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on 27 August 2009
I have enjoyed Patrickj Robinson' work over the years - albeit I believe his earlier books were better structured and full of more interesting detail.
This latest (and presumably last) tale in the series concerning Admiral Morgan and the SAS defector, I found to be very disappointing.
The "hero" is only believable if you subscribe to the belief that anything America does to protect itself and its people is by definition morally right. I thought that - and the view that any lie will do to support that aim - is where the previous US President parted company with most of us so it's disappointing to read it being re-propagated here.
Robinson is of course entitled to his own political views - but labeling the UK a socialist country, and Tony Blair a "cream-puff" - only accentuates the extent to which he has allowed such political views to permeate his story (and I am not defending any political viewpoint here).
Robinson's penchant for detail was great when it provided backup for the story, but I am not sure how many of us are interested in which vine in which field the grape grew on every time someone lifts a glass in his tales - never mind who owns the damn field! Robinson seems to me to be very self-indulgent - or else he is trying to impress us all with his knowledge of wine. If it is the latter maybe he should write a book on wine (or maybe he is just touting for freebies!) In any event it gets very irritating and has sod all to do with the story line.
Finally, if Robinson wants to wallow in detail (geographical this time) he might like to get it right. Carlisle is not on the "east side" of England and the A66 road between the A1 to the M6 (Carlisle) does not touch the North York Moors at any point on its journey. In fact the North York Moors are entirely east of the A1.
All in all - a story-line which has elements of believability but is over-stretched by scarcely believable characters, then turned to irritation by irrelevant self-indulgent detail.
Robinson has a chance to turn over a new leaf with his next book so let's hope he does as his earlier work was excellent.