It’s true that the setup takes a while as Brookmyre establishes some characters but it’s entertainingly done. Fifteen years after leaving high school a pretty random bunch of people are invited to a reunion at an unusual venue: it’s a former oil rig refitted as a luxury resort for British tourists which will eventually be towed to better weather near Africa. This project is the baby of the one kid who never made much of an impression at school, so for him it has a lot of show off value. But there’s been a big budget overrun, and the American investors have an evil plan to cash in, and out. The now-adults are happily re-connecting with free champagne when a bunch of well-armed soldiers of fortune arrives and the snafus begin. With trademark Scottish energy and directness the hostages battle it out with the cammo guys who are hoping to net some serious money. But there’s a big twist coming.
Apart from the witty jokes and allusions, the prize sheep flying over a car etc etc, one of the most enjoyable things about this book is the characters themselves. They’re not all alcoholic stoats. Some are thoughtful, successful in various fields, endearing, funny, genuine folks. The women are well-written too, which isn’t always the case in action-type books. Along the way there’s some interesting discussion of pacifism and an analysis of action movies between two people you’d least expect it from. Good fun, and not too much Scottish brogue.
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