Review published on May 18, 2017.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of action, suspense, twists and turns, and the ending didn’t disappoint. The only thing that I thought might spoil it for me, not being a big fan of James Bond, was the reference on the back cover to its being proposed as a James Bond film two decades ago, but not taken up due to circumstances at that time.
I didn’t want to think of the “hero” as James Bond, I wanted to just enjoy the book as presented. Luckily, the character possibly lined up for this title, George Manville, turned out to be a real man, subject to errors and problems, not full of tricks and smart equipment, which made the circumstances of the storyline more believable.
Naturally, there was a love interest but it wasn’t an overpowering theme, just an acknowledgement of gradual awareness between two of the main characters, George Manville and g Kim Baldur, an inadvertent near-casualty of events, running in the background of the main event.
The “villain” of the piece found himself involved in so many crises it would have been easy to feel sorry for him and the result of his main worry regarding an adversary, who was constantly acting like a thorn in his side, was brilliant!
This is yet another book I found hard to put down. It will appeal to a wide audience. But for those thinking it was James Bond in book form, let me reassure you, it’s not. It is far better than that.
Lindsay Nichols 5/5
Forever and a Death by Donald E. Westlake
Titan Books 9781785654237 hbk Jun 2017