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The Green Ripper

The Green Ripper McGee has become part of our national fabric SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCERBeautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches strolling sailing relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee s houseboat T

  • Title: The Green Ripper
  • Author: John D. MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9780449224816
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • McGee has become part of our national fabric SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCERBeautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches, strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee s houseboat, The Busted Flush McGee was too smart and had been around too long for many of them to touch his heart Now, however, there was Gretel She had discovered the key to McGee McGee has become part of our national fabric SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCERBeautiful girls always grace the Florida beaches, strolling, sailing, relaxing at the many parties on Travis McGee s houseboat, The Busted Flush McGee was too smart and had been around too long for many of them to touch his heart Now, however, there was Gretel She had discovered the key to McGee to all of him and now he had something to hope for Then, terribly, unexpectedly, she was dead From a mysterious illness, or so they said But McGee knew the truth, that Gretel had been murdered And now he was out for blood

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    1. When Travis McGee goes undercover it’s usually in a bed with some cute beach bunny, but this time McGee has a more serious reason. REVENGE!The series has reached 1980 and with the free love and disco days gone McGee has settled down and is in a relationship with Gretel Howard. Just as he’s getting ready to sail off into the sunset with his lady love, Gretel tells McGee about having a chance encounter with a man she’d seen in an odd situation years before. Suddenly, Gretel dies of a mysteri [...]

    2. When I was in college in the late eighties and the Iron Curtain was swaying in the changing wind, I had a political science professor who had ideas about clandestine groups sharing an underground network of training and weapons. He liked to talk to a few of us and said once, chillingly, about how he had proof that South American drug cartels were associated with Middle Eastern groups, their only connection seemingly their pledge to chaos and a new world order under new rules. Then he said the st [...]

    3. The pinnacle of the Travis McGee sequence?That is my question mark added to the statement made by HRF Keating in his Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books; he goes on to compare the latter MacDonald and McGee novels to none other than Charles Dickens.It is not unfair to compare MacDonald to Dickens the novelist of feelings, of sentiment, and of sentimentalityI quite happily admit to never having read a Dickens novel despite my education in the English school system but he has a fair point in att [...]

    4. While I can and do appreciate that the eighteenth instalment of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee mysteries is engagingly told and features a both frightening and yes, strangely engaging scenario, and while I am well aware that John D. MacDonald's The Green Ripper has actually even won multiple awards, I was and still remain profoundly disappointed with and by this novel, not so much because of the storyline itself, not because of the featured themes and writing style (although how Travis McGee i [...]

    5. Okay now this was more like it. After the disappointing A Tan and Sandy Silence I was glad to see that Mr. McGee was capable of being one of the great Last Action Heroes. I'll keep this one short. Once again Mr. McGee loses his ladylove (If I was a lady I would run away as fast as I could from Travis. The life expectancy is not good)and he goes looking for the culprits. He finds a group of terrorists posing as a cult in California. They have plans for mayhem, but instead McGee deals out some may [...]

    6. THE GREEN RIPPER. (1979). John D. MacDonald. ****.This is actually my second read of this Travis McGee novel from MacDonald. I first read it about thirty years or so ago when it was first published. I figured that I had forgotten enough of its details that it would be like reading it for the first time. Turns out that it still comes across as an excellent thriller, although the plot structure is a little thin. What I did learn is that it won the National Book Award for its author – the first ( [...]

    7. This is the 2nd John D MacDonald book I've read, and I'm in love. The thriller aspect of it was fine and bloody, but that wasn't the reason I couldn't stop reading it. It was just so interesting. SO interesting. Which I did feel about the other one too. The details and the observations are remarkable and plentiful. I suppose I was also carried away by the suspense, but it wasn't obvious cookie cutter thriller suspense. I really like how MacDonald doesn't ever seem to be trying too hard. He was o [...]

    8. I'll put this book as one of my favorite Travis McGee adventures. It's fast and furious!!!While Gretel (Travis McGee's girlfriend) was working at "Bonnie Brae" she was abruptly inflected with a mysterious illness at her job a bugs bite, and died suddenly. McGee was suspecting that they're untruthful, and she was murdered.When Travis was informed by the government agent that Gretel's cause of death was poison a chemical structure was developed by Kamera a section of Dept. V of the KGB. Which afte [...]

