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The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk

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Tale about genetic engineering by David Ambrose

Only a few people know who Charlie Monk really is. Is he, as Monk himself believes, a highly trained government hit man? Or is he merely the laboratory fodder of scientists conducting mind control experiments? Ambrose, who has previously dabbled in such … see full wiki

Author: David Ambrose
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Pocket Books
Date Published: May 3, 2005
1 review about The Discrete Charm of Charlie Monk

What a Great Book!!

  • May 12, 2009
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This is the third Ambrose book I have read and all seem to be totally different in style. This is probably the best one. It seems to combine The Matrix with James Bond and some generic engineering. You never know what is real and what is virtual reality.

Charlie Monk is a super agent recruited by the government to perform Bond-like tasks. In some cases some of Charlie's actions seem like the work of a covert operation where the government may be eliminating witnesses, so we are not sure whether or not Charlie is a good guy or a bad guy.

Also, Charlie seems to not really be able to remember his past (note: there is a quote in the front of the book from Sean Connery saying the same thing about the James Bond character not having any past prior to being a secret agent). Addiitionally, there is a doctor forced to help the government in some experiments involving patients with no short term memory so you are not sure if Charlie was one of those patients or not. Sometimes the author takes you along a different path and makes you think Charlie is something else. (I will not say anymore along these lines because I do not want to spoil it for the reader).

The book never gets boring and there is plenty of action and psychological drama going on. I practically finished this book in one sitting, it was that good!

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