Let’s Read Hostile Intent [end]


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”.


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*



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.

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16 thoughts on “Let’s Read Hostile Intent [end]

  1. Suzy

    I’ve been waiting for a good time to recommend that you read Fifth Sorceress! Don’t know what I would do without your snarktastic blog to provide comic relief.

  2. TheUncreativeMe

    I actually liked Cassandra Clare’s books (the initial trilogy mostly.). They’re not spectacular but they’re not terrible, either. City of Glass is actually the last book in the original trilogy so you would want to start with City of Bones if you were to do a Let’s Read (which I think you should).

  3. Fibinachi

    I mean, I assume he meant conscentious objectors because being pacifists makes you a weak unman that will destroy your entire civilization, but that one’s just very open. “Objectors”. Yes, any objection to anything will DESTROY WESTERN CIVILIZATION.

    Anyhow: books.

    Angel of Darkness is all right for reading bad fantasy. Imagine a young angsty hero-story about someone angsting for 3 books, with lots of black leather and swords. Good stuff.

    aSoFaI is too long and too convoluted to start doing a let’s read of. It’d be sort of a drag, like trying Sanderson again I think. Could be fun and rewarding though, no doubt about it. Not sur what comment you’d make.

    The [X] Fury by Jim Butcher is so-so. Once you’ve read one Jim Butcher book you’ve kinda read them all. In Dresden Files it’s magic romance juice, in The Furies the drug for making women horny is some slaver thing. Both just as uncomfortable! The precocious outlander who grew up on a farm and more magically gifted than anyone else is the protagonist of both novels, the cityfolk being too stupid for their own good is the antagonists, someone refusing to give in to their DARK and EVIL inner desires is the protagonist, there’s some weird oddities in the world building, the evil sexy seductresses are the same, the mind control is sexy vampires or sexy slave collars and you keep asking “wait, what?”. Fun books though, could be worth reading.

    I recently finished The Thousand Names, by Django Wexler, which I thought was rather splendid.
    The City of Silk and Steel, Carey, is fairly neat tales within tales within tales.

    I read Brian McClellan’s entire Powder Mage trilogy and kinda wish I hadn’t, since it started out pretty brilliantly (“So someone has just suceeded in a revolution against the aristocrats and their pet mages. This entire book is going to be about all the awful stuff that happens after a revolution is successful”) but then teetered in the end and ended up something along the lines of:” My awesome protagonists kills everybody!”. Uh-huh.

    Perhaps I can tempt you with some more Terry Goodkind? There’s another 12 books to go, you know! How about the one where he murders pacifists? Or the one about a psycopaths long journey through the world? Or how about the one where a statue is made that’s so beautiful it defeats communism?

    Prince of Nothing is… I don’t have the words.

    The Mote In God’s Eye is part of a series, and kinda funky. There’s a lot of questionable elements, but on the other hand, there’s also some genuinely neat stuff in there and some cool conversations about species and things. For what it was I actually really rather liked it.

    The Fifth Sorceress is… uh… uhm… I’m just going to let the press coverage speak for itself:

    “Not since Terry Goodkind unsheathed the Sword of Truth has there been such an epic tale of heroism and magic that so captures the imagination as this monumental new work by a master storyteller.”

    I got 37 pages in and then, noticing I was weeping blood and had lost the ability to empathize with my fellow man, turned into a baleful morlock, I slithered away into the dark night. I only recovered my sense, sanity and ability to stand up right because I accidentally stumbled upon a book by Tamoria Pierce.

    1. ronanwills Post author

      That Fifth Sorceress thing looks kind of tempting. I’ll have to consider it.

      Incidentally there are a whole shit-load of fantasy novels I’ve never heard of with near-identical covers.

  4. Fibinachi

    Wait, sorry, wait.

    The objectors? You get bad genes by leaving the objectors? The objectors to what? What are they objecting? What cause are they objecting to which is causing a direct measurable detoriation of their genetic potential? Does being against the latest tax hike literally destroy the telomerase or render your RNA re-sequencing less effecient?


