Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter SixtySeven to Chapter SeventyOne

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far-  On the otherside of the world Chariles and his wife Rhonda start to plan a escape route but not before asking the boys for money, After Harry drills holes in the boat he follows Enzo who ends up at wearhouse and after having a look around it Harry sets it on fire.

Carter has the IRS call at his door asking about the Bruschetti he gets to is office and is able to link the boat, so he calls for a meeting.

As all is going on Max gets Rocco to bring Lizzie to the club, they talk Lizzie and after making her dinner they end up in bed together, and are found by Carter and the other two Bruschetti brothers, the meeting starts and Harry takes a look around,

Just as he’s about to call of back-up a few people decamp out the doors of the club and one of the men has a hartattck and the other hits Harry on the back of the head.

Chapter SixtySeven – Harry regains consciousness and leans that Max, Enzo, Sal, Benny, Rocco and Carter are all waiting for someone named Furella, When she turns up Carter recaps the fact the IRS man called and the mistake of boys being linked to the boat.

Carter is well out of his depth and starts to rant about his lies to family, Furella tells him to can it and face it like a man. Then they all join in on Carter, as things get more heated Carter pulls his gun and the room freezs  Carter rants a little more and then boom a bullet hits him through one of his eyes and lays dead on the floor.

Benny the driver did it and now the there is mad dash to get the body out, they work as team and clean up, watching all this is Harry who now knows when his time comes it will be quick, then he sees that in all the panic, Max has quietly slipped away.

Chapter SixtyEight – Upstairs Lizzie is tied to the bed, upset at herself all her training the years of schooling all gone in a flash, she has no idea who she is now, then Max comes into the room, he unties her and gives her back her clothes.

He tells her about Carter and Villiers without using their names and that he want her to help him, hide away from everyone which will take cash, she says it a pity Harry jumped off the boat as he could have help. Then Max tells her to take off her clothes again.

Chapter SixtyNine – Still tied to the chair Harry watchs as Benny comes and pours himself a dink when Max walk down stairs, Benny tells him were everyon went, Enzo and Rocco are stll here just in the office. Max tells Benny to go there to.

He then questions Harry who tells him about the boat, the warehouse and wanting to keep the money but changing his mind. Max ask about smugging the cash and Harry tells him that to. Max unties Harry and they head to the end of the corridor to door marked Berlin. The catch is that if Harry can’t do it a second time Lizzie will be killed and him also. And this time its Three million.

Chapter Seventy – Max heads up to the office to talk to Enzo, Cora and Rocco he tells them to shut down Mazaras saying it a sanitation violations give eveyone a month wage, He tells Cora to go on vacation, Ezno to get a bunch of cases and then take them to stash house, Max is going to pay Villiers off and use Harry for the transfer.

Enzo just wants to send Rocco but Max says sending Harry and the money will make Villiers feel safe then bang Rocco steps in, Harry will play along as they have Lizzie

Chapter SeventyOne – In the vault Harry is laying down thinking about how to move the money, when Rocco comes in, Harry asks for a bottle of red wine, razor, soap and clean clean clothes.

What I Think – So we got Carter the guy that was lead into the book, for all of five minutes and bang his now dead, I have the feeling that Mr McCallum was to sure who to start his book with so that’s why we have both Carter and Harry. 

Now Lizzie who started out as strong powerful female cop has become somewhat of a football being kicked into bed frist by Harry, so she could get to do the fatching and carrying and now Max for what I not to sure, it did give him a hart attrak but Lizzie counld’nt have know that.

All The Right Words – The Results So Far 

Well no-one left a vote or a comment under my last All The Right Words post, and I put a poll over on my twitter page and only two people voted. Which I am little disappointed with, as I know there a few people who have liked the post, so I am going to exend the voting for another week. 

The list will remaind the same

James Ellroy – La Confidential

Tom Clancy – The Hunt For Red October

Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

Robert Harris – The Ghost

Pierre Boulle – Planet Of the Apes.

And all you have do is comment on the original post 

https://martynjamesmoore.wordpress.com/2017/04/14/all-the-right-words-which-one-next/?preview=true

or even this one, I do have two and if no one votes or comments again those will be counted and action will taken. I want to be fare to eveyone to give them time to vote.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Sunshiny Sail 

Once again its time to move, being yards away from Victoria Pit Marina has been a little like being on sholder of the M25. Nothing bad but a lot other boats have been past so every few days I have had tighten up the ropes. I am just used to being out in the sticks, I guess.

At frist Ezri didn’t want move off her morring chain locked up, and took both me, Dad and a small screwdriver and plier set to undo it, ropes untied and we were off. Dad be look out and Ezri’s engine humming away, the sun above us as the adventure continues.

