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Book Review on The Color of Night by David Lindsey

Updated on September 4, 2012

American dramatic/action star Bruce Willis did a movie with the same title. I was just curious if the book I borrowed from my cousin is the same storyline that was used in the film.

After viewing the film again, it's a different story from this masterpiece of trickery.

The book was printed in 1999 by Time Warner Company, so, there’s no doubt that the copyright of the book was extended into its movie version.

The author, David Lindsey, included words from renowned essayist Michel de Montaigne as foreword on this masterpiece that’s full of deceit and trickery.

“We are, I know not how, double within ourselves, with the result that we do not believe what we believe, and we cannot rid ourselves of what we condemn.” (Michel de Montaigne, Essays – II, 16 – 469 C).

Front Cover of the book - The Color of Night (Photo Credit:
Front Cover of the book - The Color of Night (Photo Credit:
David Lindsey profile photos from his site
David Lindsey profile photos from his site | Source

Webs of deception

The story happened during the post-Cold War era between the USA and USSR where agents from two countries were involved in the intricacies of espionage, as implicated by the author.

Mr. Lindsey brought the main character, Harry Strand into the art world, a former CIA agent who’s still healing with the demise of his wife who’s life was also consumed by the dangerous world of the era.

From US to Europe and vice versa, Strand’s only connection with his old buddies was into private art collection business. He and his deceased wife were able to put up an art museum, showcasing unique collection of sketches, paintings from artists who dominated Europe during the several stages of art development in the said continent.

Harry’s former friends in the spy world were killed one by one by their common enemy, Wolfram Schrade.

The German, Schrade, who also happened to be a spy is the most hated character in the book. Strand and Schrade have known each other during their active service but the former hated him because of the hideous act that the latter did to his wife.

Strand’s wife happened to be Schrade’s sister but due to the German’s lust for money and fame in the art world, he sacrificed his sibling in order to get even with Strand whom he believed usurped his money into an anonymous account.

You’ll be fixated with another character, Mara Song, a divorcee, who unknowingly seduced Harry but later admitted of the scheme, since a former CIA boss involved her in such bold plan.

The expected outcome of the plan will be catastrophic that could result to series of deaths, since the CIA boss happened to be the link between Strand and Schrade.

My rating? 5 out of 5 stars.

The Color of Night


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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @thesailor: You bet you will. You'll get hooked once you adjusted to the narratives of the author about CIA and KGB maneuverings. :)

    • thesailor profile image


      6 years ago from Seven Seas

      Awesome review. I'm interested to read it,too.:)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @earthbound1974: Me, too! I never experienced such period but the remnants of Cold War left a bitter taste between the USA and former USSR (now Russia).

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      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I was not born yet during the Cold War. I'm sure it's the dark ages between the two superpower nation that affected much the rest of our world.


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