Tuesday, December 23, 2003
BOOKS : Best served Cold
War has always spurred the Industrial revolution. But unintentionally, what it also spurred was a literary revolution. Literary, not in the way, current literature is interpreted by the so-called critics, but rather by the way in which it inspired a completely new genre of books and authors who were experts at that sort of thing. People in the diplomatic services, people who were subject matter experts in the military, all of a sudden were writing books expounding theories of espionage, counter-espionage, plots and sub-plots.
After the WWII, the masters that were Desmond Bagley, Jack Higgins, James Patterson, etc.
And so it was when the USSR collapsed, it not only had economic or global power repercussions. The biggest losers were those thousands of novelists who thrived on that genre of spy novels, the Cold War novelists as they are called.
The ideal spy novel mastered by John le Carré, Tom Clancy, Ludlum and needed to have that just-right mix of suspense, drama and action which would keep the reader enthralled through the gripping drama. Recalling back those days on which I used to thrive on such books, here are some of the ingredients for that perfect book.
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