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The Old Man

de Thomas Perry

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To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape.… (mais)
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This is my first dip into Thomas Perry, and this was a great choice. It's a book quite unlike any other I've read in this genre, in the way the author characterizes his protagonist, or I should say rather, doesn't. I've never read a book where the dialogue of the characters is characterized less. There's no "he exclaimed," "she joked," or other characterizations of speech that lend personality to the characters. "He said," "she said" is all we get, and it has a very interesting effect here, of providing a blank slate in place of the protagonist's personality. In this case it works very well, as the old man is somewhat of a cipher in his own life, and deliberately so. He's been on the run for 35 years, hiding, planning escape, shoring up funds, fake ID's, and security measures, and doesn't trust anyone. In addition, he has a cold-blooded killer's lack of scruples and no moral qualms about killing to save his own skin. The lack of characterization thus works for him. There's no deep delving into his psyche or interior monologues to help us gauge what he's thinking. He's all practical moves, and the author keeps him a mystery to the reader. It works. ( )
  ChayaLovesToRead | Apr 7, 2021 |
The old man lives in Vermont with two big dogs. To people who see him, he appears harmless, however the old man is anything but harmless. He keeps a bug out bag with all his essentials such as different ID's and two hand guns with spare clips because he never knows when he will have to go on the run again because the US Government entrusted him with 20 million dollars to give to a Libyan who decides to keep the money for himself instead of passing it on The old may takes back the money and flees Now not only does the Libyan want the old man but so does the US Government. A good fast paced read ( )
  lewilliams | Apr 1, 2021 |
This is one of the most satisfying reads I've enjoyed in a long time. I've read all of Thomas Perry's books. I've loved most and liked all. But, this one, just hit my bell perfectly. Maybe it was the whole premise of the protagonist being old. Regardless, this is one that I really wish I hadn't read so I could have it to read now. Just the best. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Watch out for the old man. On the run from the US government for more than thirty years following an abortive attempt to give back money intended for a Libyan strongman, it's becoming increasingly difficult to hide what with facial recognition software and other new technological ways of finding people.

Perry specializes in books where people are hiding or hiding others and I suppose one could learn a lot of techniques for disappearing. Of course, having a lot of money helps.

You do begin to wonder why Perry makes the detour to Julian's character and his time back down-on-the-farm, the entire subplot with Julian seems unnecessary. Good light read, nevertheless. ( )
  ecw0647 | Mar 29, 2020 |
A rare book in which the beginning and middle are stronger than the ending. I liked the story a lot, but it just kind of petered out at the end, for me. ( )
  RandyRasa | Feb 24, 2020 |
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To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape.

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