John Dill reviews Best Intelligence by James Gault
James Gault’s new novel “Best Intelligence” is an intriguing story of one man’s journey with his personal convictions on good and evil.
Mr. Gault highlights the veracity in our experiences about what it takes to shift our personal convictions about such matters. A die-hard cop who suddenly finds himself living under the threat of extinction, just as suddenly realizes he’d rather live on a level equal to his antagonists, morally speaking, than die on a higher level with his convictions.
Mr. Gault reinforces the belief that every nation has its own personal gang capable, willing and licensed to rise above the law in the interests of the nation as a whole. As always, the moral turpitude of such structures suggests humanity has yet to rise beyond “might-makes-right” resolutions when all else fails. Personally, I wonder if such entities are serving the greater good of the nations under which they are formed or if they serve the greater good of a few individuals, and the nations they are formed under simply benefit from this service to these individuals. Be that as it may, it makes for fine fodder in the writing of stories and has been the subject of many. Mr. Gault has done an admirable job in exposing the Achilles heel of the law and the folks engaged to enforce it. I also enjoyed his well-researched usage of the Scottish perspective attached to his characters.
A good read I would highly recommend that covers many facets of human strategy in finding that ever elusive balance between good and evil in application.
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