- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1255 KB
- Print Length: 229 pages
- Publisher: MacLehose Press (19 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JIV9N28
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rotten With Honour Kindle Edition
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The story is smaller and shorter than the average Robinson novel. David Hale is a likeable hero, a thoroughly decent man ("rotten with honour," according to his Soviet nemesis), devoted to doing what's right, who discovers just how unsuited he is to life as a secret agent. He loves his country with a sort of naive, outmoded patriotism, and explains to his girlfriend Carol that he's willing to do what needs to be done to "keep the country clean for people like you". He may be willing, but he's not very good at it.
Most of the action takes place in London, following Hale's encounters with a ruthless Russian agent, Starin, as both of them try to get their hands on Project 107, which may or may not be the groundbreaking work of a genius scientist. Hale is a bungling, earnest amateur watched over by his boss and various other British agents; Starin is a coldblooded professional whose greatest problem is that he never expected his adversary to be so incompetent. Being a spy is enough trouble when everyone knows what they're doing; Hale's interference makes Starin's life even harder.
The plot chugs along, riffing on generic spy-novel tropes with Robinson's usual satiric wit. His ear for sharp dialogue is in full effect, and his characters are as keenly-observed as ever. He has always had an economy of language, and he manages to evoke even very minor characters with only a few well-picked words (the doorman "who only ever smiled to show the dentist where it hurt" is one of my favorites). The climax takes our heroes to Bristol, where the Soviet agents are stymied by incomprehensible road maps, street signs, and unhelpful natives. ROTTEN WITH HONOUR is a modest novel, but it's always fun to see a tired genre cleverly subverted by a great writer.
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