Retribution Road (Paperback)
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Retribution Road (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages
Published: 12/07/2018
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Echoing the mood of the BBC’s hit series Taboo, the third translated novel by Antoine Varenne mixes blood and grit on the streets of Victorian London for a Buchanesque tale.

"We owe you our lives, Sergeant, but you are our worst nightmare . . ."

Burma, 1852.

Arthur Bowman, a sergeant in the East India Company, is sent on a secret mission during the Second Anglo-Burmese War. But the expedition is foiled - his men are captured and tortured. Throughout their ordeal, a single word becomes Bowman's mantra, a word that will stiffen their powers of endurance in the face of unimaginable suffering: survival. But despite his determination, only a handful escape with their lives.

Some years later in London, battling his ghosts through a haze of alcohol and opium, Bowman discovers a mutilated corpse in a sewer. The victim appears to have been subjected to the same torments as Bowman endured in the Burmese jungle. And the word ‘survival’ has been daubed in blood by the body's side.

Persuaded that the culprit is one of the men who shared his captivity, Bowman resolves to hunt him down.

From the Burmese jungle to the slums of London to the conquest of the Wild West, author Antonin Varenne takes us on a thrilling journey full of sound and unabated fury, reviving the lapsed tradition of the great writers of boundless adventure. Sergeant Bowman belongs to that breed of heroes who inhabit the imaginations of Conrad, Kipling, Stevenson… lost soldiers who have plunged into the heart of darkness and will cross the globe in search of vengeance and redemption. The third novel by Antoinin Varenne to be translated, as the Financial Times writes, ‘what is boldest here is the genre-splicing, with elements from Western, detective and even war novel kept in exhilarating balance’; the result is a riveting read.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857053732
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A great adventure story . . . The excellent Three Thousand Horsepower bears the mark of Joseph Conrad and Robert Louis Stevenson . . . Antonin Varenne has dealt a masterstroke - François Busnel, L'Express

An adventure story, a crime novel, a war story and a western ... This book is a magnificent achievement - Thomas Delecroix, Page

A flamboyant adventure story ... a powerful novel that poses new questions about male violence - Livres Hebdo

A literary firework: Antonin Varenne has written one of the most thrilling, most original books of the year - Julien Bisson, Lire

Unique, hair-raising, jam-packed, shocking, even unsettling, the excellent Three Thousand Horsepower is a new sensation - Clémentine Thiebault and Mikaël Demets, Le Monde

Antonin Varenne heralds the return of the great adventure novel. Magnificent - Marie Rogatien, Figaro magazine

Remarkable ... A novel that will haunt you long after you finish reading it - R.R., La Revue

Antonin Varenne's Retribution Road is part Bernard Cornwell, part John le Carré and all of a hell of a read. Few authors have the chops to take on a historical epic, a serial killer thriller and an intimate character study but Varenne's latest novel should place him at the very top of every reading list. - Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries

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Raven88

“Quite possibly my book of the year...”

I have tried and failed to write a coherent review of Retribution Road, with several attempts, as it’s impossible to do justice as an amateur reviewer to the sheer magnificence of this novel. Adopting the form of an... More

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“A competent editor could turn this into a decent book”

There is is much to admire in the scope and plot of the novel.

A competent editor who snipped out 100 or so pages of the meandering, repetitive Old West phases of the narrative could turn this into a decent, rather... More

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