Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Review: The Better Angels

The Better Angels
The Better Angels by Charles McCarry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Saw the movie a long time ago, feat. Sean Connery as a TV-Anchorman or reporter and our own Hardy Krueger as a German Arms-Dealer, also Leslie Nielsen and per IMDB Jennifer Jason-Leigh, though I cannot remember their part (Wrong Is Right 1982). At the time it was a bit over the top and in some ways a satire.
The book is more or less the same, but after 9/11 and what followed with suicide bombers till the present, it just takes on a more grim reality what is displayed in the movie and written about in the book - like a prophecy turned reality of a good SF-writer.
May be there are other books (and films), but the threat of fanatical hard-core islamists turned suicide-bomber is described very exactly here. The other themes, spin-doctoring with the press etc. are also very good.
Now more relevant than back when it came out first, I highly recommend this book.
And the movie. But be prepared for a silly B-Movie-Feeling.

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