- By Robert Goddard

Out of the Sun

  • Title: Out of the Sun
  • Author: Robert Goddard
  • ISBN: 9780805058369
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Out of the Sun When Harry Barnett is informed that his son has been hospitalized in a diabetic coma he thinks there is some mistake He doesn t have a son But Harry soon discovers otherwise David Venning a brillian

    When Harry Barnett is informed that his son has been hospitalized in a diabetic coma, he thinks there is some mistake He doesn t have a son But Harry soon discovers otherwise David Venning, a brilliant mathematician working in realms of thought that only a handful of people on earth could even begin to compreh, is now susped somewhere between life and death.The questionWhen Harry Barnett is informed that his son has been hospitalized in a diabetic coma, he thinks there is some mistake He doesn t have a son But Harry soon discovers otherwise David Venning, a brilliant mathematician working in realms of thought that only a handful of people on earth could even begin to compreh, is now susped somewhere between life and death.The question of Harry s paternity is immediately resolved, but other, darker mysteries quickly intervene David Venning s tragic condition appears to be either accidental or self inflicted But his precious notebooks are missing from the hotel room in which he was found Two other scientists employed have died in suspicious circumstances Harry is propelled into an arena of conspiratorial intrigue, brilliantly rered by Goddard s deft and atmostpheric prose He journeys to Europe and the United States in search of the truth, in an effort to help the son that he s never met.

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    1. “The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”― Niels Bohr11 hours 55 mins read by Paul Shelley.Blurb: The presumably childless Harry Barnett, living a quiet, aimless life in Britain, receives an anonymous call informing him that his son, a brilliant mathematician, is comatose. Worse, the son's condition is probably not accidental. His notebooks are missing; people around him are dying under mysterious ci [...]

    2. Robert Goddard is a very talented writer and I have enjoyed all of his books that I have read very much. This one is not his best but Goddard will definitely keep you guessing until the quite surprising ending. Looking forward to reading my next Goddard book very soon.

    3. I first met Goddards character Harry Barnett in the novel Into the Blue. He was a likable character, prone to misfortune and possessing a penchant for lifting a few "pints" at the local pub. In Out of the Sun Harry discovers he has a 33 year old son, a math genius who has fallen into a insulin overdose induced coma. When it is discovered that all of his son's mathematical notes are missing, and that several other individuals who had been working on a project with him for a company known as Globe [...]

    4. This is a typical Goddard - crime and intrigue all twisted together.Harry discovers his son is in a coma in a hospital when a message is passed to him via his employer. Trouble is, Harry doesnt have a son. In true Goddard style of course, all is not what it seems and Harry's son is a member of a group of scientists who are all slowly dying in so-called accidents.Harry is drawn in to the circle of corruption and big business, scientific research and murder.Great book - slightly shorter than some [...]

    5. So I now know who did it but how did they do it? I don't like it when my books cross genre. I didn't like the ending of 'Life on Mars' or Ashes to ashes' either (I know, on the goggle box not a book), as that went from being crime drama to spooky ghost story. So is this crime/drama or fantasy? But I'll continue reading the rest of his books that I have as they're good fun.

    6. Harry Barnett isn't doing too well. He has a dead end job, drinks too much and has no family and few friends. But the news that he has a grown-up son, a son that is fighting for his life, gives his existence some purpose. He sets off on an incredible series of adventures. The background to this novel, set in the world of mathematics and physics, is very difficult to follow. But maybe that's the point; to put the reader in the same state of confusion as Harry. The writing is tight; the twists kee [...]

    7. Being a Robert Goddard fan, I was looking forward to this book since I’d loved Out of the Blue, his previous novel featuring Harry Barnett. I wasn’t disappointed. Out of the Sun proved to be another engrossing read. I preferred it to the previous Goddards I’d read, Found Wanting and Days Without Number, for although it also dealt with elusive quests for which people were prepared to kill, Out of the Sun had a much more dramatic impact than the other two. This was partly because the progres [...]

    8. This is the 9th Robert Goddard book I've read in my quest to read all his books in chronological order.In this book we see the re-emergence of Harry Barnett, the protagonist from an earlier book, Into the Blue. Harry is a complete reprobate who has a barely functional job, drinks to excess, and smokes continuously. However, for the second time, Harry is thrust into a complex and dangerous situation through no fault of his own, except for his own stubbornness and unwillingness to give up on his s [...]

    9. A brilliant idea this book which I can't really tell you much about or it will spoil it. Harry Barnett finds he has a son and someone encourages him to find out more about why he is in a diabetic coma. He moves around the world and ends up discovering some fascinating modern dilemmas which sounded to be quite plausible and which his son was not only involved in but possibly masterminding. Although Barnett doesn't want his son to die and would like to get to know him, he realises the potential co [...]

    10. Probably not the best Robert Goddard book I've read but well written and good plot. It had a bit too much 'technical' speak for me, in fact, early on I almost put it down but persevered and, in the end, enjoyed it.

