The writing is strong and the characters are convincing (particularly Andrew Hale; nothing sells FUBAR like a super-spy scared shitless); in particular, the supernatural parts are done in a kind of "matte finish" that makes them feel eerily believable. In summary, I'd say it reads like Indiana Jones meets 007 meets Tom Clancy.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Declare, by Tim Powers
Tim Powers weaves a supernatural tale around the real-life facts of the British double agent / defector Kim Philby. (Philby's story was also the inspiration for John le Carré's spy novel Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which I can also recommend.) I am always impressed by espionage / political intrigue books because of the sheer level of detail & complexity that the author has to keep track of; Declare is even more impressive because so much of it is historical fact. However, I'm not always great at following it myself & frequently have to go back & re-read in order to be sure I really understand what's going on.
Posted by Angela Knotts