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Restless Earth

(Children of Karma #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  25 reviews
“It’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. And sometimes, there are no good guys.”

Four men scattered across the globe. . .
One seeks pleasure
One seeks purpose
One seeks redemption
And one seeks revenge.

A wind is howling around the skyscrapers of New York, through the battlefields of Iraq, and into the bustling streets of Bangkok. It carries with it the fat
Mass Market Paperback, 354 pages
Published November 11th 2017 by Tention Publishing Limited
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Cynthia Hamilton
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Having read all four books in the Time, Blood and Karma series, I was excited to read the latest offering by this very talented writer. I was not disappointed. Several of the characters were familiar, including the previous series’ protagonist, the tormented David Braddock. But instead of the storyline centering around the private detective/therapist, we follow him episodically as his path crosses other characters’, some new to Braddock’s world.

Though there were plenty of dubious and downright n
Eden Baylee
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*** RESTLESS EARTH is an addictive novel ***

I’ve read John Dolan’s ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series and enjoyed it immensely. When I heard he had a new book out, I presumed it was part of the same series.

I should never presume with Dolan’s writing. He is wickedly unpredictable. His latest book, RESTLESS EARTH kicks off a new series called ‘Karma’s Children’ and draws upon several characters from his previous books.

The story begins in England and travels across the globe, from the USA to South Bagh
Eric J. Gates
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A few hours ago, I finished reading John Dolan’s latest novel, ‘Restless Earth’. I did not rush to write a review and post it for others to see because I wanted to selfishly savour the tale the author had woven as though reminiscing over an exceptional meal or a fine wine. This is easily author Dolan’s most exceptional book to date.

As with all his stories, this one too is character-driven, yet unlike the others, here we are treated to four superbly drawn protagonists, two we fans of Dolan’s work
Olga Miret
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anybody who has been following my reviews for a while will know that I love John Dolan’s writing. I discovered his books a long while back and I’ve been following his career with interest ever since. I was both sad and exhilarated when he brilliantly closed his previous series Time, Blood and Karma with the novel Running on Emptiness (you can check my review here). I bought a copy of his new book, the beginning of a new series, Karma’s Children a while back, but it wasn’t until I received the AR ...more
Ellie Midwood
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a fan of John Dolan for a long time now because his stories embody everything I love reading about: exotic settings that transport me into a new world, riveting plot that makes me hold my breath, and deep, complex characters that get under my skin. But what I loved most of all about “Restless Earth” was how masterfully it was constructed, bringing several pieces of a puzzle into an intricate mosaic of the darkest personal stories, interwoven fates, and karma which brings all these peop ...more
Veronica Barton
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Private investigator David Braddock is back in the U.K. to attend his father’s funeral, dealing with words left unsaid and family sorrows of the past. He’s pondering an uncertain future–which may or may not include a new love interest, and could involve a move from Thailand back to his British roots. Private First Class Sam Trask is haunted by the hideous memories of an appalling action committed by deranged colleagues during his wartime duty in Iraq—memories that are slowly eroding his mental s ...more
Cameron Garriepy
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indies
David Braddock is catnip.

Okay, that's not all. John Dolan introduces an entirely new structure for his complicated hero, and I like it. Restless Earth is cinematic in scope, moving between the London, New York, Bangkok, Greensboro and Samui as the plot thickens around Braddock. The supporting cast is full of familiar faces to readers of the Time, Blood & Karma series, but this narrative is by no means dependent on the previous series. A full complement of new faces await. As does one deliciously
Richard Murphy
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-25
Brilliant. After a few books recently that I have struggled with, this was a welcome tonic.

So, firstly I had never heard of John Dolan and this is the first book I have read of his, but I can absolutely guarantee it wont be the last.

This book tells the story of 4 men and their respective stories, but of course there is a link that weaves all of them together. I have to say I loved all of their stories and really enjoyed a few of the characters who come in and out of the story. Braddock is probab
Laurette Long
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this latest novel by John Dolan was an electrifying experience, a bit like watching live opera. Everything comes together–story, actors, scenery, music– in one potent, highly-concentrated shot.
The author is a master story-teller, nourished by the intellectual humus of great writers and thinkers. ‘Restless Earth’ is a classic thriller in the tradition of Graham Greene’s novels of the same genre: suspense, intrigue, moody settings, eyeball-to-eyeball confrontations with Life’s Big Question
Robert Cohen
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once there was a man who roamed the Earth in search of the meaning of life, the key to achieving satori, the chance to meet God face to face. Unfortunately, failing to find any answers, he gave up the search, took up drinking, and became a novelist. John Dolan is the man’s name, Lagavulin 16 is the drink, and whether or not he ever attains true enlightenment, he has superb taste in Scotch, and he writes a hell of a good novel.

