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3.8 out of 5 stars
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3.8 out of 5 stars
The Corporal's Wife
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 September 2013
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Gerald Seymour is a well established author and this is not the first of his novels I have read. The plot seems promising enough. A defector from Iran insists that his wife is brought out if he is going to continue to cooperate with the British authorities. A motley collection of mercenaries together with a young student who has studied Iran and who speaks Farsi, set about accomplishing this and, unsurprisingly, things run far from smoothly or predictably.

The main story here is quite interesting. We learn about the young student who, rather ill advisedly, jumps at the chance of adventure whilst having a naive ignorance of the dangers involved. The defector's wife, Faradeh, is also a fascinating character who, apparently, cannot stand her husband and has had nothing to do with him for years whilst living under the same roof. Rather unconventional behaviour in Iran I would imagine and a little surprising that he wants anything further to do with her.

If one was to read the parts of this story which appertained to the basic plot it would be an absorbing and fast moving adventure in the main. Unfortunately this would only run to a couple of hundred pages. The rest, interspersed throughout the book, concerns, in the main, the cynical machinations of the various members of the intelligence community who have such unlikely nicknames as Aunty (male) and Father William. Every time the main story seems to really get into gear we have these interruptions which are, frankly, not very interesting and just ruin the flow of the plot.

Worst of all, having shown themselves to be uncaring, manipulative and unprincipled, the ending of the story depends on these people acting completely out of character in an action which they take. I was fast losing patience in any case, but this really put the seal on things for me. Gerald Seymour is a capable author who can narrate a good story. This is not one of them in my opinion.
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on 2 October 2013
I've been reading his books since Harry's Game. But trying to read this was perplexing. I read it on my Kindle Fire which may well have contributed to my lack of enjoyment. Seymour' s tale has so many strands and many of them are run together in a chapter. Possibly the print version has a means of separating the threads that do not appear on the Kindle version. So, you are reading a passage in which a male is taking action then the chapter continues and it is only halfway through the next passage that the reader realises the story thread has altered. Very frustrating and adds to the tedium of Seymour' s writing style.
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on 9 August 2017
What a boring story. I kept putting it down in frustration but saw it through to the end, hoping it would get better. Confusing plot line; poor ending. As for the stuff about snipers!!
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on 14 August 2017
Very much in the style of Seymour with several interlocking stories coming together. Very well rounded characters, I judge books in regard to learning something totally new, this book certainly achieved this!
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on 5 August 2017
Good story with up to date conflicts. Always easy to follow written by Seymour
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on 30 June 2017
A simple main storyline to get a reluctant "defector's" wife out of Iran with with a number of sub plots woven in, to make a complex overall tale with gritty realism.
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on 26 August 2013
We have read quite a few of Gerald Seymour books, we just love his writing ,have told loads of people about them. This book was gripping from beginning to end, and the bonus was getting it on my kindle , a wonderful wonderful read.
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on 18 August 2017
Very good book - different!
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on 14 August 2017
I am finding it very hard to read and very confusing the story.
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on 5 June 2017
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