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Declare: A Novel Paperback – February 19, 2013
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“Dazzling . . . a tour de force, a brilliant blend of John le Carre spy fiction with the otherworldly.” (Dean Koontz)
“There’s never been a novel quite like DECLARE…one of the protean Powers’s most absorbing and rewarding creations.” (Kirkus Starred Review)
“Highly ingenious . . . No one else writes like Powers, and Declare finds him at the top of his game.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“DECLARE is classic Tim Powers, his best novel since Last Call, and possibly his best to date.” (Locus Magazine)
“Tim Powers is a brilliant writer. Declare’s occult subtext for the deeper Cold War is wonderfully original and brilliantly imagined.” (William Gibson)
About the Author
Tim Powers is the author of numerous novels including Hide Me Among the Graves, Three Days to Never, Declare, Last Call, and On Stranger Tides, which inspired the feature film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award twice, and the World Fantasy Award three times. He lives in San Bernardino, California.
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Book 1 deals firmly with the characters and introduces a few supernatural elements - nothing to distract you from a ripping WW2 spy yarn interspersed with past and future time segments. Some might find this narrative style annoying. The patient reader will find they support the story and introduce the principles.
Book 2 veers unmistakably into the occult, revealing the long term, arcane plot known as Project Declare. I won't spoil anything here.
Book 3 brings all the elements together to a fast-paced conclusion. It's a satisfying if slightly unlikely ending - strangely enough the only part of the narrative that stretched my suspension of disbelief. The ending doesn't spoil the story, it's just slightly "untrue" to the author's stated influences.
Overall, it was a vivid, exciting book that didn't bog itself down in too many details. You get enough to hold your interest without a hint of excessive, self-indulgent prose. Pacing almost never slackens. This was totally my kind of read. I would heartily recommend it.
I have a handful of books I can re-read, and get something new out of them each time. Declare is one of those remarkable stories, the foundations so layered and dense that some subtleties of character and theme appear only after the first read. It seems silly to say that Declare crosses genres. It's fantastic espionage fiction, (like Fleming's 007 or O'Donnell's Modesty Blaise), but deeper and wider of scope, with historical and supernatural elements.
Main character Andrew Hale is the son of a former Catholic nun and unknown father. He grows up shuttling between religions, subject to strange dreams. As an adult he becomes a member of a rather special branch of British Intelligence. His story travels from the 1940s to the 1960s, encompassing Kim Philby, Middle East spy networks, double double agents, lasting love for a communist agent, supernatural happenings on Mount Ararat, and the story of Russia's special protector.
Be prepared to take your time, let Powers ease you into the story. Give the characters a chance to form and acquire substance. Declare is a read worth a little extra patience before you get to the action bits!
* I also highly recommend the audio version of Declare.
POC* movie. It was also a great book, but I repeat myself, as it is by:
* Pirates of the Caribbean
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