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Book Note: Anthony Price, A New Kind of War

I read this book about 24-Dec-2004. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1988. This note was last modified Thursday, 22-May-2014 15:27:47 PDT.

This is book 17 of the "David Audley" series.

This note contains spoilers for the book.


I've also got a general page on Anthony Price.

Another historical one, jumping back to the end of WWII, when communist insurgents have turned up in Greece. This is the one that I'm most likely not to read; but in fact I thought the first section, anyway, was very well done. Now we're jumping into Germany, and it gets even weirder. This technical intelligence unit is one bizarre military formation.

When Clinton sets his trap, it ends up getting messed up by both de Souza's initiative and intelligence, and Levin's loyalty to Israel. One of the lessons of the Cold War was that loyalty was complex and could easily be to an ideal rather than a place.

In the end this is about how Clinton had such perfect trust in his top people later on. Except it doesn't explain it. It shows Audley active with Clinton, by accident, and Major Stocker. Everybody else turns up later. So I guess it's supposed to show that Clinton validated his vetting strategy? But in fact Colonel Colbourne may have been a spy, in the end.

There's an interesting bit when Fattorini meets Clinton at the monument about Clinton's accent. It's placeless, and classless. In fact, the man seems to have come out of nowhere, pretty much, through minor schools, and suddenly become a big man. The funny thing is, that exact description of the accent is used by Roche for his controller, known as "Genghis Khan" or "Johnny", and it's also mentioned in connection with other top-level Soviet people. Are we supposed to be wondering if Clinton was a Soviet man who changed sides? It doesn't seem very credible, overall, but the coincidence is otherwise hard to explain.

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