The Mongo series is one of my favorites, but I missed this one when it came out - I only realized it existed after I read that Chesbro had died. I bought it immediately, but never read it. I liked knowing that I still had one more visit with Garth and Mongo ahead, even if it was the last one.*
And while I love the series and characters, not all the books are of consistent quality. What if the last one wasn't very good?
Today I finally decided to find out how things end.
I pleased to report that Dream is one of the strongest books in the series, an extraordinarily fun (if completely implausible) romp that I devoured as quickly as possible. One of the best things about Chesbro (after his offbeat characters) is his ability to combine action and violence with a strongly left-leaning sensibility. Seriously, it usually takes a lesbian to write a thriller this far left.
My last Mongo re-read, '79's An Affair of Sorcerers, left a bad taste in my mouth because of its casual homophobia. I'm pleased to report that after this installment, all of Chesbro's previous unfortunate remarks on the subject are forgiven.
I had a blast. Thanks, George. I'll always miss you, but I'll keep re-reading these.
*And there is maybe one more. Lord of Ice and Loneliness was published in a French translation, but never found an American publisher. It seem inevitable that it will eventually turn up as an ebook, but so far none of his novels are available in that format.
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Dream of a Falling Eagle (The Mongo Mysteries Book 14) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B076CFNFC7
- Publisher : MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (31 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2916 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 191 pages
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I liked knowing that I still had one more visit with ...Reviewed in the United States on 5 September 2014
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Tripping over his political paranoia again...Reviewed in the United States on 17 August 2003
I've generally loved Chesbro's books, but in this one and in the Language of Cannibals, he prefers to launch political diatribes rather than worry about telling a story. Whether you agree or not with his left wing tirades that turn aging hippies and former communists into heroes (as in Cannibals), if you're fair and objective, you'll agree that his eagerness to make a point interferes with his normal storytelling prowess, and his paranoia becomes a Johnny-one-note theme. The entire plot, from the opening sentence, is a long, paranoid tirade. Read some of the finer books in this series like Rings, Shadow of a Broken Man, etc.
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