A Chaotic Humphrey wrote:Yes, I can see myself giving one or two others a go. 'The Odessa File' was the next one I was going to go for.
Some years ago I went through a bit of a Len Deighton phase, so I'm all in there for a bit of airport fiction.
'The Dogs of War' is excellent. In fact, I envy you - like you, I saw the piss-poor film first, and had very low expectations of the book - but it's splendid. I think it's even better in the 'nitty gritty detail of actually doing stuff', that was Forsyth's early trademark style, than 'Jackal'
Deighton is a minefield. Half his books are great, half beyond terrible. My father firmly believed (and with his education I trust him on this for a change) that he only wrote every other book - he got someone else to the other ones. He said this to me in the early 80's, back when it was not common practice like it is nowadays with 'Tom Clancy' or 'Virginia Andrews'
Some of His Non fiction is great, 'Blitzkrieg' is excellent fun.
I found a collection of his short stories in a charity shop, and if you had sent me them in MS form and told me they were written by Sven Hassel when he was 14 I would have believed you.