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Book:’The Mordida Man’ by Ross Thomas – July 26th, 2017

by on Jul.26, 2017, under Books

The Mordida ManThe Mordida Man by Ross Thomas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a rollicking good time. All of the foreign intrigue thriller writers of today should note Ross Thomas’ writing of ‘The Mordida Man’. The fun, humor and similar ridiculous circumstances portrayed in current same-genre novels, but with this one’s sense of tongue-in-cheek.

This also works both ways. It’s too bad Thomas didn’t see what writers, like Vince Flynn, recently did with the genre and he might have grounded his book a bit more involving the action part, certainly the weakest written part of ‘The Mordida Man’.

Clearly the Carter Administration and Nixon’s shenanigans influenced the plot of this book. Imagining Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy gets into the trouble written here isn’t too far a stretch. Knowing who Billy Carter is really helped swallow this story. Someone not knowing Carter, might find this book beyond preposterous.

The many, many, many characters and their motivations and goals are written superbly. Along the way the story swerves in and out of characters, actions and locations. All written with great skill and humor. Where writers like this today?

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 9 out of ten points.

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