The Walking Deadby Published 24 Jul 2007
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A stunning contemporary thriller from a master of the genre.
A young man starts a journey from a dusty village in Saudi Arabia. He believes it will end with his death in faraway England. For honour, for glory, for victory. If his mission succeeds, he will go to his god a martyr — and many innocents will die with him.
For David Banks, an armed protection officer charged with neutralising the growing menace to London’s safety, his role is not as clear-cut as it once was. The certainties which ruled his thinking are no longer black and white. Banks has begun to realise that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter. Never have those distinctions been more dangerous to a police officer with his finger on the trigger — and to those who depend upon him.
On a bright spring morning the two men’s paths will cross. Before then, their commitment will be shaken by the journeys which take them there. The suicide bomber and the policeman will have equal cause to question the roads they’ve chosen. Win or lose, neither will be the same again . . .
Closure is a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller about the world in which we live, with all its dangers and complexities. With intelligence and deep understanding, Seymour shows us the choices we are forced to make, and their consequences. It is one of the most excitingly contemporary and relevant novels you will ever read.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Walking Dead Reviews
I really like this book, althought I think it takes too long to explain easy things. Apartfrm that, I really like this book, because it get some interesting parts and you never know what is going to happend next. The story of the british policemen that his life seem to cross with the life of an Arabian guy that wants to set a bomb and suicidade and kill a lot of innocent people. I would recomend this book to a lot of people.
A very topical storyline, with an interesting insight into both sides of the picture.
Not the best Seymour I have read though; at times I wondered if it had not been proofread, it may have been me but I found myself having to re-read some paragraphs that didn't seem to make grammatical sense. It has been a long time since I've puzzled over writing like this.
Good characterisation though, as always, and the typical headlong rush into the dramatic ending didn't disappoint.
Uninspiring characterisation, far too predictable plotting, and an almost complete lack of reflexiveness about the moral challenges central to the topic. Gets a second star only because the first half was engaging enough to keep me reading.
Another great Seymour read
I picked this up from a "Freebie-Bin" at a local library in France. Although the story outline interested me, Seymour's contorted English grammar made the book heavy-going. The sentence structure often seemed peculiar, neither object nor tense was clear. I found it difficult to distinguish between the characters. The styling did not alter between the characters' thoughts and reading it became a chore. A very disappointing tome for such a well-known author - I had the feeling it was "bashed out" to fill a publisher's contract.