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An unhappy fusion of 2 styles,
This review is from: Declare (Mass Market Paperback)
Tim Powers books usually blow me away with both his narrative style and the sheer grandeur of his ideas. In "Declare" the ideas are just as grand, but his choice of writing the book in the style of a Cold War thriller makes the book quite leaden.
The story is about a british agent who makes a discovery about the supernatural world that is being manipulated by the superpowers - most notably by the Soviet Union. Powers cleverly weaves this concept into his novel by juxtaposing two time streams - 1948 and 1963 so that the story skilfully unfolds. He has clearly done his homework - the precision of description of cities and the pen portraits of real people are very well portrayed.
However, the stark style of the cold war thriller slows the book down, which I think is a shame as the concept is an interesting one. The main characters are artfully drawn but none really captured my enthusiasm or my sympathy. The action scenes in the book are short and sharp - and separated by far too much long-winded dialogue.