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The Unknown Soldier is being marketed as a "thrillingly suspenseful novel from one of the world's masters of espionage fiction," which is accurate enough and presumably will do it good in the bookstores, but it sells the book short. Like the work of other writers to whom Seymour is somewhat predictably compared -- Charles McCarry, Robert Littell, Alan Furst and, of course, John le Carré -- The Unknown Soldier is more than a thriller. In time, events will outpace it, and the specifics of its plot will lose their immediacy, but the deeper matters with which Seymour concerns himself will retain their pertinence and importance. Today's and tomorrow's events are the framework around which the novel is constructed, but it is about people, not bombs. It is about why people do what they do, believe what they do, love and hate as they do. Psychologically it is acute and sensitive. If this is merely "genre fiction," then perhaps we need to take a closer look at what we rather smugly call "literature."— The Washington Post
“…one of the best plotters in the business.”
Posted July 18, 2005
Gerald Seymour is my favourite writer.Fast paced and with an unmatched depth of charecterisation,this book is ominously prescient.
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Posted July 18, 2012