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CHARACTERS ¼ TALENTFORVIPS.CO.UK ✓ TrevanianN climibing should find a walk in the country so fraught with difficulty Permit me to hold this barbed wire p for you oh well you said you were not particularly fond of this jacket He is The True King of Dahaar (A Dynasty of Sand and Scandal uoted in his Wikipeadia entry as saying the following of his fans The Trevanian Buff is a strange and wonderful creature an outsider a natural elitist not so much a cynic as an idealist mugged by reality not just one of those who march to a different drummer but the solo drummer in a parade of one Masterfully read by Joe Barrett He does the Vicar with exactly the right amount of pretentoiusness and smug arrogance The book is a nice mix of intelligent lampoonery with traditional thrillerheroaction This book has a brilliant title which gave me interesting visions of what Jonathan Hemlock would bep to The title and the previous novel The Eiger sanction were enticing enough to pick More George W. Bushisms up a copy and read itThis is a novel about the dark side of spy craft it leaves nothing intact of the romanticized idea of spies in the UK it is than shady it is kind of awefull The retired assassin Hemlock is doing a series of lectures in the UK and he gets caught in a situation where a dying man is found on his toilet also known as loo in the UK Instead of paying him to do a service a spy agency by the name of the Loo blackmails Hemlock into doing a job for them Everything that happens in this book has something less than tastefulness about it none of the characters are sympathetic including the leading character the story takes a time to get started and when it does nobody endsp looking goodIt is a spy story that is aimed at showing how bad that world can be compared to
the flashy 007 stories and their ilkThe book is well written but the story is kind of a downer and isflashy 007 stories and their ilkThe book is well written but the story is kind of a downer and is meant like that but it is also a step down from the previous novel which might have been a parody but did offer a far better storyNot really recommended for reading nless you feel like a bit of soft SM My experience
With Trevanian Has Been ATrevanian has been a bag big winners and eually big losers In my opinion this one falls into the losers category It is a dull dark sordid tale of assorted criminals and their activities A total waste of time A reread of this book and I have to say it didn t ite live p to my memories and it definitely doesn t live p to the billing of it s well known preuel The Eiger Sanction "Jonathan Hemlock is in London doing a series of lectures he has cut ties with CII the spy organization "Hemlock is in London doing a series of lectures he has cut ties with CII the spy organization had supported his art habit by hiring him out to do sanctions But as most of Taming a Dark Horse (Men of the West, us know we can never fully leave our past behind Hemlock is drawn into the spy and killing game again but this time by a British spy agency called the Loo and of course no one and nothing is what it seems Who is genuine and who is playing whom is only part of theestion and we have some of the familiar twists and turns of plot that made the Eiger Sanction such a seat of the pants read We know who the bad guy is and what he is trying to do or at least we think we know And we know who the good guys are or we think we do But we do know that there is going to be a lot of hurt going around and we are hoping that Dr Hemlock will be dishing it out and not receiving too much of it There. Than must take over the mission of an agent whose murder was so bizarre and terrifying that no other agent was willing to replace himHis task to locate a set of secretly made films that incriminate a number of high ranking British officials His target a top nderworld figure who delights in debauchery and torture Facing this threat Jonathan is drawn into a labyrinthine network of intrigue and depravity As al. A really fast read I was expecting a classic thriller but was surprised that it was such a campy book with such comical characters Really a two and half star rating Some humor caught me off guard and some really clever lines here and there I thought I had read The Eiger Sanction the first book in the series but I m probably remembering the Clint Eastwood movie Same basic plot but definitely without the campy spy fiction satire I really liked Shibumi another of the author s books but it incorporated history and not any humor that I can remember The parody is broader here than in The Eiger Sanction and that may be why it s less edge of the seat It s still a good fun read There is an art theft in this novel and according to Trevaniancom after the Italian version of this novel was published there was an art theft in Milan sing the method described in this book I went back in time to reread these favorite thrillers They re a reminder that spies and odd political things have always been fodder for great thrillers And you can depend on his researchI always enjoy reading thrillers that Have The Tradecraft Down I the tradecraft down I that than the CGI battles we see Everyone is no doubt familiar with the movie Eiger Sanction based on a book of the same name by Trevanian pseudonym for a The Sabbides Secret Baby university professor who wrote a series of very popular genre novels Miffed that critics and many readers did not get the spoof intended in the Eiger Sanction he wrote the Loo Sanction which is not only a very successful spy thriller but a broad lampoon of British and American academia and the espionage community The puns surrounding the word loo the name of the British section that evolved into MI 6 like sanction operation arebiuitous and the scene in which Hemlock is giving a lecture on film criticism to a packed house of grad students while being approached by a evil set of agents is both hysterical parodic and masterfully written I was listening to this book while mowing and must have been a sight chuckling out loud and I tried to mow a straight line around trees Jonathan has been blackmailed by killing a man in his apartment and leaving evidence of Jonathan s culpability into helping the Loo bring down Maxwell Strange I can t believe the names assigned to characters are coincidental who runs a sexual debauchery house called The Cloisters Given the current scandals in the Catholic Church perhaps Trevanian was prescient The Cloisters has been making films of the peccadilloes and sexual perversions of men high Favourite Daughter up in the government not threatening overt blackmail but the threat they might is omnipresent Jonathan is charged with recovering the films and bringing down Strange not shutting down the Cloisters since it will then become a Loo operation andsed to make the Loo self sufficient budgetarily and of course will sed judiciously to the country on the proper path "used judiciously to keep the country on the proper path finally settle that pesky Irish problemThere is a delightful scene as the Vicar and Jonathan walk through the countryside in the rain to discuss his proposed task Oh dear you really should be careful where you tread in a cow pasture much like Paris streets said the Vicar as they discuss Jonathan s task It does seem odd that a man who was so expert at mountai. A First Rate Thriller from a Legendary MasterJonathan Hemlock the art professor and mercenary who first excited readers with his daring exploits in The Eiger Sanction returns in an even masterful adventure in The Loo Sanction Trevanian’s second thrilling spy novel Hemlock has gone to England to rest but his vacation is interrupted when the head of British Intelligence needs his highly skilled services Jona.
see what others say might pdate this review after that 45 starsI did enjoy this book even though it lacked the originality of the The Eiger Sanction According to Trevanian it was a spoof of The Eiger Sanction a spoof of a spoof Of course the title itself should give the reader a clue loo being the British word for toilet And of course we have the Blaze Duo usual play on names such as Vanessa Dyke who lo and behold is a lesbian Her nickname is Van Dyke LOLTrevanian s word mastery is also present in this one starting from the first paragraphHis pain was vast But at least it was finite Sharp edged waves of agony climaxed in intensityntil his body convulsed and his mind was awash Then just before madness the crests broke and swirled over his limen of consciousness and he escaped into oblivionSo that s how it feels to be impaled through your anusThe reason I only gave this book 45 stars comes down to this As I mentioned at the start regarding originality if you had a mutually exclusive choice to read either this book or the Eiger Sanction not both I d go with the latter. L the pieces in the dangerous puzzle begin to come together Jonathan is trapped almost fatally drugged and forced to attempt one of the most daring escapes ever conceived The Loo Sanction is sure to keep readers frantically turning pages ntil the thrilling climaxAlso available as an eBookLook for these other Trevanian classics from Three Rivers Press Shibumi The Eiger Sanction The Main and The Summer of Kat. ,