Monday, 27 April 2015

Echo Burning - Lee Child



Jack Reacher, adrift in the hellish heat of a Texas summer.

Looking for a lift through the vast empty landscape. A woman stops, and offers a ride. She is young, rich and beautiful.

But her husband's in jail. When he comes out, he's going to kill her.

Her family's hostile, she can't trust the cops, and the lawyers won't help. She is entangled in a web of lies and prejudice, hatred and murder.

Jack Reacher never could resist a lady in distress.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Operation Barracuda - David Michaels



This book is a mixed bag in that it switches between the first person when Sam Fisher is the subject matter and the regular narrative when he is not. The regular third person writings aren't too bad and play out like an ordinary novel. The first person stuff is quite bad at times however.

Sam Fisher in the games is a veteran of his profession, his personality is that of the grizzled anti-hero with a sense of humour. In this book we find out he takes martial arts classes and that he fancies his martial arts teacher, not something we needed to know frankly. This could of been avoided had the author stuck to the plain narritive instead of giving you Sam's every thought.

The other problem with the first person writing style is that it pretty much plays out like somebody describing what they did whilst playing Splinter Cell. Infact I'd be interested to find out if he indeed wrote this book flipping back and forth from the games themselves. Whole paragraphs often play out like, "I ran to such and such and then jumped and then pulled out my gun." Sounds like a unique idea, but it actually reads pretty badly, like some amateur fan fiction story on the internet.

The other aspects of the story play out like a reasonable spy novel, the russians are the bad guys, the german who defected to the US in the 70's sells out to the bad guys and all the other stereotypes the yanks eat up like ginger cake. It's not bad but it's not setting the world alight either.

I should also point out that this hugely experienced, musclar hard man is over powered and held at gun point by a middle aged woman at one point......... 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Running blind - Lee Child



Running Blind Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the one man they all knew: Jack Reacher.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Colonel Sun - Kingsley Amis

 

Lunch at Scott's, a quiet game of golf, a routine social call on his chief M, convalescing in his Regency house in Berkshire - the life of secret agent James Bond has begun to fall into a pattern that threatens complacency … until the sunny afternoon when M is kidnapped and his house staff savagely murdered.The action ricochets across the globe to a volcanic Greek island where the glacial, malign Colonel Sun Liang-tan of the People's Liberation Army of China collaborates with an ex-nazi atrocity expert in a world-menacing conspiracy. Bond finds himself working in alliance with the beautiful tawny-blonde agent of a rival secret service in the struggle to overpower this ruthless enemy who discards the unwritten rules of espionage. Stripped of all professional aids, Bond faces unarmed the monstrous devices of Colonel Sun in a test that brings him to the verge of his physical endurance.Colonel Sun was published in 1968 and is the first novel featuring the character of James Bond to appear after the death of his creator, Ian Fleming. It was published by Kingsley Amis under the name of Robert Markham.

Octopussy and the living daylights - Ian Fleming


 
Octopussy * The Property of a Lady * The Living Daylights * 007 in New York

‘This was going to be bad news, dirty work. This was to be murder’

Four classic moments in the life of a spy. From avenging the wartime murder of a friend to sniper duty on the East-West Berlin border, James Bond’s body, mind and spirit are tested to their limits.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

The man with the golden gun - Ian Fleming



The Man with the Golden Gun, Paco Scaramanga, is one of the deadliest hit men in the world and the British Secret Service want him eliminated.

A brainwashed James Bond tried, and failed, to kill his boss, M. It’s time for him to prove he can be trusted again.

Bond finds his man in the sweltering heat of Jamaica. His plan is to infiltrate Scaramanga’s gang of criminals to get close to the man himself. But if he fails, Bond will be the next target for the golden gun.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

The Doomsday affair - Harry Whittington

 
His name was Tixe Ylno... The U.N.C.L.E. files could tell nothing about him except for that code name. He could be anyone, a cab driver, a corporation executive, a scientist, a storekeeper...anyone!
And he might be anywhere in the United States.
 
But whoever or wherever he was U.N.C.L.E. had to find him, because he controlled a secret that had the world at his mercy.