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May 2007
Declare - Tim Powers - HarperTorch, 2001
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John Le Carre is not one of my favourite authors. I have read two of his novels (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Honourable Schoolboy, if memory serves) and didn’t think much of them. The dingy, largely undramatic milieu that he creates is undoubtedly truer to real-life espionage than the fantasy worlds of Bond and his ilk, but I find it hard to warm to his grey and unlikeable characters or care about their obscure and convoluted motives. Tim Powers’ attempt to liven up the genre with a twist of the supernatural is therefore welcome, but sadly his impersonation of Le Carre is too accurate and makes this yet another book that isn’t as good as The Anubis Gates.
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