Book Review: “Operation Angus” by Terry Fallis

Cover of "Operation Angus" by Terry Fallis
Cover of “Operation Angus” by Terry Fallis

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Operation Angus” by Terry Fallis! I’ve read and reviewed the first two books, “Best Laid Plans” and “The High Road” before, and enjoyed reading them. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a third book following the events of these two was published, and I knew I just had to read this one.

Here’s a quick summary so we know what this is about:

“Angus McLintock, accidental Member of Parliament, has won re-election and is now the Minister of State for International Relations—or, in other words, he’s the junior global affairs minister. In this new post, he and his trusty Chief of Staff, Daniel Addison, are in London to meet with their international counterparts to discuss the upcoming G8 Summit in Washington. Unfortunately, Angus is not in charge of Canada’s involvement in the summit—that task falls to the actual Global Affairs Minister, not the junior one. What Angus is responsible for is planning a brief post-summit meeting in Ottawa between the Prime Minister and the President of Russia, the former head of the KGB.

The London meetings are all going to plan until Daniel receives a cryptic, late-night text, from a burner phone, directing him to a pub around the corner from their hotel. There is important information he needs to know, the mysterious texter says—but he must keep the meeting a secret, and must come alone. Naturally, he immediately tells Angus, who of course tags along to the pub—just as reinforcement. The soon-to-be-retired MI6 agent who is waiting for Daniel is not pleased, but there are more pressing matters at hand: Chechen separatists are plotting to assassinate the Russian President—and it’s going to happen when he’s in Ottawa to meet with the Prime Minister, just weeks away. Angus and Daniel have to put a stop to it before it’s too late. Naturally, no one in Ottawa will take them, or their top-secret intelligence, seriously, so they’re on their own.

In an instant, they are thrown into a race against the clock to uncover the Chechen sleeper cell, thwart their plans, and ultimately save the Russian President. Along the way, in classic Angus and Daniel style, they have to dodge bitter rivals, enraged protestors, and even a runaway Cessna. This is a madcap cloak-and-dagger adventure with humour and heart that will delight and entertain readers until the very last page.”

Plot Development: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Putting the extremely long summary above aside, this was a really fun book and it might be my favorite of the three. It’s a satisfying conclusion to the adventures that Daniel, Angus, and the rest of the characters have together (assuming Fallis doesn’t write another book in this series that is).

I also think it’s the most elaborate story in the entire series to date – after all, Angus and Daniel have to stop assassins and deal with other government-related issues in the process. They also learn some unexpected things about each other and themselves in this process. I wish I could write more about how fun it is, but I’d risk giving away major spoilers.

Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars

I’ll be honest-  outside of Daniel and Angus, the rest of the characters in the book didn’t have a lot of development outside of their respective roles in the plot. However, the two main characters were so fun to read that I actually didn’t mind this.

This is one of those books that focuses more specifically on just the main characters. This can be annoying for those who want more depth in  larger cast of characters. However, it works just fine with this specific story. Angus and Daniel end up hashing out a lot of issues while trying to foil the assassins in this book. It leads to some great insights for both of them in their friendship with each other and as individuals.

Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!

If you’re looking for a fun follow-up to the “Best Laid Plans” and “The High Road,” I would definitely recommend reading this book.

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