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A different type of thriller ... and well worth a read!
on 6 November 2012
Where to begin?
As other reviewers have pointed out, there's clearly a lot to read. All 788 pages of it.
Unlike other reviewers, however, I hesitate to recommend the services of an editor to do some judicious pruning. Having neither the talent nor the time to create a work on this scale, I am reminded of the following dialogue from the movie, Amadeus:
My dear young man, don't take it too hard. Your work is ingenious.
It's quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that's all.
Cut a few and it will be perfect.
Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?
And that's because the novel reads well from start to finish. Given the author's background in writing short, sharp copy for newsletters, it's hardly surprising each page flows smoothly to the next. Having to re-read a sentence or a paragraph is a rarity.
The main characters are well rounded human beings that one can relate to. If Derek Olsson or Alison McGuire were to cross the street, I would probably recognize them, such is the familiarity engendered over the course of the novel.
The same applies for the villain of the piece, Frank McKurn, a credibly nasty piece of work, without the caricature of wanting world domination (outside of Australia, at any rate).
It is left, however, to a tier two character, Karla Preston, to deliver the best lines. And these are the expressions of Mark Tier's libertarian view of the world, which force a re-think of conventional wisdom and appear, unfortunately, far too infrequently in the work. The discussion on the morality of taxation is priceless!
Other noteworthy aspects include the gripping reality of the fight sequences and the palpable sense of fear readers share with the main characters at key moments throughout the narrative. As the action moves through various locations, these are described with a flair that paints a vivid mental picture for those who have not had the pleasure of visiting any of them yet - especially the Australian locales.
Where the novel truly shines is in the clinical dissection of politics and, in particular, Australian politics. It could comfortably serve as a primer for first year University students embarking on an education in Political Science (although there are likely to be some interesting debates on the instructional value of the multiple references to Alison Maguire's bosom).
On balance, this reader would recommend 'Trust Your Enemies' ... especially on an eReader!