3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2013
I've had a very enjoyable Christmas 2012 and New Year 2013 reading this brilliantly good value and old-fashioned three decker volume of 'Free Agent', 'Song of Treason' and 'The Moscow Option' in a suitably entitled cover name of 'The Dark Chronicles.' Jeremy Duns is clearly a serious espionage writer, who has researched his genre with great authority, passion and originality and conjures a creative thriller pace and drive where the central character Paul Dark resonates with all of the ambiguities and ideological agonies facing some British exponents of the dark arts of spying during the middle of the twentieth century.
The quality of the writing is very high. I found it most enjoyable picking out the potential influences, subtle inter-textual touches from the well-established psycho-socially resonant field of spy novel writing.
I feel we have a British Alan Furst in the making if not already the finished article. I hope Mr. Duns does not mind the comparison. I believe he is living and writing in Sweden. I am fascinated how his exposure to the land of Wallander may influence his future writing. Think of all the period espionage potential in Stockholm during the Second World War? Duns is an author I shall be watching out for in the future, and buying. And furthermore, if the BBC has been minded to make Furst's 'The Spies of Warsaw', they should certainly think very hard and be quick about optioning and making a series out of the Paul Dark novels.