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Bonfire Night

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd (26 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727858785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727858788
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,466,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Mitchell was born in 1926 but did not start writing until he was thirty. He is the creator of the hit TV series Callan, which he first wrote in 1957 as a one-off play for Sunday's Armchair Theatre. He also wrote the second series of 'When The Boat Comes In'.


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Format: Hardcover
For those who know the old British TV series of Callan, about a government secret service assassin, this book is nothing but a major disappointment from beginning to about as far as you can manage to read into it. I still can't get past three-quarters. For anyone else, maybe you will like this.
I don't know what drugs Mitchell was sniffing when he wrote this book but the main character of Callan, the hard and nasty assassin, is now an uber-rich businessman in Spain with a toff woman, while smelly thief Lonely has done a computer course while in the nick and is now a super multi-millionare in a business partnership with Callan.
Not only are the characters almost unrecognisable, there are a host of other unmemorable characters including a female Hunter (too James Bond for me). The plot is something about an ex-East German interrogator after Callan, but it's hard to make any sense out of it. The style of writing is inexplicably difficult to read and often you can't tell who is who or even who is speaking or what is happening. It seems to be trying for a 'style', but I gotta say - it's missed badly. Pretend you never saw this book and your life as a Callan fan will continue untarnished.
P.S. Note to authors - don't change your style and your loved characters when that is what your readers buy. It just annoys them.
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Reviewing this book is both a pleasure and a disappointment. Many thanks go to Ostara for publishing this book, and within most people's
price range.In his introduction to the book the author James Mitchell's son Peter informs us in his very first line that the book "should never have been published" I would say why not, true the plot and characteriastions (particularly) of Callan and Lonely are a little too implausibe at times, but I would say that you have to re-engage with the characters, after all the book is set in the early 2000's and people do move on, although some of their idiosyncrasies are still retained. I would say buy it now, read it and thank James Mitchell for his creation. Thanks also go to the Editor Mike Ripley, bringing the world of Callan to a close for all his many fans. I would encourage readers to seek out Mr. Ripley's books and his website and get back to having fun reading.
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Format: Hardcover
Speaking as a Yank CALLAN fan and a professional writer, I'm sorry to say the nays have it. In this last CALLAN novel, the late James Mitchell decided to acknowledge the 25 year gap between books and revisit the two main characters as older men. What disappoints most is not the way Mitchell has envisioned Callan and Lonely (now Roger) in 2001 --- which is a bit incredible, not how any Callan staffwriter would have done it, and seems a little like a mashup with some other story universe -- but, hey, they're his characters and I was perfectly happy to view them as he did. No, what breaks your heart most is the prose...and a palpable deterioration of craft and technique. Mitchell always loved deep internalization, but in BONFIRE NIGHT, he is SO deep into personae that basic what's-going-on narrative has been stripped down to an exercise in minimalism. In fact, full disclosure: past the halfway mark I finally admitted to myself that it was incomprehensible and put it down, defeated. I not only wonder where the editor was; I wonder where James Mitchell was; the novel is almost a fever dream. If you're a completist collector (like me) and MUST have the book, don't spend the collector's prices usually asked; wait till you find one for a few quid or less (which, happily, I did). Otherwise, steer clear and settle for the brilliant and essential first four: [A] RED FILE FOR CALLAN (aka MAGNUM FOR SCHNEIDER, aka simply CALLAN), RUSSIAN ROULETTE, DEATH AND BRIGHT WATER and SMEAR JOB. If you believe that iconic characters have a life of their own (and of course you do) trust me: Callan, Lonely, Meres and all the Hunters would prefer it that way...
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Format: Hardcover
This was the fourth Callan novel I read and to be perfectly frank...it's awful.
James Mitchell passed away shortly after this book came out and one can't help but wonder what he was trying to do.
If you like the Callan stories stay away from this one as it is Callan only in name.
Personally I could not even get half way through and I am a HUGE Callan fan.
This is not Callan as we know and love him.
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