Thursday, 31. July 2014
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In the third book from author Colin Everard, 'The House in Vienna', he takes you on a journey that any expat who has dreamed of a slightly more adventurous life should find cathartic.
From a home destroyed by fire in the first few pages, to vibrating houses, murder, kidnapping and sexual assault, there is plenty of action to be had in The House in Vienna's three hundred pages.
This plot takes you from Africa to Europe, with the occasional stopovers in Vietnam and the USSR, as you follow the main characters, aviator expert Philip Mason and his Austrian wife Maria, as they up sticks and move to Vienna after their house in Kenya burns down.
In Vienna they live a happy life with their children until one day, after a peculiar experience in their house in the first district, Vienna's beautiful Innere Stadt, their lives take a turn for the dramatic.
Long descriptive dialogues are the book's strongest feature, with extensive conversations between characters taking you to the heart of one of Kenya's national parks, walking through the streets of Vienna and delving into exotic Vietnam.
Everard dedicates much time to these sections, bringing alive the drama and adventure that is thrown upon the aviator and his wife.
You'd be forgiven for making connections between the author himself and the book's main character Philip Mason; Colin Everard is also an aviation expert and spent a long time living in Kenya until he moved with his family to Austria.
His previous novels have also been based in environments that are no doubt familiar to Everard – 'Safe Skies' nods towards Everard's time as an aviator as it follows the journey of a pilot looking to establish civil aviation in Bhutan.
Of course, the plot of 'The House in Vienna' is completely fictional although how the family experiences and adjusts to life in a new city on a new continent are probably feelings that are close to home for Everard and his family.
The book is recommended reading for anyone who is looking to fall in love, or rekindle something, with the Austrian capital, a city whose beauty and intrigue is well captured by Everard. Go online to pick up a copy - it's available to buy as a book or e-book on Amazon now.
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