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His main character, Rollie, was interesting and upright, but with enough humanity to make him seem quite real. I enjoyed his struggles and his want of female companionship. His back story was intriguing too.
For me, Driskell's antagonists are usually his most interesting characters. Here, Bernd is one of his best ever. Refined and handsome (and Prussian...an interesting touch) the guy is a true sicko with a wicked sense of humor. He made me laugh aloud several times.
Vivien was quite memorable too. But Maria, the conflicted female nearly stole the show. She was a tad over the top at times but added spice to the story. I really liked both women.
Driskell added in the requisite amount of sex and violence I've come to expect from his books, and enough tertiary characters to make this big read go very quickly.
My only criticisms would be the lack of much World War 2 side-story. He sprinkled in mentions here and there (his research and time period details were very good) and with the setting of Panama I guess there wasn't much more he could tell us. I also felt the plot was a bit complex in points. I had to reread a few pages but who knows, I might just not be smart enough to keep up. I'd call these criticisms minor as this is a tantalizing read.
The book itself was slightly similar to The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum. Driskell's writing is easier and more "conversational" than Ludlum's. In fact, I'm not quite sure what other authors I would compare Driskell with.Read more ›
The incessant use of an apostrophe in MP's did begin to annoy me...
In common with many novels today, the story tends to run off on an independent tangent every now and then where the reader can either 'go with the flow' and keep reading, or skip pages to get back to the story.
Still - it's an above average read and should hold your interest...?
I hope Rollie is continued in a future story since this time in history is wide open as our intelligence agencies are just being their growth into modern day monsters with a vast number of untold, behind closed doors, under the counter deals created in these agencies uncontrolled by agents from all levels approved and otherwise.
The author presents us with a wide variety of characters, some quite different in thought and actions to the others. My one complaint is that the baddies are rather one-dimensional and even cartoonish. There is no depth to them despite the author's attempt to flesh them out. The protagonist, Rollie, is rather complex with both good and bad sides, even if his reactions to his scarring was rather overwrought, in my opinion, with one scene in Panama way over-the-top. I still liked him and was invested in his story.
Bringing in the Chaco War was something very unique. The author took some literary license with it (there were no real numbers of US mercenaries, and with the US oil company, Standard Oil, backing the losing side and the Royal Dutch Shell backing the winning side, things would not have unfolded as they did in the story), it was still appreciated that the author wove in such a forgotten piece of history (not forgotten in Paraguay and Bolivia, though.)
The action scenes were well written, and given the genre where derring do is expected, while not exactly realistic in total, each scene could have transpired as they did. There was a nicely written scene at the end where literary tension was high.
My biggest issue with the book was the sex. I thought it was unrealistic, there was way too much of it, and worst of all, it was boring.Read more ›
I don't enjoy reading about cold blooded brutality, whether it's real or imaginary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first half of this book is much better than the second half with all its highly improbable action scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert P. Campbell
This ismy second novel written by this author; and, am reading on my third. If one loves authentic, historically correct and with non-stop action , intrigue, with plenty of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Windsprings
I like WW-II thrillers but this did not qualify. I found the characters dull and too predictable. I got 1/2 way thru before I deleted it.Published 2 months ago by O. L. Codger
I have read all of Driskell's books and loved them all. He should be listed with the top suspense writers. Give him a try.Published 2 months ago by Ron
I enjoyed the twists in the story, and I really liked the main character. It wasn't outstanding, but I would probably read another book by this author.Published 3 months ago by sarahmarlowe(randomeducator)
Do not think much of the writer, did not finish, tossed it.Published 4 months ago by louis robinson
This is a solid, satisfying read. The story is weak in a few spots, but the characters are compelling and well-developed, and the story is interesting enough to finish the book... Read morePublished 7 months ago by David MacGuire
Good pace. A few to many coincidental occurrences. Liked the way characters merged and surprises of their demise. Was not expecting it.
A few too many analogies. Read more
Thanks I love spy espionage thrillers and this kept me on the edge. I am very interested reading your other thrillers.
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