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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

The Gun Seller (original 1996; edition 1998)

by Hugh Laurie

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Title:The Gun Seller
Authors:Hugh Laurie
Info:Washington Square Press (1998), Paperback, 339 pages
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Tags:audio, humor

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The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie (1996)



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I love, love, love Hugh Laurie so when I saw this novel I knew I had to read it. And having seen the author play Bertie Wooster to Stephen Frye's Jeeves, I could hear his voice in my head and see him clearly as the main character. The Gun Seller is the spy novel P. G. Wodehouse would have written if he'd written spy novels. My only criticism is that the book is so funny it distracted me from the plot and I found myself frequently having to go back and re-read sections to refresh my memory. Those bits were just as funny the second time around so it was no hardship. All in all, it was a jolly good read. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
started well and then fizzled ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
This started out very funny, Wodehouse'ian humor. Then it ruined it for me by getting all serious and political.

And the entire Ronny/Sarah thing [ie, who does he choose], the does she love me, does she not love me", just turned me off." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Americans are most likely to know Hugh Laurie as the star of House. Which, great as he is in that, is kind of a shame, because if that's the only place you know him from, you've missed out on his long, hilarious career as a comic actor. And it turns out he's just as funny as a novelist, too, because this crazy spy thriller is written with a droll, pitch-perfect wit that makes pretty much every page a delight to read. Mind you, the plot is completely ridiculous, being convoluted and contrived and based on an idea that's pure tin-hat conspiracy theory. Which wouldn't be a problem, really, except that it was written in 1996, and its flippant, dated depiction of terrorism reads a lot more uncomfortably now than it would have then.

Rating: It's a little hard to decide how to rate this, but, hell, it's not Hugh Laurie's fault 9/11 happened, and even with some discomfort about that niggling in the back of my head, I still enjoyed it a lot. So I'm going to call it 4/5. ( )
1 vote bragan | Oct 1, 2016 |
Although it can drag on a bit in some places, The Gun Seller is an enjoyable novel full of wit, sarcasm and humour that makes you smile. A well structured plot helps to keep the ball rolling, and it's protagonist is definitely one of a kind... ( )
  michael.cox120 | Apr 20, 2016 |
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It's the highest compliment to say: Why on earth didn't anyone think of doing this before? What a great idea. . . This is a genuinely witty and sophisticated entertainment.

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Thomas Lang, a drifter and former officer of the Scots Guards, is offered a contract to murder a wealthy London CEO. He decides to warn the victim instead of killing him. Unfortunately, Lang is thrown into a James bondish run for his life.
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Wodehousian spy
versus arms-dealing cartel
written by. . . Prince George?

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British actor and comedian Hugh Laurie's first book is a spot-on spy spoof about hapless ex-soldier Thomas Lang, who is drawn unwittingly and unwillingly into the center of a dangerous James Bond-like plot of international terrorists, arms dealing, high-tech weapons, and CIA spooks. You may recall having seen Laurie in the English television series Jeeves and Wooster; Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the clutzy hero of the P.G. Wodehouse comic novels that originated those characters. The lineage from Wodehouse's Wooster to Laurie's Lang is clear, and, if you like Wodehouse, you'll probably love The Gun Seller.

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Offered a large sum of money to perform an assassination, Thomas Lang chooses instead to warn the intended victim, only to find himself on the hit list and up against such adversaries as rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer.

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