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Jingo (Discworld #21, City Watch #4)

Jingo (Discworld, #21) - Terry Pratchett

War, Politics by Other Means


Whenever something extraordinary happens in Ankh-Morpork, Commander Sam Vimes wishes he can just have similar street crime and not deal with politics like he does in Jingo.  The fourth Watch entry of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series takes the City Watch of Ankh-Morpork to foreign parts, namely Klatch, in the pursuit of the criminal mastermind that sent two powers to war.


The ancient sunken city of Leshp rises to the surface directly in-between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch, the two ancient rivals claim the island and war fever starts spreading in both countries.  To Sam Vimes and the City Watch this just makes their job harder in the multicultural city that they patrol that only gets worse when a Klatch prince comes to town to receive an honorary degree from the Unseen University and is wounded in an assassination attempt.  As Vimes and Watch work on finding the perpetrators, the politics of the situation slide into the war which sends all of their suspects to Klatch in some way.  And then the story really gets going, especially when Lord Vetinari takes a trip with Colon and Nobbs.


Like the other Watch books, Pratchett has fun with the idea of law-and-order and with the coppers catching the bad guy.  The unusual personalities that make up the Watch continue to develop, even when some of them really don’t want to, and along the way the reader gets to have a lot of laughs at their expense.  Jingo is another great book in the Discworld series and continues the great arc of the Watch subseries.