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A Shot Rang Out - The Tangled Life and Mysterious Death of Thomas Cauldron: Author, Spy, Traitor

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Who was Thomas Cauldron? An author of countless cheap paperbacks. A double agent. A pioneering wildlife broadcaster. And a mysterious corpse…

When the elderly Thomas Cauldron crashes into the home of local journalist Christopher Notchman and expires among the ruins of a coffee table, Notchman decides to solve the riddle of Cauldron’s death by tracing his eventful life. It’s
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Paperback, 265 pages
Published July 24th 2011 by Lulu (first published July 7th 2011)
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Alex Sarll
Who can forget Thomas Cauldron, author of innumerable spy classics including An Apple for Himmler, Czechmate and A Dance to the Music of Bullets, and his trademark of always somehow managing to include a scene where his hero fights a gorilla? Less well-known today is the degree to which Cauldron's life followed the curious contours of the Twentieth Century. After fighting in the Great War as a schoolboy (for the Germans, at that), he and the challenging sculptress Teresa Maddington became leadin ...more
Jenny
Feb 18, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
I won this through Goodreads, thank you!

I was expecting this to be a thriller/mystery but the unexpected bonus was it being funny as well. Thomas Cauldron seemed to have a crazy eventful life from his youngest memories up to his death as an older man. The book was very entertaining.
Scarlett Sims
This book worked better in concept than in execution. Basically, it's the fictional biography of a fictional person who led a pretty ridiculous life. Most of the situations he gets into are bizarrely funny and it was certainly an entertaining read. My main complaint was going to be that because it is self-published, there are some typos and the like. HOWEVER, I did check out the book's website just now and the authors implied that maybe the typos weren't accidental. I'm not intrigued enough to g ...more
Lucy Leblanc
Feb 21, 2012 Lucy Leblanc rated it liked it
This was the first book I won on Good Reads and was pleasantly surprised when I received it. First, I must say, the title intrigued me as it reminded me of a late-night B-Movie. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the novel was indeed similar to my memories of those late-night shows. It had murder, mystery, intrique, shady characters, and plenty of chuckles written in. I enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a great way to escape my regular routine. I would recommend this book to anyon ...more
Sue
Feb 17, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
I was very lucky to win this novel through the Goodreads Giveaway. This is the biography of Thomas Cauldron's strange life but also Christopher Notchman's attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding his death. Thomas Cauldron lived a very private life. When the elderly Thomas Cauldron crashes into the home of local journalist Christopher Notchman and expires among the ruins of a coffee table, Notchman decides to solve the riddle of Cauldron’s death by tracing his eventful life. It’s a journey tha ...more
Jessica Buike
Feb 07, 2012 Jessica Buike rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
A good spy story always intrigues me. Sadly, this one did not live up to my expectations. It was written in a rather boring style, and was very choppy. I liken it to a school report rather than a fluid book. Granted, it's a biography which sometimes do read dryly, but I just couldn't get into this book.

If you like dry biographies that are strictly history without any sort of fluidity to help it read better, you might like this. Otherwise, I'd suggest checking out something else.
Ashley
Oct 22, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
I am genuinely confused by the number of people who read this and thought Thomas Cauldron is an actual person who once existed in history. Well-researched??
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