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The Standard is, if nothing else, a fantastic character study about a sexy, self-centered hero who is partnered with a callous reckless self-serving anti-hero with a complicated upbringing. Both men are compelled to work together to stop a creative and layered international terror plot for different reasons. Shanahan is looking to call this his swan song and to finally move from the field to the desk where he can begin to focus on building a real and stable life, and Gawain is compelled to participate as part of the stipulation of his release from incarceration.
Dizon does a great job painting the scenes in your mind. The words chosen for each sentence are carefully selected and very visual in nature making the story all the more real feeling. What I found most interesting was the subtle (and at times not so subtle) commentary on the small sacrifices we make to liberties in the pursuit of safety and security. Gawain and Shanahan are given an eerie amount of latitude with how far MI6 is willing to let them go into the grey to stop the terrorist's plot. This ethical flexibility and the resultant personal stances that are taken is what precipitates much of the most interesting character arc moments.
Thankfully, The Standard is more than just a masterful think-piece it is also a really captivating fly by the seat of your pants action story that would make Ian Fleming blush. Once Shanahan and Gawain are thrown together you quickly realize that this is a compelling, action-packed story that keeps you wanting to read more. The dialogue is equal parts wry wit and yet easily approachable. The dialects are well represented and I found myself easily reading with the appropriate accent in my mind. This was definitely a big plus.
The Standard is a thoroughly compelling read with some very interesting commentaries on personal ethics and morality and what we as a society are willing to sacrifice in the name of safety. You'll find yourself wondering where you would draw the line. The Standard is conceptually solid, and well worth the read for any fans of action/adventure and suspense. Once you are 10 pages in you will find yourself treated to a thoroughly enjoyable read and glad that you took the time pick up `The Standard'
There are two major characters. Jack Gawain starts off serving a life sentence in Maghaberry prison for his activities in the Ulster Defence Association. Bombings, killings, interrogations, no conscience problems with him, nevertheless he is possibly the most likeable character in this book. He is offered his freedom if he will use his talents to bring the cartels to warring with each other. He accepts, but he does not really believe the freedom will come, so he has an added agenda of setting himself up by acquiring spare sacks of currency from those he kills. The other character is William Shanahan, who is a sort of narcissist James Bond. Some of the minor characters are also reasonably well drawn, although they tend not to last very long.
If you are looking for action, this book has it in spades, and in many places, it is somewhat surprising and imaginative. Rather than a casino scene, we have a million dollar dominoes tournament! The author has thrown an enormous amount of plot into this book, there is never a dull moment, and the author can certainly write action scenes. Hardly a candidate for a Booker prize, but I could see a high octane (in one scene, literally!) movie made from it.
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