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W. T. Tyler

Spies & Spy Fiction

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1rocketjk
Feb 16, 2010, 3:12pm Top

I'm currently reading and mostly enjoying The Ants of God by W. T. Tyler. Tyler was actually Samuel J. Hamrick, a former officer in the U.S. Foreign Service who turned to writing spy novels about, according to his obituary in the NY Times, "the adventures of burnt out cases." Here's the link to the full obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/10/books/10hamrick.html/partner/rssnyt/

The obituary goes on to say that although Hamrick/Tyler was generally praised for his powers of description and character, his skills at plotting were called into question. I'm finding Ants of God to more or less fit this description, as Tyler takes about 50 pages to get the story going much. I'm still enjoying the book, however, which is about the civil wars in and around Ethiopia and Sudan during the 80s.

At any rate, as a quick search within this group found no reference to Tyler, I was wondering whether anyone else here knew and/or enjoyed his work.

2Hagelstein
Feb 16, 2010, 7:28pm Top

Hadn't heard of him but I'll keep an eye out for his books.

3quartzite
Feb 17, 2010, 8:46am Top

I've read The Consul's Wife and gave it four stars-I think character and atmosphere was stronger than plot. I've got another but haven't read it yet.

4rocketjk
Feb 18, 2010, 1:55pm Top

For anyone interested, my review of The Ants of God (touchstones not working for this book for some reason) is here: http://www.librarything.com/work/2454313/reviews

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