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I was going to say that P.T. Deutermann's books are very much like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but that's not quite right. Better to say that the Jack Reacher books remind me of P.T. Deuttermann. They're similar in story and tone -- a loner, an outcast, who refuses to give up, set into a high-tension story that just doesn't quit, with lots of high tech -- and some fascinating low tech -- hi-jinks that leave you wondering, 'No kidding! Would that really work?' And of course they're both narrated by the more-than-excellent Dick Hill, so even to the extent that the two series differ, they sort of seem alike. Same voice.
Although there are a lot fewer Deutermann books than Lee Childs, I've come to like them better -- for one thing, Deutermann's male protagonist, whoever it is in each book, doesn't feel the need to fall into bed with every female who walks into the room -- a refreshing change over Reacher bad habit of bedding anything in sight. Child's plot device of having Reacher 'love 'em and leave 'em' in every single book is getting old. Deutermann skips all that Harlequin nonsense and sticks to the thriller aspects. Fine with me.
Maybe more importantly, Deutermann never bows to political correctness. His villains are the world's REAL villains, the ones we read about in the newspapers and see on the news. He doesn't sugar coat who the really evil people out there are.
And somewhat similarly, Deutermann constantly takes after the government for ineptness, for being more concerned about inner-governmental rivalries and turf battles, and in the process, forgetting to do much of anything about dealing with the evil people out there. Look at a few of the more recent terror attacks, and you realize Deutermann is exactly right about that. Too many gov agencies are willing to overlook real terrorists in the name of PC, and to fight among themselves for territory and honor, instead of fighting the US' s real enemies. There's an element of realism in Deutermann's books that is seriously refreshing.
All that said, if you like Lee Child, you'll like P.T. Deutermann -- in fact, you'll probably like him better.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Keeps one's attention until the end wherein the faux-apocalyptic event is a stretch. Dick Hill, however, remains a good narrator. One gets to like protagonist, "Swamp". The author should develop this character a little more. Please bear in mind that my gold standard is PD James whose character development and social commentary has no equal. As thrillers go, this was worth the purchase.
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