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The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Laurie
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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"Clever and hilarious, with a story that is intricate, tense and well researched - and unstintingly joyous read" (Time Out)

"A ripping spoof of the spy genre" (Vanity Fair)

"A very funny book ... makes many another comic novel look slow-witted in comparison" (Sunday Telegraph)

"A terrific debut" (Daily Telegraph)

Book Description

From the brilliantly funny Hugh Laurie, British comedian and star of TV medical drama House, comes a debut novel that will have his existing fans - and anyone who loves the dark humour of Stephen Fry and Ben Elton's books - laughing out loud.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 067102082X
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (8 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S78S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat. 25 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This book was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish, nothing like I expected. I was expecting a funny book. Don't get me wrong it is funny, but it is mainly a thriller about a guy being swept up in a chain of events beyond his control. Laurie suceeds in drawing you into the plot and making you empathise with the main character. It is excellently written with twists and turns a plenty, keeping you on the edge of your seat, especially the superb climatic rooftop ending. I particulary liked the use of quotations at the beginning of each chapter, which gave a little clue as to where the story was going, making you want to read on. In a lot of thrillers you can work out what's going to happen before you have got to the middle however in The Gun Seller the plot thickens so much that it isn't until the last few pages that the whole thing comes together. Indeed it's only in the last chapter that you work out the full meaning of the title. Hugh Laurie is a talented novelist and can do much more than just be funny.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackly funny and great fun 7 Sep 2007
Don't buy this expecting it to be high literature and you won't be disappointed. Some beautiful set-pieces and nicely human characters keep the entertainment turned up high and you could easily read this in one go as it whizzes along. The second half of the book seems slightly sketchy compared to the first half but by then you are so keen to stay with the story it doesn't really matter and doesn't spoil the enjoyment. One of a very small number of books that made me laugh out loud.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp 1 April 2007
Fast-moving plot, written with panache and wit. From the opening sequence, when we witness the hero having his arm nearly broken by the thug I found this book to be engrossing. As others have written, it was hard to put down. The book is scattered and splattered with wry, comic, sharp observations on how and why people react to each other. Some of the scenes, where Lawrie described body language and dialogues were original and I found myself rereading them to increase the pleasure. The detailed and seemingly accurate description of firearms, Czech republic, Morocco, London were enthralling. Loved it! Good work, Mr Lawrie!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boys Own romp 25 Jun 1999
By A Customer
This book belts along at a cracking pace and you end up feeling almost as battered and bruised as our hero. Part Tom Clancy, part Enid Blyton, part Douglas Adams...make of that what you will, this book is so well written you wonder why Laurie didn't write it years ago. You can't help loving the main character because he is so obviously the modest, James Bond, action-man that the author always wanted to be. Comparisons with Stephen Fry's The Liar are hard to avoid and while Laurie lacks the high brow references and tongue-in cheek snobbery of Fry, The Gun Seller is equally riddled with fantastic characterisations, laugh-out-loud moments and good old British jingoism.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
Series three of 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' includes some sketches entitled 'The Department' which feature a first class pastiche of a secret agent and his handler with mangled cliches and nonsense dialogue delivered absolutely deadpan:

ALAN: Did he tell you what happened to my last partner?
WOMAN: Shot dead on the steps of the Prague Embassy. I've read the file.
ALAN: Yeah? Well files ain't a lot of use when you're staring down the barrel of a knife.

ALAN: Look, if you've hauled me all the way out here ...
HANDLER: Calm yourself, Alan. There's reason in my madness. Now tell me. What do you know of Carl Albert Beiderbeck?
ALAN: Beiderbeck. 5'11". Blue build, medium eyes. Father was a Romanian circus acrobat, did some courier work for the Soviets in the late fifties. Mother was a small business adviser for the Midland Bank in Altrincham. Small arms, big feet. Fluent at the violin. Distinguishing marks, a small mole in his garden.
HANDLER: Ha. I'm impressed Alan.
ALAN: I've seen the file.

Now, though the DNA of 'A bit of Fry and Laurie' is there in The Gunseller (not to mention evidence of Laurie's lifelong diet of P.G. Wodehouse) the balance of about 95% pretty competent Ludlum/Deighton thriller alloyed with 5% spoof didn't really work for me. The central character is too good at his job, makes too few mistakes and is too genuinely suave to really sit with the motif of humour which runs throughout the story, attempting to chip the edges off the seriousness but succeeding instead in undermining the empathy and suspence.

Though he undoubtedly gives good spy, the bits of Laurie were enjoyable but a little incongruous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Dead Pan Funny Thriller 22 Mar 2011
I loved this thriller. I wasn't expecting the humourous side of it, but it really improved it's readability index. It's dead pan quips almost sound as though they are coming from the voice of Laurie. You won't need an audio book! The thriller itself builds up well, leaving you wanting to find out more all the way. I think he should write another and it's been a long time since this came out. I don't usually bother to put out reviews unless there are top marks to give.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the gun seller 2 Aug 2007
This was recommended to me by a good friend after I recommended Ian Fleming's Bond novels to her..which incidently I recommend to anyone who has already read and enjoyed the gun seller. The Gun Seller is full of dry, sarcastic's a good laugh and I loved it. Anyone who likes A Bit Of Fry And Laurie should makes this top of their essential reading!
Thomas Lang is fantastic, his reluctance to be anything more than your average British male is what, in my opinion, makes him what he is. I suppose that it's different for everybody but that's one of the great things about the book for me, as well as the incredible plot!
I can't wait for Mr. Laurie's next book! (September 27th - hopefully!) Thank-you Mr. Laurie!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story Good Read
This is one of those books that you just have to keep reading as you keep needing to know what is going to happen to the main character, its a shame when you get to the end as it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Hugh, please stay away from singing, and trash novel writing, and just...
This just seemed to be another sub-standard act of drawing on your celebrity...the novel was, how can I say this? lousy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. H. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Hugh Laurie
Please please read this book if you haven't already it's very witty and a real page turner I only wish Hugh Laurie would write another novel.
Published 4 months ago by frankie
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather disconnected
My problem was in finding it hard to identify the characters or feel I knew much about them. I have just realised that having finished the book a couple of days ago I can't now... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barker the Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing after the first chapter
I wasn't aware of Hugh Laurie as an author till a friend told me about this book. I found the first chapter a little turgid (don't know why) and nearly gave up on continuing to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deepak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and solid book!
This is a very good book by all accounts and I very much enjoyed it. I gave it a four star rating because I found it entertaining as well as witty but although my admiration for... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam Stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars My latest book club book...
Though the book is very funny, it is slightly disjointed, and I am having real problems finishing it. It is put-downable...
Published 7 months ago by Ms. C. Whiting
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Started reading this but lost interest pretty quickly, maybe it was just my mood at the time, may try again in the future, love high Laurie so hope I can enjoy his book.
Published 7 months ago by Zobra
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend
My friend is a huge Hugh Laurie fan and was thrilled to receive this. She said she loved the story and would highly recommend it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by courtneyraptor
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, entertaining adventure thriller
I picked this up on the recommendation of a friend - and enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. The writing is crisp, the plot moves along at a gallop, the characters become... Read more
Published 9 months ago by nevillek
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