Foxbat Reviews (1)
These reviews were submitted on www.amazon.co.uk and elsewhere on the Internet, and have been edited only to correct spelling mistakes.
"OK, I like James Barrington's writing, and to be fair, Foxbat is a good thriller which moves along at a fair enough pace - it just doesn't match up to either of the first two Richter books which are fantastic reads."
"The two previous Paul Richter thrillers were excellent, especially Pandemic. Foxbat sadly doesn't live up to its predecessors. It's still a good book, but, there's just too much detail. I felt bombarded with numerous Korean/Chinese names and deluged with technical information about planes, silos and missiles. There's actually a 12 page Glossary at the end explaining the techno babble! The action, when it happens, is very good. There just wasn't enough of it."
"Another very enjoyable read from James Barrington. A good plot and plenty of
action. North Korea is using all available means to acquire MiG-25 Foxbats from
a number of sources along with weapons and spares. Although somewhat antiquated
the MiG-25 is still the fastest fighter ever built, but uses old valve (vacuum
tube) electronics. Why would they want them? Richter is sent to find out and
ends up in air to air combat with the MiG whilst flying the latest version of
the Harrier: the GR9. Interesting and knowledgeable comments on the capabilities
and problems with both types of aircraft.
"I finished this book a few months back, and is another superb addition to the Paul Richter series. Different in feel to the previous 2 novels, it is perhaps the literary equivalent of the "24" series in pace and style with frequent, short scene changes running in a chronological order leading to a plot crescendo. This works well as book number 3 as the principal characters are well established and the narrative can happily sit at the faster pace. Topically relevant, technically accurate and infused with gritty realism, Barrington pulls off the "difficult third book" with style. Recommended, only make sure you read Overkill and Pandemic first!"
"Another masterpiece from this been there, done that author, he really knows his stuff, you won't find any technical gaffs here. A superbly crafted tale about the unrequited desire of North Korea to take over the South, a subject tackled by other notable authors of this genre, Dale Brown for one, but not with quite the panache that Barrington brings to bear. One of those brilliant novels that you just don't want to finish. Recommended unreservedly."
"As a thriller Foxbat is a definite page turner. Opening with a covert operation by the SAS in Algeria and closing with dog-fights over Korea the pace throughout is unrelenting. Its certainly a 'polish it off in a couple of days' affair rather than a book to linger over.
It is however, the least satisfying of James Barrington's novels to date.
This is primarily due to a shift away from smaller scale stories of covert
action to a larger one featuring geo-political & military events of a world
changing nature. This change in focus robs the book of some of the sense of
immediacy that both Overkill and Pandemic, his previous books,
"Current affairs are not always kind to novelists. Just as there seems to be a real thaw in relations between North Korea and the rest of the world, here comes a rip-roaring thriller about how evil and nasty that regime is. They have been stealing obsolete Mig-25 "Foxbat" interceptor fighter planes from Russia and elsewhere - but nobody can work out why. There is a decent plot somewhere in this book, but I found it almost irretrievably buried under the piles of "boys' toys" detail. With the evil ones about to invade South Korea and hold the world to nuclear ransom, it's just as well that British super-spook and Harrier jump-jet pilot Paul Richter is on a UK aircraft carrier off the coast of North Korea and is able to fly to the rescue - in the process singlehandedly saving the west from making a terrible mistake."
"I loved the first two thrillers from James Barrington and bought this
one as soon as it was released.
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