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He Gun MOBI #224 encargo y decide en cambio advertir a la víctima del peligro ue corre una buena acción ue no uedará impune Someone I greatly admire in the book world was very excited to receive The Gun Seller as a Christmas gift which I pretty much took as an ultra credible recommendation The audio was at my library and I snapped it up I didn t pay any attention to the author s nameand I m glad I didn t because I likely wouldn t have read it If you have never heard of this book then don t research the author either Just read it blind I m so glad I did Obviously after I finished this darkly hilarious piece of arms traffickinginternational conspiracy action thriller I had to find out who this author was Admittedly it is very unfair of me to say I was disappointeduntil I learned that this person originally used a pseudonym when looking for publication opportunities Then I finally looked beyond his name myself Because in the end all that matters is the book And this book is laugh out loud witty brilliantly outrageous and a five star read in my opinion Take this recommendation from someone who has never been a fan of the author except for now and only in the context of The Gun Seller and any other piece of fiction he may write Check it out and be prepared to smirk smile laugh eyeroll chuckle eyebrow raise and all the other involuntary reactions that happen when you read something that takes you by surprise I absolutely loved itMy favorite uote There once was a man who went to see a psychiatrist crippled by a fear of flying His phobia was based on the belief that there would be a bomb on any plane he boarded The psychiatrist tried to shift the phobia but couldn t so he sent his patient to a statistician The statistician prodded a calculator and informed the man that the odds against there being a bomb on board the next flight he took were half a million to one The man still wasn t happy and sat there convinced that he d be on that one plane out of half a million So the statistician prodded the calculator again and said all right would you feel safer if the odds were ten million to one against The man said yes of course he would So the statistician said the odds against there being two separate unrelated bombs on board your next flight are exactly ten million to one against The man looked puzzled and said that s all well and good but how does it help me The statistician replied It s very simple You take a bomb on board with you

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Thomas Lang es un ex policía y ahora pistolero a sueldo Un día recibe la visita de un tal McClusky uien le ofrece cien mil d I would like to please find the person who in the description of this book promised an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and give them my best Grandma Lydia look If you are NOT familiar with the Grandma Lydia look which you probably aren t since the chances of you actually having met my grandmother are slim to none I will explain This is the look you get from a tiny 5 foot tall sweetest Eastern European grandmother that makes you stop in your tracks and beg forgiveness for anything you ever did or will ever do Because she KNOWS you did something wrong and firmly believes that a stern look alone should suffice to set you on the right path And you bet your ass it will I ve been working on that look too so someday it can be re christened as Grandma Nataliya look That s my big aspiration in life I m not even joking about it Seriously But wait a second you say Are you trying to tell us that Hugh Laurie THE Hugh Laurie THE comic genius is NOT FUNNY in this book Well not exactly This book is funny and smart and all that but it really straddles the line between that and uncomfortable because Laurie uses humor and satire and parody extremely well to showcase uite a few things about our world and ourselves that are uncomfortable unsettling and in the end not as much funny as disturbing His humor in this book is freuently the euivalent of that uncomfortable startled half giggle that people involuntarily utter to their sheer dismay as they see something rather bad happening His humor serves as a defense mechanism in this book that should not be funny but is using humor and parody as a weapon Because what does it mean to say that things aren t going well Compared to what You can say compared to how things were going a couple of hours ago or a couple of years ago But that s not the point If two cars are speeding towards a brick wall with no brakes and one car hits the wall moments before the other you can t spend those moments saying the second car is much better off than the first Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives trying to get at us Missing a lot of the time A lot of miles on the motorway without a front wheel blow out A lot of viruses that slither through our bodies without snagging A lot of pianos that fall a minute after we ve passed Or a month it makes no difference So unless we re going to get down on our knees and give thanks every time disaster misses it makes no sense to moan when it strikes Us or anyone else Because we re not comparing it with anything And anyway we re all dead or never born and the whole thing really is a dreamThere you see That s a funny sideSidespittingly funny this book is not And it is not meant to be such The humor is uses is what we came to associate with uintessential Britishness dry and deadpan and almost serious Which is fitting for a book that after a first chapter indeed filled with the promised zingers uickly heads down the path of exposing monetary greed and terrorism and secret wars waged for little else but money and the overarching conspiracies that in the light of many events of our messed up modern world hit uite close to home The only good thing I ve ever noticed about money the only positive aspect of an otherwise pretty vulgar commodity is that you can use it to buy thingsOh by the way it was written in 1996 but feels as true as it can be a decade and a half later Because things have probably only got worse And all we can do is laugh helplessly about them It is the middle of December now and we are about to travel to Switzerland where we plan to ski a little relax a little and shoot a Dutch politician a littleNow I m not all that familiar with the spythrillerBond esue or whatever you call it genre But even I can easily spot the parodies of those on every page Thomas Lang our protagonist whom I could not imagine as anyone else but Mr Laurie himself How could I not You tell me while looking at that picture is essentially a good guy with a military past and manners a la Mr Bond a bit He gets offered uite a handsome sum of money for the life of a certain American businessman who by the way comes euipped with a lovely daughter with beautiful teeth honorably refuses it and the next thing he knows ends up swept up in the uite substantial international conspiracy with a first hand participation in a few terrorist acts to boot With uite depressing things seen through every humor laden passage Where simple stupid greed is what runs everything really And that s depressing yeahI liked it uite a bit even though there were a few parts in the middle where I was tempted to put this book down and forget about it I m just not that into the genre that Laurie parodies here after all and sometimes immersing myself into this story was not that easy But ultimately every time something in the way Hugh Laurie writes ended pulling me back into the story And he rewarded me with the Fuck this all this shit is depressing and nothing is ever likely to change feeling in the end which I assume could have been the underlying message of this story The way the world and humanity are irrevocably fucked up Not the comedic zingers So don t read this for funny Read this for the serious please 35 stars and I plan to read all the future literature works by Mr Laurie if this gentleman desires to create And I will leave you with this apt and actually funny observation of Mr Laurie s protagonist on the bird strike of the aircraft This rather unfairly in my view made it sound as if it was the bird s fault as if the little feathered chap had deliberately tried to head butt twenty tons of metal travelling in the opposite direction at just under the speed of sound out of spite