    9. Taking off from the end of The "Empty Copper Sea", the "Green Ripper" marked what I consider the significant high point of the series. Certainly Travis is forced to endure emotional torment beyond what most of us would ever want, but he comes out of it with a belligerant intensity that makes this book the "Die Harder" of the series. The looks on the FBI and Intelligence guys faces at the end when they look at all Travis has wrought in seeking his vengence is priceless. If you liked any of these [...]

    10. Full disclosure: this is one of my all-time favorite novels, one of my all-time favorite thrillers, and my favorite Travis McGee novel. Maybe I’m biased, but I don’t think so.You could begin the series with this book, and many people have. However, doing that gave some readers the wrong impression of Travis McGee. You should really start with other books in the series: The Scarlet Ruse, Pale Gray for Guilt, The Turquoise Lament, and Dress Her in Indigo to see how the events in The Green Ripp [...]

    11. This is the darkest of all the Travis McGee novels. Trav infiltrates a group of terrorists on a mission of revenge. My favorite parts are where Travis does a Rambo; kicks ass, takes names…and anyone who manages (excuse me, womanages, see DAUGHTER MOON) to survive gets tied-up & turned into the Feds. I don’t quite buy the build-up, with McGee mooning over lost love, but John D. is the consummate professional, the top notch craftsman; even if the spark of early John D. MacDonald genius is [...]

    12. 24 jun 15#51 from macdonald for me and travis mcgee #18this is the first of 18 that begins like a continuation of the previous with gretel, a female lead in The Empty Copper Sea with travis aboard the busted flush in florida. gretel is the one, mcgee tells meyer, his economist friend and neighbor. we'll see but to date travis is decidedly and unabashedly a bachelor and unattached. just finished with the empty copper sea, three more left after this one, mcgee stories. 27 june 15finished. good sto [...]

    13. Make sure that you first read the previous book in this series, The Empty Copper Sea, as this one follows that more than the McGee books normally do.While I found this a satisfying quick read, I am beginning to feel that (view spoiler)[being one of McGee's female friends is a precarious position! Talk about 'unlucky in love'! (hide spoiler)]

    14. The Green Ripper continues from Travis's love interest in The Empty Copper Sea, Gretel, they're planning a life together until she is murdered. At this point Travis embarks on a mission of revenge to find the person responsible. It's definitely one of the more violent McGee books, however the additional violence felt very much in place and not merely added for the sake of it. Builds to an excellent ending, maybe the best book in the series so far, Tan & Sandy Silence seemed to have been a lo [...]

    15. Seeking to understand why his True-Love-of-the-Moment, Gretel Howard (introduced in THE EMPTY COPPER SEA), was murdered with what had to have been an assassin’s tool, the generally genial Travis McGee goes deep under cover as not-quite-bright commercial fisherman “Tom McGraw.” Bloody revenge is on his mind, and the only lead points to a guarded California encampment of the cultish Church of Apocrypha. Insinuating himself into the group, which has a strangely militaristic bent, McGee fully [...]

    16. “Green Ripper” is a strange title – and turns out to just be a wordplay (malapropism) on “Grim Reaper”, a comment Travis McGee in this his 18th novel (of 21) in the set overheard from a young child. It gives no clue to a plot in which Travis sets out to avenge the death of Gretel, a woman he apparently discovered in the just prior “Empty Copper Sea”, and for whom he has finally fallen hard enough to maybe marry or at least commit to an atypical permanent relationship. His search fo [...]

    17. The Green Ripper is the 18th McGee novel in a series of twenty one. Macdonald writes elegantly in an easy and engaging style. His characterisation is excellent, and he has a keen eye for observing and commenting on different social phenomena. The first half of the story is well plotted and paced, unfolding in a way that draws the reader in. The second half though lacked any real credibility. Whilst how the religious cult operates and the motivations behind their actions seemed realistic, how the [...]

