My rating: 3 of 5 stars
hmm, well, it’s as if the eViL lobbyists in Thank You for Smoking grew a bit older and decided to see what they could do toward fomenting a war with the Chinese.
in fact, it’s a lot like that.
Buckley’s always funny, so if you’re in the mood for some funny, go for it. but somehow the funny has worn thin over the years. i remember spitting beer thru my nose reading Thank You for Smoking. but this book? maybe it’s just become too real.
Bird, our protagonist, works as a lobbyist for a defense contractor in need of, well, more money, of course. so Bird hooks up with a warmonger named Angel to make all that happen.
the problem is, neither Bird nor Angel seems to have even one redeeming characteristic. now, maybe my memory of Thank You for Smoking is a bit rosy, but it seems like the protag in that book had at least one. one point five? point five? anyway pretty much the entire cast of Puppies couldn’t find one except by theft, with the possible exception of the Chinese President, Fa, who is actually a more sympathetic character than just about everyone else in the book.
i think the book’s fault is not in its self, but in its stars–after years of lobbyists jerking us around, it’s just not funny any more.