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Crisis by Frank Gardner

Crisis (2016)

by Frank Gardner

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Very gripping and enjoyable; reminds me of reading Clancy's techno-thrillers in the 1990's! Looking forward to Ultimatum! ( )
  mnorfolk49 | Jul 12, 2017 |
A fun, exciting and well paced read that feels like the heir to Feederick Forsyth's techno thrillers. Exciting in places, without information dumps, this is a good holiday read and one that although cinematic and entertaining would be something that I would chose to read again. It has a certain predictability about it, unfortunately, but still read it for the journey whilst you're on a sun lunge, and I think you'll be enjoy it. ( )
  aadyer | Mar 18, 2017 |
Frank Gardner spent years as a foreign correspondent, travelling to some of the world’s most embattled areas. In 2004 he was shot six times by Al-Qaeda sympathisers, and his cameraman died in the same assault. Since then he has been the BBC’s Security Correspondent. He does, therefore, know his stuff when it comes to the interaction of the various intelligence agencies, and it shows in this novel.

The pace is fairly furious, with the action moving between London, North Korea and the more remote reaches of the Colombian rain forest. The pace never lags, and his protagonist, Luke Carlton (formerly in the Special Boat Service and now on contract to MI6) is eminently resourceful. The book is, however, rooted in realism, despite the hectic pace at which the plot develops, and pays attention to current themes such as rendition and what means are legally acceptable for the intelligence and enforcement services, even when faced with the potentially greatest threats to national security. While the pace if fairly furious, and action abounds, I felt it still veered more towards the le Carre school of espionage writing than that of Ian Fleming. Gardner lacks the measure and glorious cadence of le Carre’s purple prose, of course, but then who doesn’t?

Very entertaining, and I look forward to Carlton’s next outing. ( )
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