Devlin is in England for his big showdown with Charles. But first IMPERIALISM AND EUGENICS OR SOMETHING
Devlin liked the SAS guys. They were tough. They were a throwback to the Brits of yore, the guys who set out to make the world England and damn near succeeded. There was, after all, something to be said in favor of an intact gene pool. When you kill off the best, the brightest, the bravest…and leave only the losers, the weak, the objectors, the physically and mentally unfit…well—what would Darwin say?
Darwin wouldn’t say jack shit because his ideas had nothing to do with fucking eugenics. Also go fuck yourself.
Anyway you can tell Devlin is in England because he meets with a contact who says “gov’nor” and talks in a stereotypical cockney accent.
Devlin got in. “Louis,” he said, “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
“I know it is, sir,” said the cabbie. “I can feel it in me bones.”
Just in case you needed one more cliche before the end of the book.
(No I’m just kidding, there are way more cliches to go)
Louis vanishes after a few paragraphs, after dropping Devlin off at a house where he’s going to have his big fight with Charles. It’s one on one! Two men enter, one man leaves! For some reason Devlin doesn’t just have a team of SEALs storm the building or something, because drama.
Charles opens the front door and calmly invites Devlin inside, and Devlin goes along with it instead of just shooting him (see above statement about cliches). There’s a whole lot of bullshit but the gist of it is that Charles arms the weather balloon EMP, they fight, Devlin mortally wounds him and then Charles tells him how to disarm the EMP in exchange for saving Amanda Harrington. The whole thing is strangely anti-climactic, given how much time has been spent on Charles and Devlin’s rivalry.
OKAY NEXT CHAPTER LET’S GET THIS SHIT OVER WITH Skorzeny visits a jailed terrorist with a hilarious “south American” accent. The only real piece of information we get here is that Seelye did indeed have Devlin’s parents killed, with Skorzeny’s help (they were supposedly working together, remember, with Skorzeny as a double agent). Then helicopters arrive and Skorzeny is like “oh balls”.
AND THEN THE LAST CHAPTER
Yeah, this is the end of the book. You may be surprised. I certainly was! It’s like Walsh hit a wordcount limit or something and had to rush the climax.
Basically what happens is:
– Danny arrives at Skorzeny’s house in a helicopter, for some reason with Hope and Rory in tow
– Emma comes staggering out of the house and they get her into the helicopter, managing to escape before Skorzeny’s crony can shoot them down
– Devlin somehow arrives in France during all of this (I guess he can teleport or something) and starts beating the shit out of Skorzeny, but Skorzeny escapes through a secret escape hatch he had installed in his house or something
– There’s a vague mention of Amanda Harrington still being drugged, but her storyline isn’t resolved at all. I guess once Skorzeny is defeated she just… leaves? Maybe?
– Maryam shows up after everything is finished to wrap up Devlin’s wounds and be his designated love interest
– Next day President Tyler gives a speech where he’s like “hey remember when Hartley exposed that shady government agency? Yeah just jk lol I was trying to draw the terrorists out of hiding, pls elect me next year”
– Devlin requests a new Branch 4 member (I’m guessing Maryam, although it’s never stated explicitly) and Seelye decides to just not mention the fact that Branch 4 wasn’t actually a thing until now
– This seriously reads like a rough first draft
“Agreed,” said President Tyler.
“Thank you, sir.”
The meeting was over. The decision had been made. The President started to gather up some things on his desk, then turned back.
“Who are you, really?” he asked, but the man was nowhere to be seen. Just a voice out of the shadows.
“Call me Devlin,” he said.
*James Bond music*
DEVLIN WILL RETURN
BUT NOT ON THIS BLOG BECAUSE FUCK READING ANY MORE OF THESE BOOKS
And that’s our Let’s Read! It was kind of fun there at the start, when we were plumbing the depths of Walsh’s out-there politics together, but then the plot became tedious and convoluted.
So what’s next? I’m going to take some substantial time off from the Let’s Reads to recharge, and also because I’m in my last semester of a college course. But! That doesn’t mean the blog will be going dark. I’m going to have reviews and some other hopefully interesting posts going up, so keep checking back.
Also, feel free to post suggestions for what you’d like to see when the Let’s Reads resume, because I frankly have no idea.