Framing the Dialogue

Early Warning

Michael Walsh’s follow-up to his thriller, Hostile Intent, brings back NSA super agent code named Devlin.  America is attacked again and Devlin is called upon to help subdue the bad guys and by subdue I mean kill.  That’s the ultimate in subdue.  There is the usual wanton violence by sadistic terrorists and there are places for you to cheer for the good guy, but Early Warning left me flat for a number of reasons. 

First as the action was building Walsh decided to include a long side story to develop some of his characters.  While that is important, I felt that the timing of took a lot away from the book.  It almost seemed out of place.  The second issue was that Walsh started a major story-line concerning his partner and arch nemesis Emanuel “George” Skorzeny [George is my nickname for him].  No problem starting the story-line, but that is really all that he did with it leaving us to buy his next book to find out what happens.  This cliff-hanger technique does not sit well with me.  While many books have unresolved issues and characters, most do not leave a major part of their story left open.  I am interested in finding out about how this is resolved, but Early Warning was not good enough to bring me back and I’d probably be disappointed again with another cliff-hanger. 

I’d skip this book as there are many in this genre that are much better to spend your money on.

Author Walsh did address some political/social issues that are worth repeating;

“They were swarming now, the enemies of America.  For decades, maybe even centuries, they had lain in wait, hoping to take down the country and the civilizational ethos it represented.  They had attacked within and without.  They had sent infiltrators disguised as philosophers, as artists, as educators, as clergymen, as patriots, and, the worst, as lawyers to manipulate the system, bore in, and hollow it out.  They had created a mind-set by which up was down, black was white, and in was out.  They had called into question every tenet of the American experiment and posited that it was illegitimate and inimical.  They had used the failures of other societies as proof of the malfeasance of the American society.”

Any of this sound familiar?

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