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King of the Ants Paperback – February 5, 2009

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Funny, very tough and full of action Patricia Highsmith A brave, abrasive, alarmingly realistic debut DAILY MAIL Uncoils with wit and imagination TIME OUT

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Charlie Higson is a professional comic and the author of Happy Now and the Young Bond series.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; Reissue edition (February 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034912180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349121802
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,380,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlie Higson is an acclaimed comedy writer, producer, actor, and genuine James Bond aficionado. He is the author of the adult thrillers, Full Whack and King of the Ants; the internationally best-selling Young Bond series: SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, and By Royal Command; and the YA apocalyptic thriller: The Enemy, which he wrote to frighten his ten-year-old son. He lives in London. Follow him on Twitter at:

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Takis Tz. on November 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Actually, Charles Higson narrates a simple story. A seemingly ordinary person working mostly in construction sites, is given a bizzare opportunity to make some fast and good money. He's offered more than he'd make working in 2-3 months to follow an accountant for several days in his everyday life and report what he discovers to a shadowy figure who obviously has some even more shadowy scores to settle.

He does so, but as it so often happens in life the situation starts taking some weird twists unforeseen by him and by his instructors. This ordinary person sudenly finds himself becoming murderer and then a fugitive as the deals he's put together have not come through.

But lo and behold because all this happens in the first half of the book. From then the story takes a turn for the surreal and brutal as the protagonist of the book gets captured and goes through what can only be described as utter hell. You'll have a pretty difficult time forgetting the latter part of the book let alone even reading it if you happen to not be gifted with a strong stomach.

This is story written in excellent pace and with nicely distributed touches of humour, cynicism and brio by an author who obviously has tremendous potential. Charles Higson has no limitations about the stretches he gives his story and you're constantly in for new surprises as you progress in the story. In a new generation of authors who are bringing forth the uglier side of human nature in a society governed by the warped ethics of the money-god and the relentless effort of people to survive regardless of what this might involve. Great stuff.
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Format: Paperback
Excellent little thriller. Despite being set in London, the writing style is similar to Jim Thompson and other great American authors of 50s Noir. Each character is on the money and Higson paints very convincing dialogue complete with regional accents. The author clearly has an ear for how people really speak, something a lot of writers struggle with. Whole scenes could pass without the appendages of 'he said' 'she said' and I would still know who's talking.

The violence is sometimes graphic and not for the faint of heart but once again, nothing gratuitous, just very, very believable. I saw the film version and enjoyed that also. However I was unsure of the need to relocate the story to the US as part of the story's charm is in the setting. Highly recommend,
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