    11. Another great Goddard story filled with his signature plot twists and suspensions. I love the way Goddard configures a sentence with a beautiful, lyric quality and a crisp clarity that hone his story. It was a perfect set - this and Into the Blue - for a vacation!

    12. In this thriller Harry Barnett learnes he has a son - who is currently in a coma. The story unfolds as Harry starts finding out how he got there.The novel started out at a good pace and with an interesting story line. However, towards the end, it became somewhat contrived and ex machina.

    13. Harry Barnett is the sort of fellow I have made the mistake of getting involved with too many times in my life. Looking now to the next installment. I seem to be enthralled.

    14. Probably a 3 1/2. Goddard writes very well and I like Harry very much. The plot has its twists and turns but I found myself skimming a lot .

    15. Interesting, fast-paced and different. The plot dragged a little near the end but I enjoyed the book. Mr. Goddard is one of my favorite authors.

    16. Hmmmm, not really sure what to say about this novel. Well, the first thing I suppose, is that I did read it, although I can't say why. I tend to stop books that I'm not enjoying, but found myself reading on just to see how it all tied up.When Harry gets a mysterious phone call saying his son is in a coma, he ends up chasing a number of conspiracies around the world, trying to get to the truth. Which is fine in itself - a great premise that had such huge potential. Instead, Harry luckily falls fr [...]

    17. Robert Goddard is an outstanding mystery writer; for that matter, he’s anoutstanding writer, period. This novel tells the story of Harry Barnett, returned from “Into The Blue,” a loiterer, a failure at most things in his life, but a man who doesn’t quite mind that. Oh, he knows he’s not successful, at least in ordinary terms, but he’d rather wrap his fingers around a glass of good ale at the local pub, than think about all that.He has a modest job that keeps him off the dole and life [...]

    18. Ugg, I was so disappointed in the ending of this book (view spoiler)[When Harry has his final breath in the burning house, then turn the page and wallah he is alive.(hide spoiler)] I seriously considered not finishing the damn thing but then it was only three or so pages and I had gone that far, so why not. (view spoiler)[and having a baby with his son's ex-girlfriend is creepy (hide spoiler)]This was a pretty interesting story, I enjoyed following Harry on his adventures. It was a good mystery [...]

    19. I got this book for my granny when it first came out. I still remember where I got it. I actually don’t think she thought it was better than ok. I read it now as it reminds me of her (she passed a few months ago). I was surprised at first as I found the beginning well written and quite captivating- all to turn to a much less sophisticated ending (which means all the plot was dull once the mystery was revealed). Also certain parts are just stupid like when Harry sleeps with his son's ex-girlfri [...]

    20. Harry Barnett's second outing, following his earlier adventures in Into the Blue. The protaganist is a likeable chap who enjoys a few beers and is prone to getting himself into trouble. Out of the Sun is an enjoyable mystery that is typical of Goddard without being spectacular. Three stars feels a bit mean and on a 10 star rating system it would get 7 (or on a 20 star rating 15, ha-ha). Another worthwhile read from Goddard.

    21. Just when I told someone how much I love Goddard's books, I finished this one. Ehhh. The relationship with the girl is just distasteful to me, something an old guy would come up with. Nothing much happens. Definitely disappointing after reading so many of his other books. And I already read the next book that poor Harry is in, you just have to feel sorry for how many times people have tried to kill him.

    22. This should get at least 4 1/2 stars. Liked it even though it took a long time to get through. The main character, good old Harry Barnett, is so loveable. I will have to get to the next book that has him as the main character. He's a keeper especially the way that I picture him as the actor, John Thaw. The story was a little ponderous but good. The travels in the US were especially entertaining. Definitely pre-9/11 travel.

    23. It's a good job this wasn't my first Robert Goddard book because I would not have read any more. The book only got interesting towards the end - if I had not been the kind of reader who hates to not finish a book, I probably would not have stuck with it. Just don't take this book as being representative of the authors work - it's not.

    24. I've ended up reading these books in reverse order having read Never Go Back without realising that it was the third in a series. Harry is a good central character, a flawed hero whom you like despite everything. The mathematics was completely beyond me but the story was good enough to hold my attention anyway and there was a good twist.

    25. 5/5 stars. Harry's second, and I think best, adventure. I liked the whole situation of this down-and-out guy having a long-lost son thrust into his life, and I LOVED the double-play ending with more than a hint of the supernatural.

    26. Glad this wasn't my first Robert Goddard novel, not up to the usual standard and the main character didn't grab me in this book, though found Into the Blue the other novel he was in very intersting. Oh well

    27. Meh got kind of interesting and exciting towards the middle/end, but the climax came far too late and was too long was a double-climax. I mean, it sure is great in bed, but it's totally annoying in a book. All in all it was an okay book. More meh than okay. Not very recommendable.

    28. Not one of the best Goddard I read, the story starts off compelling, when the main character finds out about a grown-up son he never knew he had, but the mathematical/multidimensional twist is perhaps a bit too abstract. A very good writer however, and I doubt any of his books are not to recommend.

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