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A firecracker of a spy novel,
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This review is from: Typhoon (Paperback)
I found out about Charles Cumming via a friend at Facebook, and having read his first novel, subsequently went through Typhoon in a matter of a few days. It is consistently excellent. He captures the chaos, nervousness and exhuberance of Hong Kong leading up to the 1997 handover, and fast-forwards deftly into the quasi-capitalist China of our own time. One can really feel what it is like to work there.
There are no clever gadgets, no silly car chases, or gimmicks. But I reckon that even Ian Fleming himself would have loved this book for its mixture of realism and excellent characterisations. And the twist at the end is worth waiting for.
The central character, Joe Lennox, is likeable but not sanctimonious. It is totally believable that a man like that works in the SIS.
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