I always get a odd feeling when Ezri and I me have been stood still for a few days, moving her feels like a impossible task 35 feets worth of steel and glass, and everything inside it. Its like she comes alive again. 

You may think I mad and sometimes I do to. But ever since we have join the Peak and now the Mac is Ezri that does most of the work, all I do is turn the key and point her in a vage direction and she just takes over.

Not like when we first set out there were days when all did was push and pull her around, amd her getting her own back by bashing hands at lock or trying to run away, all that just to get to Littleborugh and then though to evil Rochdale. But now like I said Ezri just potters about from one place to the next.

The following video proves my point we’ve never been here and its Ezri doing all the work. 

As always thank you for read and see you next week.
Total Miles covered so far (Start point Bugsworth) =  21 miles 1 furlong

Miles covered this trip = 1 miles 4 3/4 furlongs

Places been/Stopped- Bugsworth, Strines Road Narrows, Carr Swing Bridge, Bancroft Bridge No 8, Higher Poynton Winding Hole.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FiftyNine to Chapter SixtySix

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far- Charles Villiers goes home to find Rhonda planning to run, but not before asking the boys for money, Max tells Enzo to question Harry’s girl so they take her from one place to another and she knows her end is near. Harry follows Enzo and learns the family so rings the nice policeman who then links the boys to Mr Carter Allinson, who when the cops leave tells his wife all about his past.

Chapter FiftyNine – Harry follows Enzo to a big warehouse were he has two choices, keep following Ezno or take a look around to find the place were they have Lizzie. Using his drill bits he able to lift a glass pane out of a window, but is falls and shatters to the floor but thank fully no one comes to investigate.

He finds three men walking around and one by one the each head into a office were Harry is able to wedge the door shut and move around the rest of the place.

Working his way quickly though a few room he finds the MENS room which has a small pile of cigarette butts a few with traces of mauve lipstick so Lizzie has been here, but for how long. Best thing to was to use the same tatics as the boat, he rigs up something so he can cut the power and not be eletrocuted, but is goes badly wrong is starts a huge fire so he runs and fast on the car radio he’s told the fire is now the entire block but there are no fatalities or injuries but Harry’s not sure that ture.

Chapter Sixty – Carter is back in his office his family life is over, divorce is inevitable. Professionally he doubted anything would happen thanks to the IRS man. Opening his safe he takes out several boxes that can maybe link him to the Bruschettis, How did the IRS man link him to the boat. But the link is not in the box. Where else could he look. His assistants office and after looking he finds it – Martinson Metal Recycling Company own a boat and the directors are the Bruschetti brothers.

He needed to talk to them, he takes out a Olympus voice recorder and from a small tin box a Beretta 3032 Tomcat.

Chapter SixtyOne – Inside the basement of Mazaras Max starts to question Lizzie who keeps to her story about Harry having spare ticket, and her working for Honeybee Travel Max even calls them and sure Elizabeth Carswell work there. More questions about Harry all little things

Then Max asks why she doesn’t have a regular boyfriend, and if all she’s after is a good time he can help her out with that. Max tells her want he does and does it bother her and she says no as it all kind of unreal it being in America.

They talk a bit more in the end Max takes Lizzie upstairs, Upstairs Max plays Chef and cooks steaks for both of them, they eat and talk Lizzie role playing the good time girl, Max showing off a little. At the of the meal Max takes Lizzie on a little tour and they end up in bed.

Chapter SixtyTwo – Enzo gets a call from Carter they work out a meeting place Mazara and we find out that he bought Gazelle.

Chapter SixtyThree – Enzo calls Sal and now he makes he way to Mazaras

Chapter SixityFour – Harry still reeling from the warehouse stands vigil outside the apartment were Enzo is and is taken by surprise when he comes flying out the door.

Chapter SixityFive – Carter, Sal and Enzo walk in a find Max in bed with a girl, he’s get dress and the meeting starts a phone calls stops everything Furella tells them the warehouse burnt down Vic and Toshi are safe but Blackthorn is dead. Who are now on their way here.

Sal works out that Harry maybe following one of the but who and if he is he wants him in one piece.

Chapter SixitySix -Outside its time for Harry to call the FED for help but as he’s about do so two guy come out to look around Harry knows they will see him so runs the first ends up falling to the ground with chest pains the second hits on the side of the head kncoking him senseless.

What I think – So everything is getting linked together, all nice simple with Harry boucing from one point to another. But I do have trouble with Lizzie and Max I guess that the sex was used as lead up for his hart attck in the later chapters but I sure there could have been a better way that Lizzie being on her back again.

