A Magnum for Schneider



[Download] ➹ A Magnum for Schneider ➾ James Mitchell – E17streets4all.co.uk He has to die, said Hunter and you may be the man for the job What s he done That is the second time you have asked that question It isn t your concern Your business is execution and nothing else not He has to die, said Hunter and you may be the man for the job What s he done That is the second time you have asked that question It isn t your concern Your business is execution and nothing else not clouding your mind with reason and explanation Do as you re told and do it without question Or get out now He s in a red file, Callan That s reason enough All right, said Callan all right.A Magnum for Schneider

James William Mitchell March , South Shields September , Newcastle upon Tyne was a British writer of crime fiction and spy thrillers Mr Mitchell also wrote under the pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O McGuire He received bachelor s and master s degrees from Oxford Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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  • 20 February 2019

10 thoughts on “A Magnum for Schneider

  1. says:

    Callan was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a kid, and having recently watched all the surviving episodes British TV companies in the 60s and early 70s had a habit of recording over shows in their archives due to the high costs of the tapes, hence the loss of certain episodes of Callan, Doctor Who, et al is one of the few shows that not only is as good as I remember, but is actually better now that I better understand its themes.Callan was a reaction to, and against, the prevailing glos Callan was one of my favourite TV shows when I was a kid, and having recently watched all the surviving episodes British TV companies in the 60s and early 70s had a habit of recording over shows in their archives due to the high costs of the tapes, hence the loss of certain episodes of Callan, Doctor Who, et al is one of the few shows that not only is as good as I remember, but is actually better now that I better understand its themes.Callan was a reaction to, and against, the prevailing glossy image of the spy depicted in the James Bond films and TV shows like The Man from UNCLE David Callan is decidedly down at heel, living in a shabby flat and, having been forcibly retired from his job as executioner for The Section , working as an accounts clerk for an unpleasant wholesale grocer Although one of their most efficient operatives, Callan had started to question his orders and had developed a guilty conscience about some his assassination jobs.Inevitably, Callan is drawn back into the murky world of national security, but is he prepared to embrace that life again If he does, can he live with his conscience If he doesn t, will the Section chief, Hunter, allow him to live Given my love of the TV programme and that this novelisation of the pilot episode is written by the original screenwriter, it was unlikely that I would find much wrong with this book Indeed, my only gripe is that it sticks too closely to the TV show and I would have liked to have had somebackground on Callan and his smelly sidekick, Lonely A minor complaint though My obvious bias aside, this is a superior thriller, theso for being a realistic and earthy depiction of the works of the security and intelligence services at least, as far as I can tell, not being a spy myself

  2. says:

    I was surprised by the high quality of the writing not sure why, but I wasn t expecting it to be as well written as it is some built in prejudice against the quality of many spy books maybe I should know better I knew the basic story had seen the TV version but the book takes us much deeper into the personality of Callan I was expecting to like the book because I liked the TV series, but I enjoyed it eventhan I expected Easily stands alone without needing the TV series Some o I was surprised by the high quality of the writing not sure why, but I wasn t expecting it to be as well written as it is some built in prejudice against the quality of many spy books maybe I should know better I knew the basic story had seen the TV version but the book takes us much deeper into the personality of Callan I was expecting to like the book because I liked the TV series, but I enjoyed it eventhan I expected Easily stands alone without needing the TV series Some of the language might be a little dated now, but that s true of many books and should not be held against it Books are very much influenced by the times they re written in which is one of the things that makes older books fascinating Very very good

  3. says:

    Read in 1980 and really liked this book.

  4. says:

    I watched the tv show before reading the book so was familiar with the characters and theme Good read , Mitchell writes this and the tv episodes.

  5. says:

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  6. says:

