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Carry on Carrie
on 23 September 2013
This is the first TV/Movie tie-in I have read that does total justice to the source material. Andrew Kaplan has it nailed. This is a perfect prequel story to events that lead to the emergence of Brody. The characters are explored in more depth and are so recognisable as portrayed on screen. This is no lacklustre story. It has a complexity that all good thrillers should have and explores the sectarian divide that makes for odd political alliances in the troubled middle east. This gives the story a realism that had the show not existed, then this would be an excellent thriller in its own right.
I would have expected a tie-in novel of the show to have been penned by its executive producer Howard Gordon, but having read his two very average 'Gideon' books, I'm glad it was left in the capable hands of an established thriller writer. The blurb on the back cover hints at more. I hope so. It would be nice to see some of the other characters portrayed who are less well known, but destined for a bigger role in the saga, particularly the mysterious and enigmatic Dar Adal, as played by the excellent F Murray Abraham.
I was so impressed with the book that I am now going to have a look at Andrew Kaplan's back catalogue. Based on the evidence of this story, I don't think i'll be disappointed. Give it a try.