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Coq Rouge (Hamilton #1)

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I mitten av 80-talet gjorde Carl Gustaf Gilbert Hamilton entré på den politiska arenan. Han klev in som agent Coq Rouge i en tid som präglades av det kalla krigets slut, Sovjetunionens sammanbrott och kapitalismens seger. Ett skede på gränsen mellan det Sverige som var och det Sverige som sedan vuxit fram.

Den svenska underrättelsetjänsten fick med den högt specialutbildade
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Published (first published 1986)
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Manny
Basically, if James Bond were Swedish. He's, like, sensitive and caring, and his politics are left-leaning, but in an intelligent, informed way, and when he kills bad guys in the line of duty he needs therapy afterwards to take care of the PTSD... that kind of thing. Believe it or not, it's done straight. I know it sounds satirical, but it isn't!

The series is immensely popular in Sweden, and the first few aren't bad at all - I see that they appear to be available in English translation. There ar
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Erik Smith
Jan 11, 2015 Erik Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coq Rouge is more than an interesting, funny, or good novel. The symbolism used throughout makes it unique in its genre--which I will call Intelligence mystery. One symbolic thread is the "outlier." In the novel, someone is always deviating from their group to get something done that could not be achieved otherwise. That leads to the second thread: "reversals." Characters and people consistently reverse their convictions or directions to get something accomplished: Hamilton, for instance, is a r ...more
Per Jennische
Jul 02, 2016 Per Jennische rated it liked it
Jan Guillou is currently one of my favorite Swedish authors. With his journalistic background he is very thorough in his research which though fiction still makes them very believable.

Coq Rouge is the first book in the very popular series about Swedish special secret service agent Carl Hamilton. The book takes place in the Cold War 1980s, the time when I was a child and only have vague memories of the geopolitical chess game that played out between the east and the west at the time.

In Coq Roug
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Johanna
May 28, 2013 Johanna rated it it was amazing
This tragicomic reflection of the Swedish collective self-perception during the Cold War through the actions of incompetent politicians and one of the world's greatest military operatives is one of the absolutely funniest things I've ever read.

Hamilton is a well developed, quite strange, but very real character - mostly because of all his internal conflicts. He is a member of the nobility, yet a staunch supporter of communism, educated in the U.S. but sympathetic to the PLO, and the list goes on
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Henni
Første bog i serien om agenten Carl Hamilton. Den er lidt lang tid om at komme i gang og der er en masse introduktioner, men som handlingen skrider frem fortættes stemningen og spændingen tager over. Man fornemmer igennem bogen at de er meningen at det skal være en serie, så de grundlæggende ven- og fjendskaber der knyttes kommer vi helt sikkert til at høre mere om i de næste bøger.
Ideen med en svensk agent er original, og der er da heller ikke så meget James Bond-"Glamour" over vors helt, men m
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Caroline Asserlund
Mar 16, 2014 Caroline Asserlund rated it it was amazing
Jag gjorde en test, är Coq Rouge lika bra nu som när jag läste den som tolvåring och blev ett Guillou- fan? JA, den håller tveklöst måttet! Alla tummarna upp för Guillou och Hamilton!
Andrei Faur
Det kändes mer som en introduktion på Hamilton och den verkade följa ett mönster som är typisk för en första del av en långvarig hemlig agent serie:
- små detaljer om Carls förfluten som uppväcker intresset (som ska utan tvivel bli mer detaljerade i de följande berättelserna)
- konflikt mellan hjälten och hans medarbetare (åtminstone i början)
- Bond-lik förmågor
- kort romantisk berättelse
- mannen som jobbar från skuggan som Carl vänder till då och då

I övrigt var den politiska bakgrund lite svårt
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Linus
Mar 07, 2011 Linus rated it liked it
Gammeldags (skrevet i 1986), men visstnok begynnelsen på en klassiker-serie.
Fant boken på Hotel Melia Varadero (CUBA), og leste denne da resten av ferie-litteraturen var ferdiglest.

Avsluttet boken i det flyet taxet inn til gaten :)
BoekenTrol
Sep 13, 2012 BoekenTrol marked it as not_read_only_released  ·  review of another edition
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Received this book as a gift in the Top 3 wish list RABCK. I'll be having problems with the Swedish (for now). Hope to find a German or English copy somewhere.
Hanna Juhl
Jul 25, 2011 Hanna Juhl rated it really liked it
A good, interesting crime novel. I love Guillou's characters and that it is obvious who he likes and sgrees with and who he doesn't.
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Helt grei, dog ingen höydare.
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Jan Oscar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou (born 17 January 1944) is a Swedish author and journalist. Among his books are a series of spy fiction novels about a spy named Carl Hamilton, and a trilogy of historical fiction novels about a Knight Templar, Arn Magnusson. He is the owner of one of the largest publishing companies in Sweden, Piratförlaget, together with Liza Marklund and his common-law wife, ...more
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