books K.
It was. So, i wondered if the author was already falling back on a ghostwriter. No, impossible, I said to myself. Perhaps he just tried to vary his style slightly to avoid falling into a rut, or maybe he felt it was time to review his approach to composing Another great book in the Benny Griessel series 4.
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Perhaps he just tried to vary his style slightly to avoid falling into a rut, or maybe he felt it was time to review his approach to composing a sentence I don't know. It was difficult at first to get into it; the sentences just didn't flow like in his previous novels. However, once I was drawn into the story, it sucked me right in. Almost nothing could distract me. Except for the all-too-frequent and annoying typos. Either there was no subbing or no proofreading or the typesetter was drunk. Out of sheer indignation, I highlighted in excess of typos, which in a odd pages book must be a world record for sloppiness.
The best so far in the Benny Griessel series. Aug 10, Derek rated it really liked it. I'm not entirely sure why I love Benny Griessel.
The broken-down old alcoholic detective is a seriously overused trope, but I still can't get enough of Benny. Partly, it's because he's aware of his failings, and trying to get beyond them. Partly it's because he clearly is a good cop, a good man, and good father—though he's not always been all of those together. As the story begins, Benny's current love-life is in a period of stress.
He loves Alexa, and clearly she loves him, but he has a problem w. He loves Alexa, and clearly she loves him, but he has a problem with … performance. So, a new major case is a perfect chance for him to throw himself into his work and avoid the personal issues.