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by David Banks,Gerald Seymour

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  • ISBN 0753112108
  • ISBN13 978-0753112106
  • Language English
  • Author David Banks,Gerald Seymour
  • Publisher Isis Audio Books; Unabridged edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Formats mobi lrf txt lit
  • Category Fiction
  • Subcategory Action and Adventure
  • Size ePub 1104 kb
  • Size Fb2 1330 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 458

Espionage in the Middle East is a dangerous business, and no one knows this better than Matthew Furniss - for two decades, he has run the British agents in Iran. Meanwhile, Iranian exile Charlie Eashraq is pursuing the extermination of those responsible for the deaths of his father and sister and he smuggles into Britain raw intelligence for Furniss. Furniss's dangerous journey into Iran builds uo to a harrowing climax.

The Running Target' is one of prolific spy novelist Gerald Seymour's earlier efforts, published in 1989.

The Running Target' is one of prolific spy novelist Gerald Seymour's earlier efforts, published in 1989. I haven't read them all, yet) of his efforts, there are great characters, tight spycraft, complex plots and subplots, excellent writing, and a story told from the perspective of several of its participants. Seymour knows his stuff and writes confidently of the world of spies.

Gerald Seymour (born 25 November 1941 in Guildford, Surrey) is a British writer of crime and espionage novels. Gerald Seymour was born to William Kean Seymour and his second wife, Rosalind Wade. He was educated at Kelly College, now known as Mount Kelly in Tavistock, Devon, and took a BA Hons degree in Modern History at University College London.

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January 1990 : UK Hardback.

At Close Quarters (An Eye for an Eye). At Close Quarters (An Eye for an Eye).

Believing that his run-in with Israeli Intelligence is only a setback, he prepares to sacrifice himself for his cause. McCoy provides the weapons he needs to kill his target. Gerald Seymour’s thrillers, with their inherent suspense, continue to bring fictional, yet true-to-life experiences to his readers.

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whom I most often run to - occasionally in real distress - when I want any perfectly credible information about modern artistic processes.

David?" "This is Ann Park. Bill Parrish – could I speak to him?" She looked down. She saw the calm in his sleep, and she saw the livid bruise on his forehead. He came home injure. hy wasn't I told?"

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Writers of espionage novels are inevitably compared to John Le Carré, particularly if the writer is British. Gerald Seymour's writing style isn't as polished, and the characters in Home Run lack the multi-layered depth of Le Carré's best characters, but the plot and pace of Home Run are worthy of the master.

Home Run begins with the 1982 execution of a teenage girl in Iran. The rest of the novel takes place several years later. Point of view shifts frequently as two storylines unfold. One concerns a drug investigation that follows the death of a 19 year old heroin addict who overdosed. Her father, an important public official, pressures the police to make the heroin importer's arrest their top priority. The cops diligently pursue the task, grumbling all the way. The other story focuses on Matthew ("Mattie") Furniss, Head of the Iran desk at the SIS, who is being pressured by the new Director General to increase the quality of intelligence coming out of Iran. Fortunately, Furniss has cultivated a new Iranian spy, a family friend who happens to be the brother of the girl who was executed.

Home Run gets off to a conventional start, particularly with the drug investigation, where Seymour employs off-the-shelf drug cops who give the usual tiresome speeches about the evils of illicit substances. The main cop character is filled with anger and moral outrage -- traits that turn out to be necessary to the plot -- but he has the standard fictional cop's "driven by duty" personality. Seymour provided him with the familiar neglected wife who is no longer tolerant of his "job first" priorities and is making her displeasure known.

Mattie Furniss is a stronger and more interesting character; thankfully his story is at the heart of the novel. At the Director General's insistence, Furniss travels to Turkey to give a pep talk to his agents. Things do not go well for him. Back at home, bureaucrats and politicians are busily abusing their power or wielding it unwisely. There's a fascinating turf war between the self-righteous drug agents, who view the "faceless wonders" of the SIS as impeding their all-important drug investigation, and the smug SIS officers who view the drug agents as "glorified traffic wardens."

Both storylines are filled with action and tension. The pace picks up considerably by the novel's midpoint, moving with furious speed as the characters encounter realistic threats in dangerous places. Torture scenes are vivid without going too far.

Seymour uses too many comma splices, leading to awkward sentences, but that's a minor gripe. For the most part, the writing is adequate to its purpose, even if the prose doesn't soar. Stylistic lapses quickly become secondary to storylines that captivate the reader's attention.

