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  • Title: Ninth Directive
  • Author: Adam Hall
  • ISBN: 9780061005275
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The setting is Thailand A very important representative of the Queen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on a good will tour A threat has been made against his life, and somewhere amidst the golden spires awaits a deadly assassin.The top secret British espionage bureau feels ordinary security precautions are not sufficient, so they call in agent Quiller He s a cynical loner,The setting is Thailand A very important representative of the Queen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on a good will tour A threat has been made against his life, and somewhere amidst the golden spires awaits a deadly assassin.The top secret British espionage bureau feels ordinary security precautions are not sufficient, so they call in agent Quiller He s a cynical loner, but the only man capable of tracking down the would be killer The tale is complex, set at a breathless pace
    Ninth Directive The setting is Thailand A very important representative of the Queen is scheduled to visit Bangkok on a good will tour A threat has been made against his life and somewhere amidst the golden spires a

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    1. Superb as always I nominate Hall as my favorite action author To write with this much authority at such a frantic pace and in the first person puts him in the league of Hammett and the other great pulp craftsmen from the sister genre of crime writing Just as in for example a Cornell Woolrich tale there is no waste , drag , or surplus in this kind of page flipper Hall writes with total economy and poise in his brand of espionage A powerful mix of psychology and thrills all the psychological insig [...]

    2. The Ninth Directive is the second appearance of Agent Quiller in the readers world The setting is 1966 Thailand a very different environment as compared to its current avatar Unlike the Quiller Memorandum this is a straightforward battle of wits between two individuals, Agent Quiller and Kup, a professional hitman But it s quite a treat just the same The mission is purely recon and apprehend aiding a protection detail as an individual third party Though Quiller is a Spy in this book, he is of a [...]

    3. I like the way Hall just gives the story to readers in such a straightforward manner Quiller is my boy, and love easing at how he interprets situations and then gets out of them somehow It s a quick, fun read for anyone who likes spy novels.

    4. I love spy novels, and I love Quiller most of all The stories ring true, not always cohesive at the beginning, but as the plot unfolds, it has a labyrinthine reality, plans within plots, not unlike a lotus or mandala, opening in pieces of insight All of the events are viewed through Quiller s eyes, we know what he knows, which usually is very little at the beginning, but takes definite shape as the story proceeds There are no egomaniacal villains who declare their plans while our hero lies help [...]

    5. Quiller in Bangkok trying to stop a plot to assassinate a British royal Quiller famously doesn t carry or use a gun, but he makes an exception this time Quite a good Quiller novel 4.1 , and that is really saying something, but downgraded 0.4 points for Hall s sycophantic treatment of the unnamed royal, who sounds very much like Prince Charles C mon, the guy is such a twit that his own mother would rather die on the throne than turn it over to him The veritable poster child for Monty Python s Upp [...]

    6. At this time, when the whole of the South east Asian picture is confused and threatening, Her Majesty s Government consider it highly desirable that a goodwill mission is undertaken by someone who is neither a statesman nor a diplomat but who commands international respect and admiration, particularly in Thailand Thus in three weeks time a representative of the Queen is to visit Bangkok on a goodwill tour With careful precision he said During the visit we want you to arrange for his assassinatio [...]

    7. Book 2 in the series continues to build upon the character of the likeable spy, Quiller Like the first book this also has some great plot twists Contrary to his reputation, Quiller does use a gun in this book What i really like about Adam Hall s writing is that his books are peppered with explanations descriptions of various techniques used by spies Some might find these techniques dated as the book was written in the sixties, but i find them fascinating.

    8. As always with Hall s Quiller character, there s detail upon detail of tradecraft one of the things I like best Quiller character is front and center in all his flawed glory Downgraded from 4 stars to 3 because of the sycophantic worship an undisclosed royal called The Person.

    9. 2nd in Hall s Quiller series Much like the 1st installment, packed with action that progresses continuously until the conclusion The Quiller series, thus far, seems thriller than espionage Good stuff

    10. Quiller makes James Bond seem like a fop and a sissy This guy is a REAL spy You read one Adam Hall book and you will not want to stop until you have read the entire series Which can be a challenge as many of his novels are out of print.

    11. Elleston Trevor s as Adam Hall second installment of Quiller While I thought the ending was a bit weak, the writing, as usual, is superb Few authors are fun to read.

    12. When it almost looked that our hero will lose and novel will be a dark and gritty classic, our hero rises from the dead metaphorically and the novel feels like just another cheesy spy novel

    13. Quiller is assigned to protect a high level person from an assassin Another white knuckle read from Adam Hall.

    14. An old fashioned spy novel Surprisingly, the backdrop to the book is very large Quiller had seemed to be a daily grind type of character Nonetheless, still a very fast, solid read.

    15. This is the second book in the Quiller spy series I really enjoyed the book due to the fast paced story and interesting characters.

    16. Really enjoy the Quiller books so far Wish I d found them earlier but at least I have now I rate them highly and recommend them to any one interested in reading a good thriller or spy story.

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