The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A spoof of the spy genre set in Britain features a drifter who orchestrates a magnificent caper involving the CIA, international terrorists, arms dealers, a high-speed chase on skis, and buxom, blonde beauties

Blackwell North Amer
Thomas Lang used to be an officer of the Scots Guard, now he is unemployed and drifting. The only commodity he has to sell is himself. But when he is offered a contract to murder a wealthy businessman he politely declines. He goes to warn the target, is attacked by a tough already on the premises and defends himself. When the most beautiful girl he's ever seen appears, he tells her a series of lies. And in no time, Lang, who would rather be riding his Kawasaki ZZR 1100, finds himself caught up in international intrigue, spying, violence, murder...and love.
Lang seems helpless, but confronted by the minions of the British Secret Service, the CIA and assorted local and international villains, he manages singlehandedly to orchestrate a high adrenaline caper involving a prototype military helicopter capable of going five hundred miles per hour, a sinister arms dealer, international terrorists, beautiful girls and just enough sex.

Baker
& Taylor

A spoof of the spy genre set in Britain features a drifter who orchestrates a magnificent caper involving the CIA, international terrorists, arms dealers, a high-speed chase on skis, and buxom, blonde beauties.

Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c1996.
ISBN: 9781569470879
1569470871
Branch Call Number: LAU
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 24 cm.

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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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