Genre: Spy novel, mystery, international intrigue

Notes: 6/50 books for the year.  I usually don’t read spy novels, and I remember why.  Not that this book isn’t good, but I am constantly shuffling back and forth between pages trying to remember why I am supposed to hate one person, who screwed who, and who is a double agent who double crossed his double crosser.

Review: Good god, can Hugh Laurie do no wrong? He is an actor, hot to boot, and now an author? For all of you who live under a rock, Hugh Laurie plays Dr. House, but is actually a British actor with a ridiculously sexy British accent and played on some British comedy shows like Black Adder. I read this entire novel in a British accent.  Sometimes out loud.  To my cat.

However, I will admit that this book did not blow my socks off.  Yes, Hugh Laurie did a great job.  Yes, the book was entertaining.  But on the whole, if i just took this book off of the shelf without knowing Hugh Laurie’s name?  Mehhhhh.  It’s a solid 3 of a novel.  Not bad, not great, nothing to write home about.  I think the hype surrounding this novel has more to do with Hugh Laurie (because it’s Hugh Laurie for god sakes) than the actual caliber of the novel.  It’s kinda like Archer mixed with James Bond mixed with bad puns.  The cover even sort of looks like Archer.

I will be the first to say that I am not much of a spy novel reader. I lose track of who is who and why I’m supposed to be flabbergasted by a realization and discovery.  And while reading it on my Kindle, it was difficult  to flip back to an earlier conversation to figure out who that person was.  Although I totally discovered a find function on the Kindle.  Like it would give me a listing of the word I searched for and where I could find it in the novel.  But I only figured that out like 3/4 of the way through the book.  I’m still not 100% clear on what actually happened in the novel other than it involved arms dealers, Americans, government contractors (shocked he didn’t call out Lockheed or SAIC on this one), and some terrorists.  But, again, understand that I don’t do spy novels. I don’t pay enough attention when I read to really get into them.

Bottom Line: On the whole, bravo, Hugh Laurie.  You are truly a gift not only to women, but to the world.  Don’t hide your genius. Why are British comedians/actors so much more brilliant than their American counterparts?  I’m not sure I’d read a novel penned by Brad Pitt or George Cloony, but bring on John Cleese, Hugh Laurie, or anyone from the Monty Python!

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