Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Will UNCLE appear or has it been replaced by two real organizations, the CIA and the KGB? It has to appear because it is in the title - but does not come on stage until right at the end. This is partly a prequel and partly a rewrite. What we saw before was a popular TV series. This is the real thing. UNCLE might remain a four-person task force or could grow to fill a building in New York. The series could move in either direction.
A threat from corporate crime and surviving Nazis is big enough to bring together a covert operation involving Waverley, Solo, Kuryakin and a new version of the Girl. THRUSH may or may not emerge later.
This text is not based on any manuscripts left by Larsson so I hope that someone else will develop them. Two parallel Millennium universes.
One minor difference: Lagercrantz's text is less dense. It concentrates less information into each square inch of the page. But that does not prevent this novel from being an authentic continuation. I hope that Lagercrantz writes more. He plants clues that more will come: the sister and another brother.