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Any story that begins with a visit to Starbucks in the first two lines has my attention. (No I don't work for Starbucks, but I am addicted to vanilla lattes and I do live in Seattle!)
I loved that the protagonist was an actor...and all the details that I'm assuming come from David McCallum's experience (I had such a crush on him in The Man From UNCLE).
I always cast novels...and I could just see that funny guy from Wings and Sideways as Harry. And Danny DeVito as one of the Bruschettis anyway. Right?
I loved his details...and how all the characters..well, most of them anyway...were appealing. I really cared what was going to happen to them...it's just that after 3/4 of the book...I begin to say (as I so often do nowadays)..GET ON WITH IT!!
So I skimmed on through to the very satisfying conclusion.
If McCallum puts down his scapel (after he carves a grin onto Mark Harmon's stone face in NCIS)and picks up his pen (well...stylus, maybe) again...I'll buy it!
Harry is likeable. An actor caught up in something bigger than himself. Cool concept that could have been done so much better. As the writer is an actor himself, I'm not surprised that Harry is so good at EVERYTHING - apparently, playing a killer/bomber/spy/etc makes you able to act like one. It's okay. Harry is the only positive aspect of this book, so I'm willing to overlook it.
If this wasn't bad enough, we have a completely useless (to the plot) sex scene where the main female, taken hostage, tied up, trying to figure out how to get away from the casually violent and homicidal mafia don is strapped to a bondage table and raped. During this she figures out, wow, how about that? I'm actually totally turned on by angry, nasty, rapists who tie me up! Not since Luke and Laura have I been as disgusted by the notion that a woman falls for her rapist.
I made myself finish this book out of respect for Mr. McCallum. But... no. Nope. Not good.
I love David McCallum, his acting and his intellect and his willingness to do in-depth research for his roles. I admire his use of the language and I am very pleased that he took the step of becoming an American citizen.
However, this book is what he says it is, which is a collection of scenes (loosely pulled together around a plot by his editor, who also seems to have written about half the scenes). Now, I have a similar problem, in that I tend to write scenes and have no particular ability to write a plot, so it's a bit rude of me to point this out.
The problem is that I have read this once, enjoyed the heck out of it, and will never read it again.
I very much appreciate that Mr. McCallum shared his "scenes" with us. Thank you, sir.
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