All The Right Words – Which One Next ? 

We have reached the end of The Ipcrress File blog posts last week, we have covered the book, flim and even a audio drama by the BBC. Which show us three different worlds using the same base characters. And even if the those differences were very small it was fun finding them and working why they were needed. In the case of the flim it was mostly about cost and the audio drama was bulding on the flim soundtrack and knowing it place in the world with few in jokes.

So the question becomes want do I read next, well that’s were you come in dear reader, I have a list of five authors, and I am going to let pick who it will be. Just like the last time we start with the original book, then move on to any film adaptation that was made and if there is a free audio drama or a cheap audio book I will review that to

So in no real order here are the authors and their books

James Ellroy – La Confidential

Tom Clancy – The Hunt For Red October

Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

Robert Harris – The Ghost

Pierre Boulle – Planet Of the Apes.

To pick which one I read all you have to do is write the authors name comment section under this post.  And one week later when I have counted to votes the blog will start, if there are no votes or no clear winner I draw one at random. But were is the fun in that. 

Yes I know there no woman authors on my list but that is because the many books I have by woman authors are mostly crime fiction, Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell, Ellis Peters, P. D. James and Val McDermid, and their book end up as episodic TV shows or mini hour long one offs which are hard to find on DVD or the story is in the middle of a run of 24 and some how inerlinks with everthing else. But that’s a blog for another time.

So if you have done thank you reading and don’t forget to vote

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – By the Numbers

The whole point of this adventure is a that Ezri and me do a 100 miles, I have been doing my best to keep up with how many miles we have done so far, but the thing is that the numbers don’t add up. 

The last time we moved from Bancroft Pipe Bridge to Higher Poynton Winding Hole that makes 2 miles and so I though it would add to 22 miles but want it really is 19 miles 5 furlong. I will walk you though the maths and the miles.

Bugsworth = 0 miles

Stains Road Narrows = 6 miles 2 1/4 furlongs

Carr Swing Bridge  = 4 miles 1 furlongs

Leaving  Peak Forest Canal – Macclesfield Canal

Bancroft Pipe Bridge = 6 miles 2 1/4 furlongs 

Higher Poynton Winding Hole = 2 miles 4 furlongs

So we take the big simple numbers 6+4+6+2= 18 miles 

Now for the furlongs 2+1+2+4+4= 13 furlongs 

But there is 1 mile to every 8 furlongs so 8 – 13 = 5 furlongs and we have 1 new big number to add to the over all miles and that’s were get 19 miles and 5 furlongs. That means thats I was out by 3 miles, which can be made up over the adventure anyway.

Using the map was desinged and illustrationed by Bek Cruddce (search Bek Cruddce or read my Mapped Out blog post) I have marked once again in purple our trip but also marked the miles we have coverd.

The other odd thing is, that if you do the whole trip without stops it only 10 miles, 7 1/4 furlongs which I not sure understand because its all the same trip. 

So if you have been thank you for reading and see you next week.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FiftyThree to Chapter FiftyEight

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far- Max tells Cora that he want to shut down the club and she’s Ok with it, As for Harry well the cops don’t really know want to do next, its all dead ends and want to put him witness protection so he makes another break for it this time he takes on the role of a homeless men to hide.

 Rhonda Villiers gets a call from Harry who tells her to go to the police, but she has other ideas which she had going on for years.

Harry then works on a plan to get hold of EB blow up the boat he was on, but a better idea would be to sink it so he buys a drill and wet suit, he drills a few holes and in a few hours later EB turns up.

Chapter FiftyThree – Charles Villiers goes home to find Rhonda she’s planing a little trip, She tells Charles to go for a bath, as they eat Charles tells her want has been going on. He tells her that he gave the police the number he has for the Bruschetti the whole thing was off the books so they let me go.

Rhonda thinks Charles should ask Max for some retirement momey but Charles doesn’t think its a good idea but Rhonda says he’s no other choice.

Chapter FiftyFour – After the call Villiers made Max is no a happy man, its time call Enzo and put a stop to the mess. But Enzo calls him and tells him the boat is now under water and he’s going to see Rocco who will make Murphy’s girl talk.

Chapter FiftyFive – Rocco takes Lizzie out her cell and drives her silently to a new place, the new place is dark basement with a WC, Lizzie knows her life is over and so is Harry’s but she know no one will save her but she will get out.

Chapter FiftySix – Harry follows Enzo to an apatment building but is stopped from following him any more by a doorman, he plays a new york sicilian and gets out of the way, now he needs information so he rings Rienzi who going to look up Enzo Bruschetti and Harry will call back.

