Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The reluctant hero, by Michael Dobbs

"When Harry Jones discovers that former friend Zac Kravitz's life is in danger, a debt of honour sends him on a perilous rescue mission to Ta'argistan, a mountainous and landlocked former Soviet republic bordering Russia, China and Afghanistan. Muscling his way onto a delegation of MPs who happen to be paying the state a visit, Harry finds an unlikely ally in the stubbornly independent Martha and together they devise a plan to break Zac out of the grim prison Bodima. But when the attempt backfires and he finds himself himself stuck in prison in Zac's place, little by little Harry realises that all is not as it seemed and that he has been lured into a web of international conspiracy. (from the publisher's notes.)
There's more than a touch of Boys' Own Adventure to this book, which also reminds me of tales by Alistair MacLean in his early days. Derivative or not, this is a cracking read. Yes, the boundaries of reality are stretched at times, but it's fast-paced, edgy and exciting. If you're a fan of adventure stories, give this a go.
Rating - I give this 4/5
Not bad!
Get this from the library
Reviewed by Jan @ Ballarat branch

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