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Uncle Target (Harry Maxim #4)
by Gavin Lyall
Televised as "The Secret Servant" this thriller features Major Harry Maxim whose mission to Jordan changes from a simple demolition job to an epic run for freedom. A woman's unofficial line of enquiry into his activities leads to the heart of the matter and a change in the direction of his fate.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published 1989 by Coronet Books
(first published 1988)
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Cheap and cheerful, like Alistair MacLean and Desmond Bagley. Set in the deserts of Jordan recovering a prototype British tank, this is a book where a square-jawed man kills or is killed. An easy disposable read. From it, though, I found the Wikipedia biography and Guardian obituary of Gavin Lyall to be fascinating. A former journalist, like many good genre writers, he would take a long time to write a novel (unlike MacLean who reportedly wrote from 5am to 1pm for a month to bang out a book). ...more
In the end, it was a tank book complete with some tank fighting. This is one of a series of books by the author featuring the same character, Harry Maxim, a British Army officer with SAS training who apparently repeatedly finds himself as the guy who has to do something about something. Entertaining read, complete with the competing scenes in London as officialdom tries to find out what's going on and what to do about it running parallel to the on site experiences of Major Harry Maxim with an ...more
Gavin was born and educated in Birmingham. For two years he served as a RAF pilot before going up to Cambridge, where he edited Varsity, the university newspaper. After working for Picture Post, the Sunday Graphic and the BBC, he began his first novel, The Wrong Side of the Sky, published in 1961. After four years as Air Correspondent to the Sunday Times, he resigned to write books full time. He ...moreMore about Gavin Lyall...
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