I would enthusiastically recommend Home Run to most fans of espionage fiction, but it isn't for everyone. If you like novels in which the good guys are pure and the bad guys personify evil, this is not the book for you. There are plenty of evil bad guys, but the three main characters -- Furniss, his Iranian spy, and the drug cop -- each make questionable moral decisions. Seymour's construction of the characters and plot makes it easy to understand why they act as they do. Seymour doesn't judge them; the reader is left to decide whether each character's actions were right or wrong under the circumstances. The answers aren't necessarily clear -- I liked that, but some readers won't appreciate the moral ambiguity. As the novel's end approached, I was drawn into each character's world, fascinated by the choices they made, understanding and sympathizing with them even when I disagreed with their decisions. For all these reasons, I regard Home Run as one of the most entertaining and thought-provoking spy novels I've encountered.
Wow! Does this book ever meet the specifications for a spy thriller. It is difficult at first to follow the different story lines - drugs, espionage, revenge, etc., but they all tie together in the end. And is this book ever up to date although it was written in the late 80's or early 90's. Characters seem very real and well defined. I have read some of his other books and Seymour has never disappointed me.
Gripping story line that unfolds slowly but keeps your interest throughout. I have read all or most of GS's books and am used to his style which can cause you to look back and retrace some of the characters actions if they have not appeared in awhile. That said, he is my favorite author of this type of book. Lucky to have discovered it since it wasn't published in the US. Purchased it from a reliable used bookseller through Amazon.
A very well written spy thriller. The re are several parallel story lines, with each having characters whose personal relationships affect his/her job performance and job pressures than impact relationships. The overall plot, and several characters' lives, pivot on a security slip dues to an innocent but inappropriate comment made by a foreign office employee in an insecure hallway.
A poor effort from one of my favourite writers, it is unfortunate really
Good, solid Seymour. Not one of his greats, but still good.
Excellent read and page turner,with a profound insight into human behavior.
This story is not one of Mr. Seymour's newest stories. In fact, according to the cover it was first written way back in 1989 and my version said it was re-released again in 1999. But, if you can get your hands on it, then you're in for an excellent story. It's almost the end of the cold war and you feel as though the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) still walk around with long trench coats and hats over there ears. But, they are so up themselves so much that, when the customs officers nab five kilos of cocaine, the SIS tell the officers to just let it go and mind their your own business. We know about the heroin and we'll keep an eye on it ourselves. No need to worry, we're on it. So on your bike, buddies, and go away. There's nothing to see here (apart from the heroin) so off you go. In this story, the SIS are an entity to itself. So, when one of their own gets captured behind enemy lines and is torchered there's no sympathy at all. Sorry ol' mate, but you're not suppose to be there, you're not suppose to be talking to them and you're, definitely, not to be giving away home secrets. Everyone, will remember the 'Dolphin Run' (what a thing to do, well done, mate), but we know the true story and we are not impressed at all. There will be hell to pay for what you've done.

But, there's so more than that. There's two stories that run simultaneously with each and then they clash head on towards the end of the book. There is the SIS story which is excellent by itself AND then there is the customs officer story which is excellent too. There is action throughout the story, there's suspense and there's an unbelievable ending. It's realistic, it's tragic and it's just one of Mr. Seymour's very best efforts in amongst other excellent efforts as well. I felt absolutely exhausted by the end of the story because I was barracking for the 'good' guys, with all the ups and downs, hoping for a win. Of course, Mr. Seymour doesn't necessarily have clear winners and losers, but more shades of grey where results are measured in casualties or even in deaths. There weren't many clear winners, but plenty of losers and those who do come out in front, had to count their costs. There are personal costs, professional costs and cost of life. Plenty seemed to be lost, in this one, for not much gain.

Mattie Furniss probably counts as a loss, (but you need to read the story to find out why) and Miss Duigan doesn't measure very well at the end either. Charlie Eshraq is a drug dealer and a murderer. David Park is married more to the job than to his wife. Ann Park (his wife) bought a beautiful dress and just wanted a dance with her husband, but, oh dear, what happened next was just so sad. The SIS didn't walk away unscathed either and of course, the customs officers (drug enforcement agency) get a crack, unofficially, of course, at the end with interesting results. I had an ache that wouldn't go away. The stress and anxiety of the story just left me with a pain in the guts. Brutal and unrelenting! Excellent! 5 Stars.