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The Gun Seller Unknown Binding – 1996


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  • Publisher: Heinemann (1996)
  • ASIN: B0063DRP1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr Smith on 7 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By D. J. MELHUISH on 1 April 2007
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A Lunt on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
As a huge fan of Hugh Laurie's comic/acting career, I was inclined to read this. While at moments the writing is witty, funny and down-to-earth (unlike some other books I've read where the characters and plot feel otherworldly), limited character development prevents you from truly with the book. Hugh should have spent more time developing Lang's character concerning his career in the armed forces instead of focusing on trying to force plot twists. While some plot elements are intriguing and have interesting ideas behind them, a lack of subtlety and credibility makes certain things tough to believe and/or take seriously. Although I find this book in parts witty, what is sacrificed in depth is a harsh trade-off. Worth a read for fans of Hugh I think, however there are much better espionage books out there.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
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 suspense.

Though he undoubtedly gives good spy, the bits of Laurie were enjoyable but a little incongruous.
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