Chapter FiftySeven – Rienzi rings MacAvoy and gives him the good news that Harry is still around but will not come in.

Luigi gets hold of some information which leads him to the offices of Walker, Martin, Pomeranz and Fisher, but the guy in charge has gone home for the day and that man would one Mr Carter Allinson.  And a few questions Luigi is sure that Mr Allinson is quilty of something. And with that Luigi leaves

Chapter FiftyEight – Fiona then asks Carter the same question Luigi just did 

‘Who’s Bruschetti?’

So Carter tells her the turth about selling drugs in collage, and the blackmail, Fiona blows her top and tells Carter to do whatever he needs to do to save his rotten, filthy skin.

What I think – Well everything is linking together Harry sinks the boat which brings Enzo down which then gets the cops and the IRS and then back to the guy back the start of this book Mr Allinson, I still think that we have seen to little of Mr Allinson to really care what happens to him in the end. But as for Harry and Lizzie only time will tell

All The Right Words – The Ipcress File by Len Deighton. 

The following blog will have Spoilers for The Ipcress File BBC Radio Four Extra audio drama starring Ian Hart and spoilers for the book and the flim of the same name.

The story -The CIA man wakes the spy and tells him that he’s now full of drugs to help with his memory and then beats him up as he asks questions, the beating gets wose the CIA man ask the spy about Stev Marsh, the man dead on the tower, but all the spy can think is were Dalby could and why is he not helping.

They even call the spys father into question, the CIA man hands over the spy to the Hungarians so that the US can have two of their pilots back, the spy is Knocked unconscious and then we hear the sound of the soundtrack for the Ipcress Tape.

Despite slowly regain consciousness and he tells us that two days maybe 3 days have passed Then later food Is push to the opening of the door Something like porridge and water, the water contains more drugs. A few more days passed and then walks a small man, who says 

“Sky is blue earth is black”

“So what” Our spy says and is hit 

The spy gets hit every time he gets something wrong, There is a lot of pain and  until he gets everything right, There is just the food with the drugs nothing more, then one day a british fella comes into the cell and tells our spy that in simple trems he’s on his own.

More of the little man and his funny questions, but the spy now has a paperclip from the british fellas paper work.He uses the paperclip on the soft lock of the cell and runs he fuses the light with sliver paper from a cigarette box he finds he runs some more And is faced with a  wall which he climbs, he falls off the othe side into what he thinks is a trip wire but is really some guy runner bean frame. He back in england east London, in hides in a hotel room and works out what to do next.

Happy he got out he realises how close he came to being brainwashed and believing everything he was told, He then calls the office almost to see Dalby and the others Using a fall back position, He sees Jean and tell her all he knows, And she said that she wanted to sell him back to Dalby the spy asked to be taken to Guildford.

At Dalby’s home the spy see the three men, Dalby, Jay and the little man with the funny question but before he can get inside, Chio turns up with a gun at the spy back tells hi that he’s MI5 and to do as he asks but Jean knocks out Chio just Jay is leaving .

The spy and Jean follow Jay to his own house, leaving Chio the spy get Jean to call Ross and the others and goes inside, Just like thw book Jay is cooking a meal, Jay goes on to explain that he controls people, And thier loyalty to whoever or whatever he is paid to make them believe in.

Dalby setup the spy up so that they could have something to give the CIA, Ross and the other walks and take away Jay. Toghter he and the spy eat the cooked food.

Back in the office, Ross now running things and the IBM computer, the spy asks how he knew Ross could trust him, well you didn’t buy the file. A few seconds later Jay walks in the door now working for the good guys.

End of Audio End of Story.

What I think- So we reach the end of all the incarnations of the ipcress files I have. And yes they are the same story and tell the same basic story of a working class spy being brianwashed by the up class old boys network. 

But they do it in a different style the book drives home the point every two or three pages. And the spy is quick witted and knows a few tricks to help himself out.

The flim well the spy is still working class and quick witted but makes up a lot of want he does not know on the spot working and following others like Jock. But dumps others like Chio and half the office staff, and they give the spy a name

Now the audio is a mix of both it sticks closer to the book as they do leave england, the spy is able to make jokes about James Bond and George Smiley so they know its position within the existing universe If you’re interested in the world of Harry Palmer I would watch the flims but if want know about the spy or the Len Deighton world I would just read the books.

Narrowboat Ezri – The 100 Miles Adventure – Boxing Clever

There maybe more warm summer days and cool nights on the way so want better time to work on the coal stroage.The plan was always to have storage on the bow to help with Ezri’s weight issue, the first plan was to have a huge metal box and then spilt it into three one water, one wood and the last coal.

