The Reluctant Hero Hardcover – Feb 4 2010
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About the Author
Michael Dobbs - Baron Dobbs of Wylye - is an active member of the House of Lords and an internationally bestselling author who has never been far from controversy. He has worked at the centre of British politics for Margaret Thatcher, John Major and now David Cameron, and was once described as 'Westminster's baby-faced hit man'. He is the author of 17 thrillers, including House of Cards which became a hugely successful television drama, and three previous Harry Jones thrillers, The Lords' Day, The Edge of Madness and The Reluctant Hero. He tries to live quietly near a pub and a church in Wiltshire. For more information, go to www.michaeldobbs.com.
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Forsyth's later books don't have the same kind of detail (though in fairness, I had read those earlier books when I was a teenager, so my perspective might not be the same today were I to re-read these books.)
The Reluctant Hero doesn't have huge amounts of details to impress the reader with the author's knowledge. It has basic character development sketched with the smae amount of detail as you might get for characters in a Bond film. It's a basic adventure story with rather generic villains and a rather generic plot. It takes place in an imaginary former Soviet Republic, and Dobbs does succeed in conveying a sense of the place that rings true. If you're looking for an effortless read to distract you on a flight or on the beach, this is worth getting. But we're certainly not breaking any new boundaries here.
"The Reluctant Hero" is saved by a spy-versus-spy feel that permeates the pages and results in a solid, Harry Jones no b.s. ending. All-in-all a good read, but not one of Mr Dobbs' best. If you like the character of Harry Jones, you'll enjoy this novel.