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2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly lacking, 11 Nov 2013
This review is from: The Corporal's Wife (Hardcover)
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Many authors have a particular style, and if you like that style, then you will enjoy the other books by the author. This is the third book I have read by Gerald Seymour and am afraid it will be the last.

Seymour's style is to take a relatively basic storyline and intertwine the social interaction between the characters and get a feel for their personalities. This worked well in Holding the Zero (two snipers), but I found it lacking in The Outsiders. For me, this book takes that even further with weak, unbelievable characters and not enough to keep the reader interested despite the potential for a really good story.

The story is all about a defector from Iran (having been caught in a brothel) who is a potential superstar in terms of the secrets he can reveal. Once the debrief is underway, he refuses to reveal any more until his wife is extracted from Iran (despite the fact that she no longer cares from him at all). With such a ludicrous storyline no self-respecting armed forces would want to be involved, so private contractors and a student drop-out are brought in to do the job.

The problem here is that I was enjoying the main storyline rather than the sub-plot which is all about how the foot soldiers will have one perspective on the world, the interrogators another, the handlers another, and the decision makers back at base something altogether different. That part of the book is actually rather boring in my opinion, with characters who are easy to mix up with their odd nicknames, and just doesn't make enough of a storyline.

I only gave it two stars as I kept hoping there would be something more... the storyline had the potential to be a Frederick Forsyth masterpiece - sadly it wasn't.
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