But metal sheet is very costly and I have no clue on I make it water tight, so it was to become just a wood and coal box, I have seen along the towpath and on a few narrowboats garden boxes which lock and can’t be lifted off the boat.

So off I went in search of one of these boxes But no matter which ones I saw they were always too big either too large or too high, but them I saw rows of flower boxes the kind thing you plant  small flowers in and stand next to your fornt door.

 They were the right size made out of wood with no lid and not the right colour but with a few modifications I could make it work, Dad said it would need painting and started looking at brown wood paint but I found some coloured wood paint which matched Ezri.

Using the wood we had left over from renewing the doors we set about making a lid which would open but also keep the coal dry. So as dad work out that I painted the box three coats on each side.

Now the question was want to cover the lid with in we could just paint it, but my uncle had given me so water proof floor cover which I had though about using on Ezri’s back but it would be better for the box lids. A few hours work and Ezri now has a outside coal box and weight at her bow end. There are few other things we did but I not going tell but there are to do making sure the box can’t be lifted off Ezri and keep people out.

Bookends – Bookreview- Once A Crooked Man by David McCallum – Chapter FortyNine to Chapter FiftyTwo

The follow blog will have Spoilers and a plot outline for the book Once a Crooked Man by David McCallum leave now if don’t want to know what has been go on.

The Book so far-Harry jumps off the boat Ezno has him on and is believed drowned by everyone, by really he’s swiming for his life. The brother go after the next person they have Lizzie who sticks to her story and gives nothing away.

Max goes to see Vic to tell him to shut down his end of the bussiness but it becomes clear that there is no link to the family save the name so they come up with idea that Vic will move out of the state. As he walks out the office Max sets off a old trap which makes him makes him feel very unwell.

Harry relives a memory as he floats down the river which wakes him up just in time he’s able to pull himslef out and with huge effort walks the 12 blocks home and falls asleep.

Chapter FortyNine – Still feelimg unwell Nino takes Max back to Mazaras were Cora is cleaning up, Max tells her everything she tells him to kill everyone, Villiers when he surfaces and anyone who knows anything. 

He also wants to shut down the club which is fine with Cora she will come up with a story, and when the Limey girl tells them were the money is she can join her buddy in the Hudson.

Chapter Fifty – Harry is woke up by MacAvoy and team one of them know him from the flims he’s done. MacAvoy asks were Lizzie is but Harry has no idea. They checked the boat and got a nasty surprise when they couldn’t find him. And are impressed that he swam back to shore.

Harry over hears the fact that MacAvoy want out doesn’t want be involved, it started out as routine arms deal but now this mess, but Harry has other plans he get the guys to leave but not before learining that is a Al-Qaeda plot not a IRA one.

Working quickly he rehides the money in a hole and puts together all the things he needs to play a vagrant and jumps out the kitchen window down the fire escape and away from MacAvoy and the Witness Protection Program.

As a vagrant he walks around until he runs into a real street preson and for fifty dollors he shows Harry were he sleeps and rents the space he’s shown, sitting there he works out the best place to start is the Marina.

If he could blow up the boat at its moorings EB would come running, when he goes to the Marina he changes his mind sinking it would work just as well.

Chapter FiftyOne – Rhonda Villiers get calls from Harry telling her about the police and Lizzie and she has to make up her mind where or not to ring them herself.

We then relive the day her father kills himself because of a Tax bill and then day she meets Charles who works in the Diplomatic service, It turns out that she would ask Charles to carry thing in diplomatic pouch which her brother would then sell doing this she now has stack of cash all to avenge her father.

She calls the number Harry gives her and ask what if anything her husband is being charged with.

Chapter FiftyTwo- Harry goes and buys a electic drill, a mask and a snorkel and then goes back to his box house only to smash it when a rat comes by so homelessness is no longer an option so he rents a car.

Under the cover darkness he’s able to reach the boat only to find out that he needs to make a starter hole he about to give in when DeWalt provided a Phillip head bit using this and holding the ropes of the boat he’s able to make ten small holes.

He get out of the Marina and back into his car and from the top of a parking lot is able to watch and wait slowly the boat starts to sink and at one o’clock the following afternoon and black town car pulls up and out gets EB.

What I think – When Harry frist starting playing the hero I did think here we go some huge over blown Die Hard tale but no nothing, like that Lizzie is still all lost the cops want to walk away and the bad guys are doing there best to hold it together. Harry is thinking takiing on a role each time to deal with each problem as it presents itself can’t blow something up then sink it.