Quiller: Ninth Directive: The 9th Directive Paperback – 16 Mar 1995
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I don't know about making it a movie though. It's the reading & Quiller's inner thoughts that make it such a perfect read. Trabslated to action it may lose part of it's appeal - &who's going to get all that karate right without turning it into Crouching Tiger or something?
Adam Hall's novels are hard to find even in paper back (having scrounged for a few years I've come up with and read about eleven of them -- there are still a lot I've never even seen). The books are gritty, fast-paced, intelligent yet action-packed. They take you all over the world, to places like Berlin to Peking to the Sahara Desert. There's not a dull moment nor a flase step in any of the novels I've read to date.
Quiller is my favorite literary character -- it's a shame no one's made a really good series of movies out of Adam Hall's books. (What's so great about Ian Flemming, anyway?)
You'd be well advised to go out NOW and do anything you can to find a Quiller book. Chances are, you'll have it finished by sunrise tomorrow.
The way Quiller moves through the dark and dangerous areas in Russia, his belief in his cause, his doubt in his ability, build a tension that is felt by the reader as Quiller gets on with it and does the job after overcoming various problems. The book is written in the first person which makes the reader feel directly involved in the happenings. A clever and effective form of entertainment.
It is disappointing that it is so hard to buy these books in hard cover as they are a 'read again and again' addition to anybody's library.