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After the Monsoon

(Ernst Grip #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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From the author of the international bestseller The Swede comes an electrifying thriller set in the terrorist- and pirate-infested world of the Horn of Africa-where the sea caresses the desert, alliances shift like sand, and a Swedish detective can count on nothing but his own shrewdness to survive.A Swedish army lieutenant drops dead on a shooting range in the
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Published July 3rd 2018 by HarperCollins (first published 2016)
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Ah we got a second Grip. Once again Karjel takes his Grip and us to a place not currently in the spotlight. I think he loves shining light into these shadowy places. This time it is to the shadows that hide under the blazing sun of the Indian Ocean. Straight into the fray with the pirates, stolen families, stolen boys and the people caught in between. Because there are always people caught in between the teeth of the sharks that roam around us.

Although this book can easily be read as a standalon

AGAIN, Robert Karjel takes a political-military-spy thriller to a whole new level. If you'll find another author who writes at least approximately in the same manner, please let me know IMMEDIATELY! I need more of Ernst Grip, I need more of Robert Karjel's intelligent intriguing twisting plot and I need more of his complex multilayered characters.

I knew AGAIN at 50% ALREADY that this book would be a winner for me. If I could, I would give it more than 5 stars. If you ask me which book I love mo
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katerina by: Lena♥Ribka
Shelves: lena-s-treasures
I'm curious if there's more to come.

Fascinating, though sometimes a bit confusing, who makes which move. A lot of money changes hands. Debts are claimed. Situations changed for the better and I wondered, who pulls the strings?
Ernst Grip's private life is in limbo. I hope we read more about him soon.
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2017
Ernst Grip is sent to Djibouti to investigate the death of a Swedish soldier noone there seems overly keen for him to look into. Meanwhile, a Swedish family sailing around the world has been kidnapped by pirates demanding an outrageous sum of money for their release. As Grip slowly pieces together the circumstances that led to the soldier's death, he stumbles upon evidence that both cases could be related.

After reading the brilliant first book featuring Ernst Grip, The Swede, I was thrilled to f
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Giulio by: Lena♥Ribka
Shelves: mystery
Beautiful setting: the horn of Africa (both in its extreme poverty and ludicrous luxury hotels and secluded islands)
A compelling plot, with with a somber Swedish detective and shady modern pirates. The kidnapping parts were quite unsettling
Minor complaint:

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Great read
Chris Pavone
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Below is my review of this book that appeared in the New York Times Book Review . . .

By Chris Pavone
July 19, 2018

Peter Hoeg’s 1992 publishing sensation, “Smilla’s Sense of Snow,” was America’s gateway drug to a long-term dependency on Nordic noir, suspense novels in which the placid progressive surface — health care, tolerance, bicycles — is routinely shattered by neo-Nazis, rapists, neo-Nazi rapists. Just maybe, despite our more than 30,000 annual gun deaths and mass incarceration and unconsci
Robert Muller
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't compare this book to anything I've read, because I really don't think there is another book quite like it. I think the author brings a realism to the military action that goes far beyond most military thrillers, and perhaps an international perspective sorely needed in English-language thrillers. The Djibouti setting is wonderful. The characters are compelling. The writing is very different, slightly out of focus and elusive in ways I have trouble pinning down, much as does the main char ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The setting—Djibouti—is interesting, if depressing. The main character, Grip, was introduced in Karjel's first book ("The Swede"). Grip works for a branch of the Swedish military that provides bodyguards and investigates dicey murders. He is gloomy, but he has his reasons. His task is to investigate the death of a Swedish naval lieutenant by a local on a firing range. The Swedish sailors present are all very coy about the death, their captain is thick as a brick, and the death is connected to ev ...more
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, a novel dealing with Somali pirates, a kidnapped family of four from the open seas, a murder of a Swedish lieutenant on Djibouti, and the fight against terrorism. Quite eye-opening and suspenseful.
Garth Pettersen
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading After the Monsoon. I thought it was fresh and unique, particularly as it's a Swedish novel with a Swedish protagonist in Africa (American protagonists have become stereotypical in so many thrillers). Strong characters, interesting plot, consistent pacing.
Ned Frederick
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The juxtaposition of extremes always has the potential to infuse a narrative with an extra jolt of energy. And, in Robert Karjel's After the Monsoon, mixing calm, logical, and morally enlightened Swedish investigators and peacekeepers with the exotic, khat-fueled and morally bankrupt craziness of the Horn of Africa certainly conjures up some amazing sparks. Pirates, Swedish Military, geopolitical shenanigans, scandal, murder, sexual-preference politics, and just the right dose of action make thi ...more
Christina Gustavson
Robert Karjel: Efter monsunen
ISBN: 9789198182057, Förlag: Partners in Stories 2016

Under en otillåten skjutövning anordnad av MovCon-enheten dödas en svensk löjtnant av ett skott. Från Sverige skickas en SÄPO-agent, Ernst Grip, för att utreda fallet. En somalier är redan fängslad och alla verkar bara vilja ha en officiell bekräftelse för att fallet skall kunna läggas åt sidan. Vittnesmålen är väl tillrättalagda och Grip fattar ovälkomna misstankar. Han påbörjar en egen utredning som leder honom f
Darren Grainger
I was so looking forward to more adventures with Ernst Grip my gay James Bond only I found out he was really bisexual which changed the dynamic of the character for me. I hate that his male lover was killed off, and the first woman to come along snags him. I know for a bisexual character it is important to show his interest in both sexes, I just was hoping for once the character would go on to have other same-sex relationship. It is a compliment to the author that I fell so heavily in love with ...more
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Got better as it went along. Although I figured out a couple of the major mystery’s answers long before they were revealed, it didn’t annoy me because there was so much else going on that was suspenseful and interesting. There were a couple details that seemed implausible to me, and I was deeply disturbed about what we never know happened offscreen to the kidnapped daughter, but overall it was a suspenseful read so I had to keep reading to find out what would happen.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Djibouti is the main setting for this tale of pirates, soldiers, and police officers. It's a fascinatingly convoluted maze of various plot lines and eccentric characters that intersect, disengage, and finally resolve into an exciting and satisfying whole. I have not read The Swede, although I have enjoyed others in the Nordic noir / suspense novel genre, so I'll check my local library for a copy that first story of Ernst Grip.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swedish
Entertaining and engrossing - a very wealthy Swedish family, mother, father, two kids, set off on an adventure, a multi-year sailing trip is planned. Ignoring advice, they sail into dangerous waters, off the coast of Somalia, where they are kidnapped. Meanwhile, a Swedish security officer is sent to Mogodishu to learn more about the killing of a Swedish army officer. Interesting and gripping.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mcn
6/26/18 Full review tk.
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller is unusual and exciting because it takes a Swedish perspective on terrorism, torture, piracy and the C.I.A. It is a gripping yet nuanced story of compromise, defeat and partial success.
Deb W
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: left-unfinished
I couldn't keep listening to the reader dragging out the sentences. It might be a good book to read, or maybe if the reader was different.
Christy Kirk
Finally, a thrilling thriller. Th
Yvonne Speece
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book #2 in the series - i thought it was better than book #1 - now i can't wait for the next one. I just love these Scandinavian authors!
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4.5. I really liked this one but not quite a 5 star
Beth Cook
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I took The Swede out of the library. I really enjoyed this story. I like the traits and motives of Ernst Grip. Good book. I want more.
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