A Review of Chaos in Kabul: A Malko Linge Novel by Gérard de Villiers

Chaos in Kabul: A Malko Linge Novel

by Gérard de Villiers

Chaos in KabulThe publicity for this book says “Gérard de Villiers has been hailed as France’s answer to James Bond—he sold millions of copies around the world of his thrillers and published his 200th novel just before he died in November 2013.” They have one thing right, this book was as exciting as any of the Bond books written by Ian Fleming, but Malko Linge gets a lot more from his encounters with the ladies than James Bond ever did. Some readers might be put off by the very graphic nature of the liaisons that happen regularly in this book. But if those don’t bother you, I’m sure that you will enjoy the non-stop action, and the many close calls that Malko just manages to escape from.

The story takes place in and around Kabul, Afghanistan. You feel like this could have been a true story, because you will recognize many of the names of the people and groups from the news. It could have happened that The President of the United States, Barack Obama, got the C.I.A. to hire a foreign national like Malko Linge, to plan and carry out an assassination of the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai. It probably didn’t, but de Villiers makes it seem quite possible. The story feels very current, like it could have happened yesterday. The action, people and places ring true. De Villiers gets everything right.

Chaos in Kabul is an action-thriller, and not everyone likes that kind of thing, but if you do, I think you will enjoy this book, and any other books in this series that get published. I know I will be on the look-out for Malko Linge novels. This is the second of five books in this series that Vintage Crime is planning on publishing.

I give Chaos in Kabul 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up! This isn’t a great book, but it’s great fun, and a hard book to put down.

I received a review copy from Vintage Crime.

Book Description

As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan, and the Taliban is poised to take over, the CIA calls upon the Austrian aristocrat Malko Linge to execute a dangerous and delicate plan to restore stability to the region.

On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn’t know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai’s entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist–and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city.

Book Details

Series: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage (October 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804169330
ISBN-13: 978-0804169332
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

About the Author

Photo © Christophe Mourthé
Photo © Christophe Mourthé

Gérard de Villiers (1918–2013) is the most popular spy-thriller writer in French history. His hundred-odd books about the adventures of the Austrian nobleman and freelance CIA operative Malko Linge have sold millions of copies.

Malko Linge, who first appeared in 1964, has often been compared to Ian Fleming’s hero James Bond. The two secret agents share a taste for gunplay and kinky sex, but de Villiers was a journalist at heart, and his books are based on constant travel and reporting in dozens of countries.

On several occasions de Villiers was even ahead of the news. His 1980 novel had Islamists killing President Anwar el-Sādāt of Egypt a year before the event took place. The Madmen of Benghazi and Chaos in Kabul vividly reflect the current upheaval in Libya and Afghanistan.

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