A BOOK REVIEW BY ALEX GRANT
DAVID MORRELL / WARNER BOOKS
MAY 2003 / HARD COVERS @ $36.95 Can.
'frantic boiling-point non-stop action'
ex-patriate David Morrells 19th thriller THE PROTECTOR - his first
novel was FIRST BLOOD in 1972 is a state-of-the art textbook
account of how modern-day bodyguards keep life and limb together, using
many tricks of the trade that are persuasively described. But do not
try these at home, huh? Only a super-human could survive the gauntlet
run by our hero right from page one after which frantic boiling-point
non-stop action is the keyword.
Tough guy and former Delta Force member Cavanaugh is assigned to protect
a biochemist with a deep dark secret: the formula to a designer mind-bending
drug that can addict any human being. His client Prescott is a very
devious and manipulative fugitive whose betrayal results in a total
wipe-out of Cavanaughs unit at Global Protective Services.
Understandably Cavanaugh, himself now on the lam and assisted only by
his wife, Jamie wants revenge. Not only has he been plagued by the tenacious
minions of a Colombian drug-lord wanting the formula but a top- secret
government operation has targeted him and his wife Jamie. Bereft of
allies and expecting his days to be numbered our hero and heroine fight
back determined to protect one another tooth-and-nail and jointly expunge
the failure he has endured from undue naivete about those he chose to
trust. His pride in his profession and his self-respect have been seriously
impaired as well as his buddies massacred. And he must retain even rebuild
the confidence his partner always had for his professional skills, even
though he tried to keep work and marriage totally separate, until now
Morrell specializes in the provision of every last detail about weaponry
in the Tom Clancy manner every bullet and helicopter is given
its due specifics with awe and appreciation about the ingenuity of their
creators. For some of us this litany of technology can prove tedious
and distracting but of course the mind-set of a man like Cavanaugh who
has to rely upon the technology is rather plodding and literal.
A smidgen of gallows humour added to this pot-boiler makes it far more
palatable and distracting than its heavy-duty worship of the security
business at the onset would have you expect.
© Alex Grant May 2003
by Alex Grant
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