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Cabal by Michael Dibdin
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Apr 04, 11

it was ok
Read from March 06 to 29, 2011

Very different from the recent TV adaptation and, for some reason, unsatisfying. The plot seems unnecessarily and falsely convoluted with characters which you either do not care about or fundamentally dislike. Even Zen is becoming more of an anti-hero. In previous books, he 'did the right thing' in spite of himself, whereas here he just seems cynical, petulant and self-serving.
The mandatory digs at the Catholic Church are all here of course and far form being 'right on liberal' just seem old and hackneyed.
Read this if you want to be a completist. I'll be giving Zen a rest for a while.

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