Restless Earth is a suspense tale. Someone is murdered. Someone disapp
Grant Leishman
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

Restless Earth by John Dolan brings together four men who it seems jave little or nothing in common, but somehow they are all inextricably linked. An embittered, old, sick man, Jedediah Reichenbach is just looking for revenge against his nemesis, the amoral and evil businessman, James Fosse whom Reichenbach, a former Police Officer, knows to be a murderer. Reichenbach hires out-of-work, ex Iraqi veteran, Private First-Class Samuel Trask to travel
Kathleen Harryman
Restless Earth is the first book in the Karma's Children Trilogy and what a fantastic story to kick off a series with!
The story is told from several POV's which I liked a lot. It was a little like reading lots of books in one as the story took on new twists depending on the characters POV.
David Braddock has just lost his father, which to some would be traumatic, however to Braddock it has an extra twist, as it seems that past personality clashes have led them to become estranged from each other
Mat Cooke
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of JD's other books and found them to be exceptional. Full of plot twists and excellent, strong characters.
This latest book, which commences a new series, is equally good - No... Better...

JD's storytelling and careful weaving of plot lines have improved from excellent to sublime. The character development is written in such a way as to leave you guessing, yet believing that you already know them. This is a real skill! The new facets of characters are revealed in perfect time and
Brenda Perlin
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“It’s not always easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys. And sometimes, there are no good guys. Sometimes we act out of expectancy or fear or self-interest without reference to any moral compass.”

I can’t say enough about John Dolan’s writing. I love his entertaining mystery/thriller’s situated in Thailand and other foreign and not so foreign lands. These adventures are unpredictable and layered with sarcasm and as witty as they come. While reading I am reminded of books I’ve read by Nelson
Victoria Dougherty
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir, thriller
I've missed David Braddock, and I have to say, as I read this, I thought that perhaps this would be the last we see of him...and maybe it is. But that's for you to speculate about as you read "Restless Earth." I loved this book. The characters it follows - Braddock, a young army vet, an amoral, perhaps sociopathic businessman, and the various women who interest/seduce/love/drive them - are well drawn and come to intersect with one another in a really compelling, smart and suspenseful way. But ha ...more
Lisette Brodey
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Gorgeous prose, taut storytelling, exotic locations, well-drawn characters, and a plot that makes me want to spit out clichés like, “a real page turner.” But I won’t because I hate clichés.

Each chapter of this book focuses on one of the four men in Restless Earth who appear to be completely unconnected to one another. But they are not. Author Dolan has brilliantly ties their stories together.

This was not a passive read for
Eichin Chang-Lim
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, Restless Earth is the beginning of another series; however, it’s evolved from the previous one, Time, Blood, and Karma. As with the authors of the other books, the story draws readers in from the beginning with its intriguing plot and engaging storyline. I marvel at Mr. Dolan’s writing: he depicts the scenes vividly, crafts the main characters with life, and intertwines with humorous dialogs (verbal or internal) via his mastery of words. (By the way, his humor can be dark, satir ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another great book which carried on from where the previous series left off. New characters were introduced and many of the previous characters from the blood, time & karma series returned. The story was a real page-turner which was full of intrigue, dry wit & the theme of interconnectedness which is ever present in Dolan's books. John Dolan is a truly talented storyteller who keeps you coming back for more. It was such a relief to be able to read about Braddock's antics again. Can't wa ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after I discovered the author's free short story on Amazon during a flight layover.

Enjoying the author's short story, I was eager to try one of his novels. I found this to be exceptionally well written and the multi-layered plot was very well executed. Don't have time to write a full review, but I do want to say that I really enjoyed this novel. Hope to read more by John Dolan.
T.W. Dittmer
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
David Braddock continues, as engaging as ever.

The story line quickly pulled me in, and I was carried along happily by the finely-tuned plot.

The cast of characters is strong, with enough attractive women to keep me smiling. I do miss the old monk from Mr. Dolan's earlier work, though.
Lee Holz
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Fans of John Dolan and his detective David Braddock get more than they hoped for in Restless Earth, the first book of his new Karma’s Children series. There is the tight, intricate plot. There is plenty of action and appropriate sex. Characters are interesting, complex and three-dimensional. However, there is an even greater psychological and philosophic depth. At the beginning, Braddock is still in mid-life crisis and suffering from angst, but read on. This is a compulsory pa
Seth Sulkin
Had potential, but ultimately disappointing

I liked John Dolan’s previous books that all centered around Thailand. This time, he weaves through stories of various people around the world that appear to be unrelated. Once he leaves Thailand, however, the narrative is flat and boring. The ending was abrupt and poorly done. Portions of the book are enjoyable, but overall, I cannot recommend it.
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Katherine L.
This was an average good read. I enjoyed the mystery, but I didn’t like the ending.
Tony McManus
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, the Kho Samui PI, David Braddock is back. And I am delighted. I first met Braddock in ‘Everyone Burns’ while recuperating in a Chiang Mai hospital and was instantly hooked. I went on to read, in sequence, the three novels that followed, comprising John Dolan’s ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ series, and thoroughly enjoyed them. I was surprised to find that with ‘Restless Earth’ Dolan has commenced a new phase in the Braddock saga; ‘Karma’s Children.’ For some, it’s the start of a new series, but I d ...more
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"Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author, polymath and occasional smarty-pants."

John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time bet

Other books in the series

Children of Karma (3 books)
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