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You pull for the characters,
This review is from: The Wild Geese (Paperback)
What makes this book good? First: it's the writing, and the writing is good. Carney handles the narrative very well. He also inserts a discussion of Africa between two characters, a discussion about race, politics and the violence of the times, which hasn't changed all that much from then, circa 1970 to now.
Now, the book is different from the movie in that more characters are introduced, and these character have `depth,' and considering the story is basically about mercenaries finding a why to make them likable isn't just important, it's necessary, and Carney success there also. Each character on which Carney spends time has a history. All the characters change during the course of the story and many die.
This story has some romance, but is not a romance, just as it has `action,' but is not an adventure. There is gunfire, but no `gunplay.' There is no nobility of course, but no bloodthirstiness. Being a mercenary is a job. You pull for the characters simply because you don't want someone you like to die.