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Monday, 4 July 2016
SMOKESCREEN by Khaled Talib
4 out of 5 stars Political assassination conspiracy On Amazon UK HERE On Amazon.com HERE On Goodreads HERE
Smokescreen is a fast moving, all action, international thriller about
an assassination conspiracy, involving movers and shakers at the highest levels—think '24', James Bond, The Bourne trilogy, etc.
Magazine journalist and superficial Singapore socialite Jethro
Westropp (Jet West) is to be set up as 'the next Lee Harvey Oswald' - only he
knows nothing about it, and has no hint that anything is wrong until he meets
up with the beautiful and ill-fated Niki.
'He finds himself at the centre of a political plot so diabolical and
sweeping in its world implications that he is stunned to discover tomorrow’s
news headlines today': that comes from the blurb, one of the lines that made me
want to read the book!
It's well written and I can tell it's well researched; Talib obviously
understands the dark side of politics in the international arena. The characters are brilliantly over the top
stereotypes—that's not a criticism as I think these sort of books and films
rely on certain characters. Jet is
perfect as the amusing and unsuspecting hero, but I enjoyed the dialogue
between the older spies, agents and ne'er-do-wells best; X and the unscrupulous
Chan and Yung, for instance. There are
some good, witty lines!
There's a case for saying that these sort of stories work better in
films than in books, but this is very convincing, it's a jolly good plot and I
think anyone who loves this sort of book will thoroughly enjoy it. There's certainly never a dull moment.