BOOK REVIEW: Getting guns and action wrong

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Flaccid, “tell me” writing like this makes one think Mr. Lindsay should spend more time watching Sam Pekinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” or any of the Jason Bourne movies to get a sense of what cinematically written action scenes are all about. Even Vince Flynn does violence better than this.

What should have been a gangbusters denouement deteriorates into what experienced action-novel writers might call “the full Lex Luthor.” That’s when the bad guy holds a gun (or some Kryptonite) on the good guy and tells him everything he was going to do and why.

Bottom line? The one nagging question that remains after struggling through “Agent X” is: Where, oh where, was Mr. Lindsay’s editor? “It is,” as the late Yul Brynner once announced on Broadway, eight shows a week, “a puzzlement.”

John Weisman’s latest novels, “Jack in the Box” and “Direct Action,” are available as Avon paperbacks. He can be reached at

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