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Beginning of a Too Long Series
on January 13, 2014
This is the first book in a seven book series which is annoying so to save you the trouble: The story here is fine as a stand alone light read. The ultimate villain of the series (responsible for the 20 year old mystery) is who you think it is by the end of this book and the kidnapper is who you think it is too. I skimmed a few of the books. The last in the series is really poor from a story perspective but confirms everything you knew at the end of the first book.
Long series that drag more and more peripheral characters into prominence in order to keep the whole thing going are not my particular cup of tea. A few books using the same story line is fine but this series is constructed to keep the underlying mystery going way too long and worse, is written by several different writers with quite frankly different levels of talent. Very annoying concept and I hope publishers don't do it again.