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This one had me worried,
This review is from: Nemesis: (Falco 20) (Hardcover)
Normally a Falco book will accompany me on summer holiday and that's why I bought "Nemesis"; but a few things - the blurb on the back, the title and the events of the first chapter or so - read on the train - made me speculate, was this the end of the line for Falco? As I've come to like the guy over the last 20 books I suspected that if it was a finit for Falco, I'd be a bit glum. So I read it without further delay(and bought "Wounds of Honour" to fill the gap...); well, one pounding good read and yes, a distinctly dark turn in the career of a previously wisecracking character. In fact, it was a welcome dark turn as I often found (like some other reviews)the foreign adventures a bit slow or at worst fanciful. I'd call this a reboot of Falco - just as Casino Royale rebooted Bond - grittier and with a fairly nasty undercurrent. Frankly, I expected a higher body count in the Falco Faction given the air of menace that lurks throughout.
A few comments have been made about the torture and Helena's attitude. One thing to remember, if I remember correctly that is -Falco's job in the army was a speculator - scouting and intelligence; so, it's a fair bet that this wasn't the first time he used "enhanced interogation". Bluntly, given what went down in Britain during his tour of duty, Falco's hands are probably very dirty already. As for Helena's attitude, well she may not have liked what was going on but may also have been putting strategic distance between her, the children and the actions of Falco and Petro. Falco, Petro, Maia, Helena, all of them (and Helena's brothers) seem by the end to be ready to go to war against, ah the bad guys. It's like the scene in "Godfather" when the Corleones are discussing "going to the mattresses". This is Rome - Helena's family dodged the knife under Nero so she knows the score.
To conclude my ramblings, I loved this book - it was grittier and uglier and yet showed Falco trying to keep to the light side of the street. As to the future, I thought this was the end but it wasnt, roll on more - set in Rome and just as edgy. And personally, if I were Falco I'd worry about Domitian, exile is the best to hope for from him.