In a moment of suspense that will affect many thousands of lives, a handful of people will converge on a barren stretch of Yemeni desert.
Corrie Rankin is already a legend at MI6 when he is sent to take down a high-value player in the war against Al Qaeda. This is Jericho's War. The weapons it deploys and the brutal aims it pursues are state of the art. The fear it breeds and the raw bravery it demands are as timeless as the desert itself.
©2017 Gerald Seymour (P)2017 W F Howes Ltd
"As good as the best of the masters - Greene, Ambler, Le Carre." (Los Angeles Examiner)
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
My last Gerald Seymour was the excellent Field of Blood so I was long overdue in returning to his books. This one however doesn't reach that very high standard.
Seymour's books aren't typically fast--paced, they have always tended to be a bit more sedate than a lot of popular thriller writers. This one starts well with an excellent prologue that melds cleverly into the present day. After that though it just takes too long to get going and any action is slowed down by flashbacks and internal monologue. There is also a lot of repetition so the slower pace adds little in terms of depth. Leighton Pugh's narration is also relatively slow which possibly exacerbates the torpid feel of a lot of the book. Towards the end the action does come and is genuinely exciting so if you get halfway and are thinking of giving up it's probably worth continuing.
The characters are given a gritty realism rather than any kind of heroic hue. Sure there is bravery but none of them are easy to like or get behind. The chemistry between them feels ill-balanced and given their experience the "mission" characters behave in ways that didn't appear totally credible.
It's a worthwhile purchase if you are happy with a slower pace but for me this would have been much better if it had been more strongly edited, possibly as much as three to four hours worth.
Kildonan by the sea
This book had all the boredom of war and none of the excitement, I persevered in hope of a twist or a sign of life that was believable, every character is an automaton complaining about other automatons the only believable character was the drone, but if I hear one more time how lovingly one must clean its lenses I will scream.
The entire book is full of repetition in case you forget the simple plot or the simple shallow characters, I counted four references to a dam destroyed by rats in the far distant past, countless loving references to a predator drone, and the constant repeat of all the characters thought of the other characters, yet none of it developed any kind of motivation that was half believable, the Islamist are Islamist and are bad, but we do not know why they act the way they do, they like to crucify people and invent new ways of blowing up planes, the why is never even explored, the special forces guys are special forces they do what they do, and the spies are spies by force, or some entrapment, but they just do what they do.
I know my opinion counts for very little, but when you pay for a book it should have a plot that is more than the simplest of ideas, a motivation or at least an explanation of motivation that is more than I need to pay my mortgage or I am proud of making bombs. Expanding a book by repeating ideas and events is almost an insult, when it is just boring padding it is an insult.
If you do not have the guts to express an opinion on the most controversial of events why are you writing?
The narrator read the book as though it was a boring Shakespearian soliloquy, totally devoid of the dramatic expression the story deserves.
Classic Seymour and perfect rendition. Characters quickly developed and easy to immerse in the action
I had difficulty following the story line as it jumped quickly from one scenario to another with lots of repetitions.
The consistent repetition of previous detail...
I am a long time Seymour reader and have enjoyed most of his books, I found this one tedious and annoying in equal parts. The plot was overworked which led it into dreariness.
The female character was superfluous and unbelievable.
His emphases were wrong and he misunderstood the dramatic inflection
A poor choice by me.
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