    An efficient, ruthless killer with a conscious comes out of retirementIf you re of a certain age and British, you ll remember the Callan TV series It starred Edward Woodward as David Callan He is an agent of a state secret service dealing with internal UK security threats Portrayed as having responsibilities like those of the real life MI5, Callan s fictional Section has carte blanche to use the most ruthless of methods In the story lines interrogation is by means of torture Extrajudicial An efficient, ruthless killer with a conscious comes out of retirementIf you re of a certain age and British, you ll remember the Callan TV series It starred Edward Woodward as David Callan He is an agent of a state secret service dealing with internal UK security threats Portrayed as having responsibilities like those of the real life MI5, Callan s fictional Section has carte blanche to use the most ruthless of methods In the story lines interrogation is by means of torture Extrajudicial killings are so routine they have a colour coded filing system Callan is an assassin who stays in his isolating job because it is the only thing he is good at But he also comes across as a sympathetic character As compared to to his sadistic upper class colleagues and implacable superior.This book has had several incarnations As A Red File for Callan , in the UK As A Magnum for Schneider , in the US and as Callan in a Corgi Books imprint in the UK It was also re tooled into the Callan movie.The plot sees David Callan, an intelligence agent assassin who comes out of retirement His mission is to handle the assassination of Schneider, a German businessman Colonel Hunter, his former employer, promises Callan that he ll be returned to active status as long as he follows his orders But Callan refuses to act until he knows exactly why Schneider has been marked for death.As with all Callan novels there are twists and turns One of them being his conscience which gives the interweaving plot a dramatic tension Who are the good guys What are the characters true intentions It s a real page turnerSome of the language is a little dated and its not great literature But it is a page turning thriller that gives the reader pause for thought.Recommended

  7. says:

    Callan thinks he s done with espionage, with being a blunt instrument for his old boss Hunter and is living a life of uncomfortable, but uncomplicated, mediocrity But Hunter needs him for one last job and won t take no for an answer.David Callan and James Bond would have worked well together, I think Both are very good at their jobs but Bond is much better at compartmentalising his work and rationalising what he did Callan is just as capable but finds his conscience is a stumbling block And, Callan thinks he s done with espionage, with being a blunt instrument for his old boss Hunter and is living a life of uncomfortable, but uncomplicated, mediocrity But Hunter needs him for one last job and won t take no for an answer.David Callan and James Bond would have worked well together, I think Both are very good at their jobs but Bond is much better at compartmentalising his work and rationalising what he did Callan is just as capable but finds his conscience is a stumbling block And, of course, M would never have thought about hanging Bond out to dry the way that Hunter does about Callan What s different about the two spies is that while they have similar capabilities and temperaments, Callan is from the working classes and has barely had a taste of the life that Bond from a farprivileged and comfortable lifestyle enjoys when not on assignment He s just as intelligent and has aformidable intellect because he s earned everything he learned through the sweat of his brow rather than Bond s And he gets much closer to his assignments than Bond usually does.This is a very long winded way of saying that I bloody love this book It s from the genre that doesn t have a very sharp line between the protagonists and the antagonists but it doesn t overplay it.It s also filled with some fantastic characters Callan and Hunter are the major characters but Meares and Lonely are superbly drawn as well And it s literate, referring to parts of history and literature that don t make you feel stupid but do make you want to look some stuff up.I m going to ask you to get off my lawn and say, Does anyone else remember when we had loads of clever, popular books like this

  8. says:

    This was a fun little read Another find from my local thrift store, A Red File For Callan US title is the first in a series of books based on the Callan TV series from the 60s and 70s It starred Edward Woodward I have never watched Callan but I think I will have to give the series a go.I had read one other of this series before, Russian Roulette Callan is a former military man who works for a shady operative service as an assassin He s a dark, complex character, a loner full of self This was a fun little read Another find from my local thrift store, A Red File For Callan US title is the first in a series of books based on the Callan TV series from the 60s and 70s It starred Edward Woodward I have never watched Callan but I think I will have to give the series a go.I had read one other of this series before, Russian Roulette Callan is a former military man who works for a shady operative service as an assassin He s a dark, complex character, a loner full of self loathing and contempt for his masters In this book he is ordered to kill a man who he quite likes If you like spy fi, especially from this era, give it a crack It s an easy read, it only took me a day to finish it 3 and a half stars

  9. says:

    Callan is a killer It s the only thing he s good at Fortunately maybe for us, he s a killer for the shadowy side of the British Government Or he was, before his conscience caught up with him and he quit Now he wants his old job back, but he has to earn it by killing Schneider a man he likes Can he justify this Will he go through with it Will his enemies get him first Or will his friends Absolutely riveting adventure, James Mitchell created an iconic British TV character in this stor Callan is a killer It s the only thing he s good at Fortunately maybe for us, he s a killer for the shadowy side of the British Government Or he was, before his conscience caught up with him and he quit Now he wants his old job back, but he has to earn it by killing Schneider a man he likes Can he justify this Will he go through with it Will his enemies get him first Or will his friends Absolutely riveting adventure, James Mitchell created an iconic British TV character in this story It s one of those books that you can t put down and the plot twists and turns keep you hooked to the very last line

  10. says:

    A thoroughly enjoyable little page turner with enough mystery, twists and turns to keep you going right until the end Like Ian Fleming set among the shadier parts of town, this is a great little diversion if you don t mind fisticuffs and gun play.

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