The October Five

Rated 3.60/5 based on 8 reviews
Veteran Detective Karl Whaler is thrown into an investigation that may be the strangest and most dangerous of his career, involving five men who meet secretly in a room. They consist of a Plumber, an Electrician, a Caretaker, a Locksmith, and a Butcher.

Whaler’s search leads him to a mystery that is decades old. More

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Words: 68,810
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458066510
About Mobashar Qureshi

MOBASHAR QURESHI was named one of the ten rising Canadian mystery writers to watch by Quill & Quire Magazine in 2007. He was born in Benin City, Nigeria in 1978. When he was young he lived briefly in Karachi, Pakistan. He now lives in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics.

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Review by: Francine Richert on Sep. 20, 2011 : (no rating)
The October Five is a brilliantly written novel about five Vietnam vets who meet to plan a murder. The strange things is, showing the signs of a wonderful author, is that he writes the characters in such a way that I liked them, each one, no matter their points, good and bad. I realize some characters weren't as well-rounded as others but I attributed that to the fact these are Vets, they are private, they saw atrocities that most of us can only imagine so if they are fairly quiet and mysterious then for good reason. It really made me feel like I was living the story, especially the back and forth of past and present, which I love in a book anyway. Mr. Qureshi seems to have a wonderful grasp of life for vets after the wars they fight in and that is a part of what made it so believable. A great read, Mr. Mobashar!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: 77book on Aug. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
This review is done fulfilling an agreement through LibraryThing Member Giveaways. The copy I received was RTF downloaded from Smashwords ( given in return for an unbiased review.

To summarize the book deals with five Vietnam War veterans who have long held a personal secret and who have shared this past since their return. The actual events that brought them together are not revealed until near the book’s end. There were some twists in the plot through the story, and although it could be hard to say who the main character would have been, the author’s focus on several of the individuals makes the plot twists interesting. Some of the characters did not have a lot of fleshing out but Mr. Qureshi did inspire some feeling and empathy for them.
The novel hints at violence but there is no issue with gratuitous violence and even those characters that could be deemed evil are not cast in an entirely bad light. In a similar vein the characters deemed good do have some darker aspects.
I finished this book of about 70,000 words rather quickly because the characters did engage me. The ending was satisfying although all did not live happily ever after. I did enjoy this and will be watching for some other books as this young author develops.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kim Stone on July 30, 2011 :
The October Five was a good, quick read. The Vietnam war, with the atrocities perpetrated by both sides, is always fair game to explain the motives of men. I enjoyed the book but was not satisfied with the ending. A main character, one I was really interested in, dies. I would have liked to see more about him.

I would read another book from this author. Good job. ( )
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lenora Gogerty on July 23, 2011 : (no rating)
I enjoyed the book but was not blown away by it. I thought it took too long to get to the central mystery of the story and that the resolution was unsatisfactory. Characters didn't seem real or understandable to me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: grace lloyd on July 19, 2011 :
I started this book and then stopped 3 or 4 chapters in; the writer's style felt awkward to me and the story didn't grab me. then I got smashwords reminder that hadn't done my review so I went back to try again. I'm very glad I did. This time the plot clicked and the rare errors in syntax mattered not one bit.
The mystery unfolds nicely. The pace is wonderful, a great balance between the past and the present. The who and how of the mystery aren't as important as the why. Why are these five guys meeting, why was this man killed, why...? The author has a delicate touch, he draws you into the characters slowly and by the end you care very much about them. I especially liked the cop, Whaler.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doug Bower on July 19, 2011 :
Five ordinary individuals with shared experiences from the Vietnam War have a secret society designed around vigilante justice. Although they are able to hide their activities from the law, someone else learns of their escapades and begins to kill the five off one by one. Why are these veterans taking justice into their own hands? Who is killing them off? I found the book to be an interesting and easy read with good use of past and present scenes. The characters could have been a little bit more developed but I still found them believable. Definitely worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: justmax on July 18, 2011 :
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it because I'm not usually a fan of thrillers. But this one grabbed me right from the beginning and gripped right to the end. I loved the plot and the way it moved back and forth between the POV of the police and the killers and between past and present. But, most of all I loved the characters. They were three-dimensional and very, very likable.

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this writer.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angie Creech on July 18, 2011 :
The murder of a young man have the police searching for his killer. The police keep searching for his killer even when the case gets cold and leads to an interesting story of a group of men who served together in the Vietnam War.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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