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Spy Dance Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2001
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Topol has the potential to write a good spy novel. He's really good at taking different threads of events and weaving them into a satisfying conclusion. He can develop a good hero and heroine, and integrate the different and contradictory perspectives of the characters to get the reader into the overall plot.
However, one of his techniques is to use character dialogue as a way to inform the reader on the background context of the story. This can be a cool way to subtly use characters to aid in the overall narrative. Topol, doesn't really pull it off, though. Some of the dialogue exchanges are so cheezed you can't help but roll your eyes.
Also, the political context he tries to develop is really two-dimensional. He ought to have a good researcher for his next book in order to help get the political flavor more full. His presentation of Middle Eastern politics were really flat and at times outright preposterous. He needs to do better research on the different theological schools and their influence on Saudi politics, and how much influence different countries are really able to have on partisans. Who sympathizes with whom, and all that. I got the sense that he had written the bulk of this novel years ago. It seemed really out of date in its attempts to present a plausible political struggle.
Likewise, his villains were flat and boring. "Madame Blanc" was hilariously goony. It was almost like a parody of Clancy, after a while. Topol's badguys are SO obviously bad that it takes away from the overall tension after a while.
All in all, with better research and editing oversight Topol ought to be able to write a good spy novel. He's really good at integrating a lot of competing interests into a complex smorgasborg. If he could match the machinations of the plot with a more plausible and interesting premise, his next book will also be appreciated on the next flight.
later? Because you can't invent a president, as the author does, without dating him after the incumbent, and that has to be 2005 at least. Do the math. Then ask yourself the probable minimum age for a station chief in Teheran in the midst of a crisis. Is it probable that Greg/David was less than 35. Give him that age or even a bit less and 26 years later he has to be 61 or close to it. It's impossible to believe that. Furthermore, I have no problem believing that Greg/David knew Farsi and Arabic, but
both Hebrew and Russian as well. It would be interesting to know how he got himself established in Russia, or was it the Soviet Union. Then, too, why does the Mossad pick him up for the Kouresh murder? On the other hand, why quibble with a book that keeps one turning pages. Oh! As for twofor, I had in mind the Mossad woman who is at first suspicious and then works with him.
hero of this story is Greg Nielsen. He is a former CIA agent who
escapes after being set up and assaulting a general. He assumes a
new identity and starts a mew life in Israel. His past catches
up with him and he is blackmailed into taking part in a huge conspiracy to depose House of Saud in Saudi Arabia.He is roped
in by several villains in this story namely Madame Blanc and General Chambers. He fights the forces of evil with a Mossad agent named Sagit and his step daughter Daphna. There is nonstop
action in this story. The plot is excellent. Greg Nielsen is in for a battle trying to stop the conspiracy from taking place. This is an exciting book that you will find difficult to put down
Read this book. You will not be dissapointed.
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