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Romanno Bridge



By: Andrew Greig(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: riverrun (6 Mar. 2008)

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The original title of the book: Romanno Bridge

The hunt for the crowning stone of the Dalriadic kings, the Stone of Scone, has begun.

'You could easily make a case that Andrew Greig has the greatest range of any living Scottish writer' - Scotsman

A motorcyclist with a stolen ring walks into Rothiemurchus Forest and finds a quiet place to die.

A woman with an eventful past has signed the Official Secrets Act and gone to Dumfries to forget a man and keep out of trouble.

In comfortable Crieff, a retired historian publishes an obscure article on the survival of the Stone of Destiny then has his throat cut.

A man with a long blade in a tan holster under his suit, a fondness for bird-watching, and memories of his short-lived Punk band Anger Management, has taken a commission to retrieve an object so valuable and mythic it might not exist.

A rugby-playing half-Maori named Leo Nagotoa stands in the sleet by Romanno Bridge in the Scottish Borders, trying to thumb a lift when his Destiny slithers up alongside him.

Some of the cast of The Return of John Macnab are back, but the times and the mood have changed. Romanno Bridge is a wintry thriller, an entertainment, a quest and an exploration of contemporary themes of fakes, frauds, copies, and a struggle to find the Real Thing, wherever and whatever it might be.

You could easily make a case that Andrew Greig has the greatest range of any living Scottish writer (Scotsman)If you have a desire to luxuriate in the most beautiful use of the English language borne along by the love of one gifted poet for a recognized master of melancholy, then this is the book for you. It most certainly is the book for me (Billy Connolly on At the Loch of Green Corrie)One of the best historical novels of recent years, Greig dusts off the past and presents it with tremendous skill (Literary Review on Fair Helen)Greig...writes beautifully and the story gallops along (Sunday Times)Buchan with bells on (Scottish Review of Books)this romp is hugely enjoyable - Scotland on Sunday (Scotland on Sunday)you could easily make a case that Andrew Greig has the greatest range of any living Scottish writer - Scotsman (Scotsman)

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  • By Scholastica on 24 February 2011

    First of all, if you are thinking of buying this book and you haven't read 'The Return of John McNab', can I suggest that you read that first? The main set of characters in this book have all appeared before and there are many references to their previous adventure together. You will get more out of this book if you do - I can't think why the publishers didn't include the words 'a second adventure of the friends from Scotland' or something similar on the back - because that is what it is.So, about the book itself - dubbed as a 'thriller with heart and soul, by the Independent on Sunday - I'm more inclined to think that Andrew Greig wrote this with his tongue firmly in his cheek, which isn't a criticism. Within the first few pages, our almost world weary protagonist, Kirsty, has been at the deathbed of a man with not just a story to tell, but a story connected to the history of Scotland no less. And this story is dangerous - people are prepared to kill for it. Within almost seconds there is a man with a knife, a car chase - and she is weak-kneed in the company of a hunk of a Kiwi rugby player who appears from nowhere. Secrets, danger and the dance between the bed covers: Famous Five for grown-ups?If you can get past this, you can really enjoy this book for the backdrop of modern Scotland - the young people, the language (not the dialect, which irritated me, but the frequent use of some of the best Scots words)and the road tour that takes us from Dumfries to the Borders to Crieff and finally to Oban. Much of the nuance might be lost on non-Scots, which in a way is a shame - and in a way isn't.A major criticism is the choice of book cover - which is far too serious for the book. At no point in the story is this about a solitary man on his own particular journey, so why choose a the figure of a retreating man as the illustration for a cover? Far more appropriate, to my mind, would be something akin to Scooby Doo and his team, all dressed in kilts against the backdrop of a forbidding Scottish castle.Overall, a book that, for me, passed the time and whilst I did find that the story stretched credibility, I did enjoy the observations and the language. I'd say to give this book a go to see what you get out of it -because I suspect that for everyone it will be something different.

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