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Buy it, just buy it !!!,
This review is from: Typhoon (Paperback)
I find that I only review books that I really like, probably because there are too many that I think that are mediocre or even truly awful. So for the few books I have reviewed I have given 5 or on the odd occasion, 4 stars. Now I find myself more than just a bit constrained by the scoring system. I need more stars !!
Because Charles Cumming is exceptional. His Alec Milius trilogy were also very fine spy novels but now with Typhoon he has produced something quite different. Typhoon is a big novel with big characters and big issues. It meets the first requirement of a thriller; it is truly gripping, often not because of breath-taking action scenes, although there are plenty of those, but simply because of the way the dialogue crackles and fizzes off the page, or the way he captures the excitement of a particular scene. Even if you have never been to Hong Kong or China you are going to feel as if you are right there.
But this is more that just a top class thriller. The author is demonstrating that he can populate a wide canvas with multiple and fascinating characters, move around the world and between decades, take on political and cultural issues, and, from this potentially complex mix, produce that most rare of things; a great novel which is also a great adventure.
We are seeing a young author just getting into his stride and, seeing the jump he has made between his third and fourth novels, well, anything is possible. So hold those comparisons ! As another reviewer says, in Charles Cumming we may have a true original.