Aaargh! Oh God how I love to hate (and hate to love) this book. In its over-machoism, its super-human characters and its impossibly pathetic erotic scenes this novel really is horrible. I can't stand it! Then why did I give it a rating of 5? Well, it does deserve a 1 for the afore-mentioned reasons, but...it is also one of the most thrilling books I have ever read, it really is a page-turner, the suspense keeping intense throughout every page. And for this it deserves a 10. So I figured I'd compromise with a 5. By the way, in "London Fields" the narrator Sam keeps mentioning that he's reading a book that sounds very much like this one and he refers to it as "an awful little piece of &@34!;. I wonder if it's the same book?