2/10/2012 7:10:20 AM
Alan McQueen, or Macca, as his Australian colleauges call him, is a hoot. He's not slick or suave, but he's got a roguish quality and that good natured Aussie front that puts people at ease. While he's no slump in a fight, he doesn't go around taking gaurds out with a single well placed "judo chop". Mac isn't afraid to let his fears be known, but he'll still charge in when others might hesitate. He does skirt the hero bit once and soon regrets it in "Double Back". As background goes Abernethy does a fabulous job of letting you feel the settings, most of them tropical. The machinations of politicians seem to know no national boundary and the Aussie pols are every bit as devious and backbiting as their British or American counterparts which pits Mac against them on more than one occasion.
It's worth noting that the story in Double Back occurs before Second Strike, so you might be served best by reading that novel first. I did completely by accident and noted the flow from one to the other. I wasn't left scratching my head as characters appeared who made Mac nervous. I haven't read all the books yets, I've got one left to go but unless Abernethy completely disappoints me I have to give this series an A. It's well plotted, has a few turns that surprised even an old thriller hack like me and the Australian view is refreshing after all the years of Brits and Yanks fighting the cold hearted Russians. Pick up one of Abernethy's books and you won't be dissapointed.