Fiction Book Club Liars & Thieves by Stephen Coonts Buy book: $16.35
"Liars and Thieves" is Stephen Coonts as you've never seen him before--a story as chilling as it is unforgettable. Tommy Carmellini, a CIA operative who is unafraid to walk both sides of the law to attain his objective, uncovers a dark conspiracy that leads to the highest levels of the American government-and to a ruthless manipulator who will stop at nothing to keep a decades-old secret.
Everyone buckle up....it's going to be a wild ride! I checked out a copy early and can't put it down. Spirited action, suspense, a wise-cracking hero, and the usual cast of on-the-edge characters. Not for everyone, but I'm loving it!
I don't usually start a review off with a "Wow!" -- but I was so engrossed that I was startled when I came to the end of today's short read. This book has all the ingredients of a best-seller and a film. It reads a bit like an old Raymond Chandler -- same humour -- but slicker and contemporary. Can I wait to read the rest of the week or should I rush out to buy a copy immediately?
I am so glad that I have been swamped at work since coming back from the holidays, because... I was able to read three days worth at one time - I can't wait until tomorrow. On second thought I don't think I can wait...I may have to head out to pick it up after work!
If you get the book, set aside a day for reading. I could NOT put it down! Is it great literature? NO! Does it address serious social issues? NO! Is it fun and exciting? YES!!! Thanks, Suzanne, for this absolutely delightful read. I'll be seeking more by the same author.
Having finished this one, I'll probably read his entire corpus, as I've done with a modest number of writers (Baldacci and deMille, to pick two having about the same stature as Coontz in my mind). Indeed I've already finished his first novel (which, incidently has been turned into a movie, his only one, if I'm not mistaken), "The Flight of the Intruder."
It may be that this novel represents the point at which the heroics are turned over to the next generation. While Jake Grafton (around which (as a lieutenant) the "Flight of the Intruder" is woven, and who is the main character in almost all of his subsequent novels) still has some heroics left in him, it seems that Coontz has chosen this novel to make the transition to a (the?) younger hero.
Although I certainly enjoyed Liars and Thieves, I hope I don't come to expect that everyone outside Tommy's (or Jake's) intimate circle is to be distrusted. Also, it may be that I got confused somewhere along the line, but it was my impression from something I'd read that Camanelli didn't take much to technical stuff (presumably hi-tech), yet as I also seem to recall, he certainly had no trouble making use of it. And, whereas he was seemingly modest about his own level of fitness (and skills) (at least when he compares himself to others) it seems at the same time he is able to better those he compares himself with, if the need arises. Perhaps this is a James Bond feature, who does something akin to this.