- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: W. Morrow; 1 st edition (1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0688002013
- ISBN-13: 978-0688002015
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,701,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russian roulette Hardcover – 1973
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James Mitchell's terrific series is a must-read for all fans of spy-fi, especially if you like your agents with grit. Mitchell was an excellent writer but he was even better as a story-teller and his pacing and timing is fantastic.
James Mitchell, the series creator, wrote a handful of 'CALLAN' books (not all of them on the mark, which is surprising, as 'CALLAN' is his own creation), with 'RUSSIAN ROULETTE' continuing the tightly-paced action that began in 'A MAGNUM FOR SCHNEIDER' (aka 'A RED FILE FOR CALLAN'). This novel reads like one of the many excellent episodes that Mitchell himself penned for the series, and is certainly better than a good many of his contemporaries. The characters of David Callan, the hapless, smelly little lackey called Lonely, the cold-hearted head of 'The Section', known only as 'Hunter' (or 'Charlie'), and the effete yet ruthless assassin Toby Meres, are all fully-realised and fully-utilised here. The reader will most definitely not be bored or disappointed with such a colourful stable.
Here's hoping the rest of the 'CALLAN' series get a reprinting (yes, even the lesser of the novels). Callan & Co are certainly deserving of being reintroduced to their faithful followers, and introduced to a new generation of fans.
Callan is one of the British secret service assassins but his boss, Hunter, does a deal with the Russian KGB which involves Hunter allowing three KGB agents to come to England and kill Callan. As part of the deal Hunter leaves Callan weaponless and without the aid of the service or anyone else - except for his smelly thief friend Lonely, of course. With Lonely helping him to try and find a gun and some allies, Callan may just stand a chance against his would-be killers. However, Callan has an eye problem making him progressively blind and his co-worker/rival/enemy Meres is there to help make his life a shortened misery so the outcome is not so certain. Who is with who and why and what they do to each other - that's what this book is all about. As with all the Callan novels this has many interweaving plots and interconnecting characters which crop up in the TV series and other novels, making you feel like you've just dropped in again into the dreary back-stabbing world of the assassins.
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I loved the television series Callan, so was delighted when some of James Mitchell's novels were reissued. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shelly
exceptional hero. Great villains. A plot with twist that is not overly complicated. Character development is outstanding. one of the best spy novels out there.Published on February 16, 2014 by BC