I think I have read almost every novel that Hagberg has penned. I am a big fan, so watch out. I read a few reviews of this novel back when it came out and I felt they were way off base, especially Publishers Weekly. Their big beef was that Hagberg didn’t offer enough insight into the North Korean society ala James Church’s Inspector O series. No disrespect to Mr. O, but I really didn’t care when I read The Expediter if it gave me a deep and thorough insight. I like being sightless, but entertained. That’s what David Hagberg delivered here in The Expediter, pure adrenaline, suspense and action. Insight for me can be left behind. Besides how much insight can be gained into Kim Jung Il?
The Expediter has the forces that be, interrupting McGarvey’s peace and pseudoretirement to help them solve the World’s newest crisis du jour. Basically they need his unique skill set and attitude to unravel yet another plot that the alleged masterminds cannot solve. McGarvey packs a toothbrush, says goodbye to his loved ones and goes about his business. Hagberg puts together a great plot, executes it well and keeps the action going from the beginning to end; one cannot ask for more in a novel of this type. The character is hard hitting and in your face and that is when he is at his best. The narrative of the places McGarvey visits and the speed in which he is changing time zones doesn’t really lend itself to learning the history and culture of a Nation State.
I am not going out on a limb here when I say that David Hagberg can pen a really good suspense/action novel. If you haven’t had a chance to get a dose of Kirk McGarvey there are plenty of other novels in the Hagberg library to check out, grab one; they are just as good. The Cabel is his newest to date and that should be available now ( hint, click the tab ). I look forward to reading it.
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