    18. Wow, this is the one in the series that is a must read. The Green Ripper serves as a significant sign post in the overall character arc of Travis McGee. The level of writing in the last chapters and epilogue really spoke to me and where McGee was mentally. The story is captivating enough and considering this was written in the late '70's and first published in 1980, the content is as timely now as ever. It's not necessary to read the entire McGee saga, but if you have to read just 3 or so, this [...]

    19. McGee has decided that maybe, at last, he's found the Real Thing with Gretel, but then she's ruthlessly murdered -- worse, he and Meyer discover this is just one of a long series of killings involved with the plans of anarchistic revolutionaries hiding behind the mask of a religious cult, the Church of the Apocrypha. Except that, of course, the revolutionaries are actually being run by far more sinister forces . . . In due course, McGee infiltrates one of their armed training camps, and after th [...]

    20. John D. MacDonald and his Travis McGee books will always hold a special place in my heart. I discovered this series in 1987, just after I'd graduated from college. At the time, I was living alone in Washington, DC, and feeling very out-of-place as I rode the metro 45 minutes each way to/from Alexandria, VA. I was a small-town girl, out in the big city, and feeling every see-sawing emotion you'd expect: a bit overwhelmed, hopeful, anxious, confident, quavering But I could always count on Travis M [...]

    21. My second read of book 18 from the fabulous and completely unique Travis McGee series.McGee is on the trail of a group of terrorists who kill the woman he was beginning to think he might spend the rest of his life with. Infiltrating the group at source he seeks to stay alive, all the time plotting to stop them from causing mayhem. A strangely prophetic book when you consider the radicalisation of young men and women in this current era.Just proves my point againJohn D MacDonald was a master of t [...]

    22. John D. MacDonald and his character Travis McGee, for me, are at the same level as Robert B. Parker and Spencer. Except it took me awhile to really like RWP. With JDM, however, I liked the writing and the style after just one read which was the Green Ripper. Good first person writing and storytelling. Good introspection. Good action. Good good good. Looking forward to all the other many Travis McGee books.

    23. Bam. This is the one. 17 novels get you in the groove with a character, and then . . .Do not read this if you have not the others, preferably in order and close together. Simply breathtaking. One of the true classics of American Hard Boiled mystery fiction.

    24. The entire Travis McGee series is excellent. This is one of the more brutal of the stories, and one of the best.

    25. "The Green Ripper" is probably the tightest, most focused, of all the 21 Travis McGee novels. The title is what a young child thinks he hears when adults are talking about the Grim Reaper. And, that's exactly what comes and takes away Gretel, without whom all the time seemed "leaden and endless." She was the one who made Travis, that beach bum who trawled the waters off Florida in his 52foot houseboat ("The Busted Flush"), forget all about the girls of summer. When she dies quickly of a mysterio [...]

    26. This one was sad but very good, as usual. A lot of action and dealt with one of the "religions" that had cropped up back in the days of the suicide cults. I am still routing for Travis to have some good luck with romance. Have never heard of one man having so many women die on him. Three more books left in this series and am anxious to find out how it all ends. If there is anyone who hasn't read this series, you are missing a great one. McDonald's writing style and prose will draw you right into [...]

    27. There's a prescience in the terrorist threat in this 1979 story that foreshadows the current threat nearly 40 years later. McGee is now 15 years older than when he first became the cult hero and he is less believable and less likable. Although McDonald is one of the most lauded crime writers of his time, I found him to be unnecessarily wordy and uneven in tempo, battling stereotyped villains against almost insurmountable odds - and, of course, downing them all. The Green Ripper is sadly lacking [...]

    28. In my 20's I read every single Travis McGee novel. I loved the chauvinistic Mr McGee. A man who makes his living solving problems that the law can't! Living in Florida on his boat he loves & lives the life men envy & gorgeous women can't resist! John D. MacDonald wrote one of my top 10 favorite books - if you can find a copy of it buy it - The Girl, the gold watch and everything. A masterpiece.

    29. Extremely violent entry in the seriesVery gory entry to a fabulous series featuring Travis McAfee or McGraw (wink, wink). I believe this novel won a National Book Award.

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