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Blood of the Albatross

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Jay Becker is a musician just trying to earn extra cash by giving sailing lessons on Puget Sound. But when an exotic and mysterious woman becomes his new student, Jay finds himself being manipulated by an international network of spies who will stop at nothing to get the military secrets they want.
Paperback, 307 pages
Published February 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1986)
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aPriL does feral sometimes
I am so pleased to have passed the day reading this! What an exciting, well-written thriller!

Three individuals are looking for something to free themselves from the life they find themselves in: Roy Kepella, ex-drinker, failed husband and father, but now someone out to prove himself a good FBI agent; Jay Becker, an excellent Seattle musician and song writer, but who needs a day job to make ends meet; and Marlene Johanningmeir, German engineer, forced into working for a spy to keep her father out
Ralph Simpson
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, a little unlikely, but fun nevertheless....

A bit on the far-fetched side, but we'll written, & smartly paced, with a cast that actually pulls it enough toward believability to rescue the overall tale. Yeah, that's pretty much the deal, for this book. I almost put it down once or twice, early on, but my curiosity kept pulling me back into it. Ridley Pearson is a really good author, especially at character development and that saved this book for me. 4 stars seems about right! Go
Jeff Dickison
A somewhat disjointed spy story told from the views of several different characters. This often interfered with the flow of the novel. This was only the second novel written by Pearson and he has since become a much better writer. Still if you like spy/mystery novels you might enjoy this.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well crafted subtly to espionage

The character development is sound and there is no”super” character to solve all problems. The conflicts are realistic and truly “double-edged”.
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure if I have read another book by Ridley Pearson, and am rather sure that I won't choose one again. This was one of those okay books. The setting is Washington state, where we will be travelling next week. The characters are somewaht sympathetic. I kept wanting to tell Jay Becker the young musician not to have anything to do with the German femme fatale, Marlene, but he wouldn't have listened. The book starts out with two character's stories--Jay and Roy Kensella and they intertwine at ...more
Jonna Lee
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
It is always extra fun to read a story set in ones home town, with familiar restaurants and car chases through known streets. I enjoyed this book, but it felt a little formulaic and maybe better on film. I actually think the movie version would be an excellent popcorn movie. That said, there were some quite satisfying passages that left me with a sense of having experienced something new, and the main character was very likable.
I really wanted to give this one a 3.5. I have read some other books by the author and found this one to be less interesting.
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Al Stoess
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Ok. Fantasy. Hard to believe.
Mandy anderson
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
espionage from the 1990s outdated and not my Favorite kind of book but it was ok
Feb 26, 2010 rated it liked it
I do like Pearson's novels, enjoyed the sailing and Seattle setting. But this book was quite full of violence.
Barbara B.
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
It was just okay. I normally like his books, but this was a fast read and not that great. Fairly predictable ending.
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller Killer Weekend; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, div ...more