The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

eBook - 2009
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British actor and comedian Hugh Laurie's first book is a spot-on spy spoof about hapless ex-soldier Thomas Lang, who is drawn unwittingly and unwillingly into the center of a dangerous James Bond?like plot of international terrorists, arms dealing, high-tech weapons, and CIA spooks. You may recall having seen Laurie in the English television series Jeeves and Wooster ; Laurie played Bertie Wooster, the clutzy hero of the P.G. Wodehouse comic novels that originated those characters. The lineage from Wodehouse's Wooster to Laurie's Lang is clear, and, if you like Wodehouse, you'll probably love The Gun Seller .
Publisher: [S.I.] : Soho Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781569478004
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 26, 2014

Hugh Laurie’s first novel is action packed. Famous for his roles on House and Jeeves and Wooster, Laurie’s wry humour is evident throughout this book. Thomas Lang, an Ex-Scots Guard, gets involved in international terrorism, high-tech equipment and arms-dealing in a race to separate the good guys from the bad.

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Eosos
Jun 05, 2014

This was a disappointing book. It seemed sluggish and the change in style for the second half didn’t work for me.

Thomas Lang is a great character and in fact I really liked all the characters, from the military to the government and especially Ronnie, she was the perfect sidekick. The execution of the first half was good and the humor was great, just as you would expect from this author but the story as a whole was a letdown.

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Librarianne
Jul 27, 2010

I was braced for ths to be a book sold on the merits of its author's popularity as an actor, but he did a genuinely good job AND it reflects his charm.

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Ubalstecha
Jan 01, 2010

Suprisingly, this is quite a good geo-political intrigue novel. Laurie injects some wry and dry British humour into the proceedings, which brings some freshness to what could have been a tired old tale of an ex-soldier caught up in the international weapons trade. There is also some wag the dog elements here that add to the complexity of the plot. This is a quick moving, engaging book that is a fun read. It also proves that Laurie is a multi-talented guy that has a literary career if he ever tires of acting.

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GailRoger
Dec 02, 2009

I'm not a fan of spy thrillers, but Hugh Laurie's dry wit makes this one quite palatable.

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