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ólares por asesinar a Alexander Woolf un empresario americano con negocios en Inglaterra y Escocia Indignado Lang rechaza el T Thanks to Chris for turning me on to this fun romp Every now then I d just bust out laughing it kept me up past my bed time to finish it Random odd meandering as it seems at times the humor was a constant thread I found that everything really was spot on If the story occasionally took the long way around the barn it was only so we d sneak up on something unexpectedIt s at least a 3 star thriller is written so perfectly in Laurie s voice that I could hear see him the entire time which easily gains it another star in my book I loved the early seasons of House have seen him in a few other things where he s always shined This is mostly written in his comedic voice snarky not so dark as his House character IF you like that it s a 4 star read If not don t read this There was uite a bit of grittiness to the main character Thomas Lang who narrates the story Not uite noir detective but close the first person POV is excellently done That s not always easy to do if you don t like the character it ruins the book hence my warning above For all the low key comedic uality of Laurie s observations it wasn t just funny While poking some fun at the genre most everything else it was also brought out a lot of good points on society our current state of affairs in general It had it all AND it s 15 years old which surprised me It could have been written last year WowThe plot certainly twists turns with the best of the genre international conspiracy murder betrayal all baked into a mystery that Tom finds himself firmly embedded in Laurie did a great job introducing maintaining one of my favorite supporting characters Solomon right from the very start Like everything else he seems kind of random odd at first but eventually gels into clarity Actually that s a good description of the plot About half way through I wondered how there could still be so much to read I thought I was closing in on an obvious if not great ending but I wasn t That was a bit disappointing I expected the last half to drag a puffed up section simply to make some publishers word count It wasn t Oh no it was greatI highly recommend this to all my detective mystery thriller reading friends


10 thoughts on “The Gun Seller

  1. says:

    This book is F A N T A S T I C Maybe you haven't recognized the name of the author but this Hugh Laurie is THE Hugh Laurie

  2. says:

    I wish I could give this book 6 stars I love Hugh Laurie I love his dry sarcastic wit I love his accent I want to hump his leg for writing this book Yes I really just said that I picked up this book BECAUSE I love Hugh Laurie but I didn't really have high expectations I thought it would be humorous but not a book to really be taken seriously I thought it would be a little bit like a parody of the espionage genre like Jo

  3. says:

    I would like to please find the person who in the description of this book promised an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and give them my best Grandma Lydia look If you are NOT familiar with the Grandma Lydia look which you probably aren't since the chances of you actually having met my grandmother are slim to none I

  4. says:

    5 StarsI got this book as a Christmas present in 2016 started reading it in 2017 and finished reading it in January of 201

  5. says:

    This book restored my faith in celebrity novels The last one I read by a former TV hero of mine was so disappointing but Hugh Laurie is a first rate wordsmith and an excellent storyteller I already knew he was a brilliant actor I'm midway through The Night Manager and his performance is sending shivers down my spine a comic genius and a super blues musician so he is way multi talented than most of us This book is an a

  6. says:

    Thanks to Chris for turning me on to this fun romp Every now then I'd just bust out laughing it kept me up past my bed time to finish it Random odd meandering as it seems at times the humor was a constant thread I found that everything really

  7. says:

    Someone I greatly admire in the book world was very excited to receive The Gun Seller as a Christmas gift which I pretty much took as an ultra credible recommendation The audio was at my library and I snapped it up I didn't pay any attention to the author's nameand I'm glad I didn't because I likely wouldn't have read it If you have never heard of this book then don't research the author either Just read it b

  8. says:

    I bought this in hardback from Waterstones in Bromley when it first came out; I have a feeling I was revising for my A levels at the time A lot of comedians were publishing novels back then – Hugh's friend Stephen Fry had already done The Liar in 1991 which was great – the book that is not the year and before that I think it

  9. says:

    The only reason I read this book You guessed it Hugh Laurie Anything to which his name is attached is worth a looksee I'm not typically a fan of spy novels so I must admit that some of the spoofing was probably lost on me However Lau

  10. says:

    Fantastic Fantastically funny Fantastically savvy Fantastically clever Fantastically political Fantastically cinematic Fantastically entertaining Fantastic Hugh Laurie has only written one novel but I hope there are to come after hi

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