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J.F. Riordan

The Audacity of Goats : A Novel

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<p>All is not well north of the tension line. A series of unsettling nighttime incidents have left the islanders uncertain whether to be nervous or annoyed. Are they victims of an elaborate teenage prank, or is there a malevolent stranger lurking on the island? Meanwhile, out-of-state owners of a new goat farm seem to consider themselves the self-proclaimed leaders of the island; Pali, the ferry captain, is troubled by his own unique version of writer's block; and Ben, the captain's ten year-old son, appears to be hiding something. But it is only when the imperturbable Lars Olafsen announces his retirement, and Stella declares her candidacy for office, that the islanders realize trouble is brewing. Fiona must decide whether it is time to leave the island for good, or to make another reckless gamble.</p> <p>Book two in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, <i>The Audacity of Goats</i> is the continuing tale of Fiona Campbell, and her reluctant adventures among the pleasures, mysteries, and exasperations of small town life</p>

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All is not well north of the tension line. A series of unsettling nighttime incidents have left the islanders uncertain whether to be nervous or annoyed. Are they victims of an elaborate teenage prank, or is there a malevolent stranger lurking on the island? Meanwhile, out-of-state owners of a new goat farm seem to consider themselves the self-proclaimed leaders of the island; Pali, the ferry captain, is troubled by his own unique version of writer's block; and Ben, the captain's ten year-old son, appears to be hiding something. But it is only when the imperturbable Lars Olafsen announces his retirement, and Stella declares her candidacy for office, that the islanders realize trouble is brewing. Fiona must decide whether it is time to leave the island for good, or to make another reckless gamble.

Book two in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, The Audacity of Goats is the continuing tale of Fiona Campbell, and her reluctant adventures among the pleasures, mysteries, and exasperations of small town life

All is not well north of the tension line. A series of unsettling nighttime incidents have left the islanders uncertain whether to be nervous or annoyed. Are they victims of an elaborate teenage prank, or is there a malevolent stranger lurking on the island? Meanwhile, out-of-state owners of a new goat farm seem to consider themselves the self-proclaimed leaders of the island; Pali, the ferry captain, is troubled by his own unique version of writer’s block; and Ben, the captain’s ten year-old son, appears to be hiding something. But it is only when the imperturbable Lars Olafsen announces his retirement, and Stella declares her candidacy for office, that the islanders realize trouble is brewing. Fiona must decide whether it is time to leave the island for good, or to make another reckless gamble.

Book two in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, The Audacity of Goats is the continuing tale of Fiona Campbell, and her reluctant adventures among the pleasures, mysteries, and exasperations of small town life

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Language
English
Series Title
North of the Tension Line
Publisher
Beaufort Books
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
396
Author
J.F. Riordan
Title
The Audacity of Goats
ISBN-13
9780825308475
Publication Date
July, 2017
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.04 x 5.64 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
082530847X

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Asequel to North of th...

Asequel to North of the Tension Line (which I haven't yet read) this is such a good book that I finished it at 1:30 this morning. Things are not well on Washington Island. Newlyweds Roger and Elizabeth have much to learn about communication and each other. Newcomers Jason and Emily Martin are totally annoying individuals in that they know everything (just ask them!). Add to that Piggy episodes, screaming in the pines at night, a wonderful boy trying his best to do what's right and you have a dandy story. Oh, yes, and Fiona's nasty neighbor has just decided to run for Mayor. (less)

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I did not know this wa...

I did not know this was the second in a series when I picked it up to read. That didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I will admit it was the title that caught my eye - I do love goats. And they are audacious creatures. It was a book full of quirky characters and a fun and mysterious plot. It's not a long book but a lot gets covered and you really feel like you are part of this little community. A great book for a rainy afternoon

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J. F. Riordan's The Audacity of Goats offers, from start to finish, a funny, wise, and completely engaging sojourn on a remote Great Lakes island where no one is close to perfect but where community matters¬¬ and open-minded decency wrests just endings out of a welter of mystery, misunderstanding, and just plain malice. Riordan has been likened, with some justice, to Jane Austen, but her ability to keep dozens of characters afloat at the same time--developing, motivating, and deepening them in always interconnected ways--is more Dickensian. The humor, too, is consistently rich--whether or not the characters mean to be funny. You'll put this book down feeling you have spent the winter in a strange but manifoldly beautiful spot almost at the ends of the earth¬—and feeling, as well, that your room and board have been covered by a shrewd and talented storyteller.

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I loved this book and ...

I loved this book and couldn't put it down until the end. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. J.F. Riordan captured the essence of island life and the peculiarities of islanders. The mystical spirit of nature and the sense of place, so important to islanders, run through the book's stories. The characters, from unsettled outsider Fiona, the sensitive ferry captain Pali, Ben, wise beyond his young age, to inscrutable Roger and outrageous Stella, are vividly brought to life. First rate.

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This is the delightful...

This is the delightful sequel to "North of the Tension Line," and is even better than the first book in the series! The characters are delightful, there is a delicious mystery, and an eerily familiar political battle. You will love this book! (I actually read it in one sitting. Couldn't put it down.) Highly recommended.

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