    (Anyway, thanks for reading, that was a fun let’s read. aa+, would read you reading again)

  5. Elspeth Grey

    That was pretty anticlimactic. Like he had all these ideas for the buildup but then realized he had no real concept of how to end it, so just rushed everything together.

    As for let’s reads! I’d be interested in you taking on anything by Cassandra Clare, especially after your enjoyable liveblog of the movie. Maybe her “steampunk” prequel series? I’d also be interested in Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas, because it sounds SO BAD I might have to hate read it myself.

    If you want something you, uh, might actually like, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson could work. It has an atypical heroine and setting for YA fantasy, and actively avoids things you’ve complained about in other books (people actually get infections from their wounds! it’s a serious risk!).

  6. steamysalt

    What?! No…no moar Devlin?
    But seriously. Are there actually more of these by Walsh? Is this the first in a series?

    And as for suggestions, I hear Fifth Sorceress is a hilariously bad fantasy book, and imma throw out Prince of Nothing again for the lolz. There is also Firethorn by Sarah Micklem about a redheaded peasant girl who becomes a knight’s lover. I think its good book that might lead to some interesting discussion.

    And for sci-fi, The Mote in God’s Eye, which is hilariously dated and sexist in places. And if you could get your hands on them, Cordwainer Smith’s short stories are pretty zany, such as the one about a 90 billion mile space ship and another about colonists being stranded on a planet toxic to women or whatever and they have to sex change into men and become like a super aggressive society if I’m remembering right.

    Decisions, decisions…

    1. Reveen

      Fifth Sorceress is kind of like a horrifying Frankenstein monster of every bad or stupid about fantasy novels. Seriously, if Ronan has made fun of it, it’s probably happened in that book. But Bakker’s books are nonsense on a whole ‘nother dimension.

      If you’d like to do a more balanced Let’s Read about a less crap book I’d like to see a take of Scott Lynch’s stuff.

  7. TheUncreativeMe

    Hi, just dropping in. I’ve been lurking for a while and I noticed that you don’t seem to have done any Tamora Pierce books for Let’s Reads. I think you’d actually like them, and they’re fantasy, so that would be a change. 🙂 I’d enjoy seeing you read something you enjoy.

  8. Signatus

    What a terrible book!

    Anyways, I’m still for the idea of going through ASOIAF. Could be an interesting thing.
    As for other things, I don’t know. As I’m now going through Furies of Calderon, it could be interesting to get a look at it. Talk about cliches, and a writing that makes you cringe. I’m ok with his first person POV in Dresden Files, but his third person is a tell, don’t show feast, with some added mysoginy (what’s with writers thinking showing males behaving like potential rapers in front to women is a way to show maturity?).

    Still think Brent Week’s Angel of Darkness is totally worth it.

    And Trudi Canavan’s The Ambassador’s Mission trilogy. Things get explained pretty well, so I don’t think it is essential to read the first trilogy to get a grasp on what’s going on. It was pretty bad, to be honest, and the main character is hateful.

    You’d also do me a favor if you considered Empire (or whatever it is called), from Paolini. I don’t want to read that book, but I’d happily go through a Lets Read. Maybe even consider getting a copy to follow through how bad it is.

    Not sure if this one is translated to english but Chronicles of Idhun by Laura Gallego Garcia (or Garcia Gallego) is a horrible bunch of three bricks with everything tossed in, from mages, to knights, to evil wizards, to werewolves and alien planets, just for the lulz (I guess), Oh, and special chosen ones which happen to be the last of their specie and need to return to Idhun to restore balance or something… ¡lovely!

  9. Number27

    Well, that ending made even less sense than I was expecting. Yay, I guess.

    Recommendation wise, I’ve wondered for a while what you would make of Richard K. Morgan’s fantasy series starting with “The Steel Remains.” In some ways it’s exactly what you were talking about in the Mantasy post, except one of the 3 main characters is a gay man, another is a black (sort of) woman and the whole thing seems at least somewhat self aware (ymmv on that last, of course.) It’s also extremely short and to the point compared to the doorstopper brigade.

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