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‘The Husband’ by Dean Koontz

‘The Husband’ by Dean Koontz tells the tale of a regular hard working man, Mitch Rafferty who one day receives a ‘phone call telling him he needs to pay $2million or his wife will die. He is a gardener and does not have that money, but the kidnappers insist he will be able to find the money; he just has to do what they tell him.

This is not the story of a superhero, a special agent, this is just a regular American guy and it shows. Koontz crafts the story in a a believable way. What would you do if your wife was kidnapped and they threaten to kill her? Mitch’s knowledge of guns is only what he gets from Hollywood, and often that is wrong. He realises he is no trained killer, but those he is dealing with are. As the story progresses, Mitch gets more and more desparate and take mores more and more dire action, but never does he suddenly become James Bond.

There are plot twists, and I was glued as I was reading, as often as I read, all seemed settled and would turn out fine, I was wondering why there was so much book left. Then it went wrong and the situation was more desparate. My favourite part of the book involves Mitch being in the boot of a car, which, in my opinion, is a classic episode, but I will say no more. read the book to find out what i mean.

Dean Koontz has written many fantastic books, and this book must be among my favourites.


‘Sharpe’s Triumph’ by Bernard Cornwell

Sharpe’s Triumph is the second in the ‘Sharpe’ series but the first that I have read. It does not rely on the reader having read the previous book and is a complete book in itself. The story follows Sgt Richard Sharpe up to the Battle of Assaye in India 1803. As with many Bernard Cornwell books, it mixes real events with fiction.

The book is fantastic, creating a great atmosphere in the British army of 19th century India. The characters are all believable and there are many likable ones. I was disappointed and upset when one character died, showing how expert Cornwell is at making real characters. The ‘baddies’ are not the totally evil guys that frequent Hollywood and lesser novels. They are real people, some misguided, some nasty but all with balanced believability and with other interests. They are driven by duty, lust, money, hatred or power. Sharpe too, is not all good. He has doubts some nasty thoughts and acts in a believable Victorian way.

The historical facts bathe the book so tiny details that a reader may not notice add to the flavour – such as the blackened faces of riflemen from firing flintlocks constantly. I did find one mistake which i was disappointed at. The 74th Highland Regiment was actually called Campbell’s Highlanders until 1845. A simple fact maybe, but when he has put so much detail in the rest of thebook, a minor and easy to find detail should have been ironed out.

Do i have criticisms? Not really, but if I search for them, there is possibly too much detail in the real world. I wanted more of a fiction story rather than so much time spent decribing the battle. As much as i enjoy history, I would rather this was in historybooks and not fictional books.

What I’m Reading…

I always read lots of different stuff at the same time. One book for lunch time, one for before bed etc. So here is a list of books i am reading:

‘The Dark of the Sun’  Wilbur Smith. This is going very well, although I went into it with scepticism, following the disappointment of  ‘Assegai’. Set in modern days, following a group of mercenaries in Africa, I have been impressed. A review will be up soon.

The Bible: Part way through the Old Testament, difficult going, but very interesting and helping my Christian journey.

‘Young Fur Traders’ RM Ballantyne. Tried this when i was younger. Very old book, but never completed it. Have only just started and it is great so far. Written in 1856 so the style is unlike much written today.

Warhammer and Warhammer 40K Rulebook. Not novels, but i read the rules over and over especially Warhammer as they have only recently come out and so i am not up to date with them. Great game to get into as it has been a great inspiration to me across the years.