This is a Dracula tale that is as good as any I have read. A vampire tale full of creeping dread told with echoes, whispers, and then bold revelation.This is a Dracula tale that is as good as any I have read. A vampire tale full of creeping dread told with echoes, whispers, and then bold revelation. A well drawn picture f Vlad emerges drawn in small carefully constructed chunks. History meets Stoker's Drac in the twentieth century.
Overlay the classic vampire with love stories, family traditions, European History, and eccentric academic behavior and a captivating tale is at hand for the dedicated reader.
There are places where the book does not read quickly, but on examination it draws out the building suspense cleverly with cliff hangars at appropriate moments. This has the trappings of literature without most of the pretense. A bit longer than it might really need. The author is quite consistent in style and controls it well.
I'm marking this as a favorite on the first read. In a few months if time permits a second read might elevate it further.
Highly recommended to those looking for that something extra books that is full of foreshadowing, yet mysterious, and still surprises abound all wrapped up in the vampire genre that hasn't been polluted by screenwriters masquerading as novelists.
Not at all Fun with Dick and Jane! A self referencing primer instead to a new world of treache See Perry run. See Gail run.
See Perry and Gail betrayed
Not at all Fun with Dick and Jane! A self referencing primer instead to a new world of treacherous governmental and modern international political intrigue. Russians, Swiss, English, French, and multitude of other nationalities add their flavor to this negotiation of inevitable deceit and duplicity.
John LeCarre tells a small tale full of a variety of his signature intricacies and subtle foreshadowing of amateurs sucked into their very own moment on a great stage. One moment they the amateurs Gail and Perry, and even seasoned professionals, are not prepared to control. Desperation is a key theme driving the action of many characters leading to the bad choices that goes along with such motivation. Very English in quiet sort of way but with splashes of Slavic color and grinning evil.
Written with Le Carre's special style accented with a peacetime backdrop of international sport and the unspoken Machiavellian power associated with such recreational excess, Our Kind of Traitor is a metronomic story stepping toward a foreseeable if not still not surprising denouement. The author's use of language and mechanisms including italicization of both meaningful and meaningless passages, and of character development unlike any other make this a worthwhile stop in the realm of recreational reading.
Great powers barely imagined are at play and surely reveal their hand if only in glimpses of excess.
Who wins and who loses? It's for the reader to decide and perhaps, tell. After all,
I had read this book, who knows how long ago. It finally became very familiar about 75 pages or so in to the story.
One of those many WWII/Nazi/OccupiI had read this book, who knows how long ago. It finally became very familiar about 75 pages or so in to the story.
One of those many WWII/Nazi/Occupied France spy thriller that so dominated the popular fiction market for years. A reasonably well done, though improbable, story line even in the face of various true tales that have emerged as time has passed. Another attempt to play on the real Rudolf Hess story in one way or another.
This is only a quick review from a genre that I spent many hours on planes and in airports in years past. Many of these entertaining books are worth a read for just the sake of exercising the brain when and not having to be concerned if they are ever truly 'finished'.
As a genre of popular literature, the espionage/thriller from the WWII era, has mostly faded. There are a few choice jewels from the period or a few writers whose body of work is worth looking at for the reader seeking to explore. Len Deighton probably falls in the latter category as he continued to write in this vein with success past the 'peak' of the post Cold War mania of this type of revelatory fiction. I found his book, The Ipcress File to be his best work of this type....more
Humor, yes there is some comic relief I suppose in this work that should not go unmentioned. Three stars are the result for this otherwise pretty goodHumor, yes there is some comic relief I suppose in this work that should not go unmentioned. Three stars are the result for this otherwise pretty good story.
A more scattered story than I had come to expect when first reading these works and thus not as absorbing as some of the other entries in the dark and dangerous world of agent November.
Not a starting point for the series, though none are truly sequential, this one does require a fair amount of knowledge to have been gleaned from other stories to 'hang together'. From Rita his girlfriend, to why he, Deveraux,does what he does and for whom, there is a fair amount of background that is needed to allow this story to work.
Granger may have been experimenting with elements and mechanisms to enlarge his characters. Thankfully I am of the opinion he did not pursue many in other November man episodes.
For the entire November Man series this is certainly a must read, however those who are reading one or a few of this Cold War/Spy saga you can skip this one. ...more
A journey into the paranoid, self-referential world of the Cold War espionage genre. Perhaps the finest of the November Man series.
Deveraux, the NovemA journey into the paranoid, self-referential world of the Cold War espionage genre. Perhaps the finest of the November Man series.
Deveraux, the November Man, finds his opponents in the treacherous spy game are in his own organization in this tale. Granger elevates his story telling of Russian intrigue and beautiful femme fatale agents that call the agent known as November back from retirement.
With a side trip through a mental institution for wayward/dangerous/damaged spies, November hunts a mole within the mysterious and brilliantly understated 'R section' for whom he has operated.
First rate espionage thriller, if not as subtle or refined as Greene or LeCarre, Granger contributes one of the finer books of the genre' with a journalists well written style and command of the language.
A must read for all lovers of Cold War and Spy thriller stories.