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Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
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Jul 10, 2011

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Typical Follett spy novel (as opposed to Follet epic)--a forgettable good yarn with a fast-moving plot. Although the main bad guy kills a bunch of people in relentless pursuit of his goal, there's something about his character that feels unmotivated or unexplained. He'd be too unsympathetic if he were a committed Nazi, so Follett tries to paint him as a professional military man, which doesn't completely work. There seems to be a fundamental structural problem with a plot where the spy is the bad guy and the good guys are trying to locate him (rather than the other way around) but Follett makes the best of it.

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