The Gun Seller
Plot? Plot is something that happens to others...
I don't own a TV set, and therefore I can safely claim not to ever have seen an episode of Dr House - so I can't really review the book in terms of Laurie's role in the series, or anything else related to his actor/singer/comedian career.The various
I don't own a TV set, and therefore I can safely claim not to ever have seen an episode of Dr House - so I can't really review the book in terms of Laurie's role in the series, or anything else related to his actor/singer/comedian career.
The various cover blurbs hint at "a cross between James Bond and Jeeves" - which proves, alas, to be a very honest and precise description.
In fact what they allude to is "a cross between Woodhouse's brilliant dialogue and wit coupled with the abysmal incapacity of Fleming to put together a plot which has anything even vaguely believable in it".
Laurie is very good at painting an interesting main character (a bit better than Bond, too much of a superman for this age and our present taste) and he has a really good command of language, dialogue, and never-stopping internal monologue (the whole story is told by the point of view of the main character).
He also scores some points over Fleming because he either served in the army or did a bit of research, his fights, weapons and vehicles are well described and detailed (bonus point for a good depiction of an Aikido technique, too).
The problem is that around page 70 the story is spinning out of control, or at least the author's ability to keep it believable, and I stopped caring for that well before halfpoint.
Basically, you won't believe anything that happens as soon as the plot starts thickening, you may easily lose track of the minor characters entering stage left just to give the main character to be sarcastic about them, and will just go on reading for the style itself.
Maybe, if someone helps the author plotting the whole story and edits away the multitude of minor characters, the next book (currently on hold due to the TV career) will be a keeper.
For now, you can safely skip this unless you are a die-hard House fan.