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Not even close to Devil's Deep
on August 29, 2011
Maybe it is just me but The Devil's Peak seemed to be something written quickly to piggy back on the success of Devil's Deep, Wallace'a best book to date.
I've read every one of Michael Wallace's books and this is the least entertaining of all of them. The main character of Devil's Deep, Wes Pilson, was absent for the most part. A shame as he was a strong, likeable character and appeared to be unceremoniously dumped for lack of anything for him to do. The lady who helped him in Deep, Becca, is now his girlfriend and looking for patients with locked in syndrome. As with Deep, the place where the current locked in patient, Walter Fitzroy, resides will not allow any person to check so subterfuge is needed. The plot thickens as a seriously crazed patient has decided Walter is the love of her life and plans to kidnap him - or kill him - even she isn't sure.
There are other nefarious plots circling Fitzroy keeping his locked in syndrome from being discovered - all very well planned out and very Michael Wallace. Keeping the different plots going is a Wallace gift and he doesn't disappoint in this book. The problem, for me, came in the delivery. Jumping back and forth in time was an issue. Long conversations for little reason were another issue. Parts of the book were slow - very slow.
The plots were good but the action was forced. I will still read Wallace's books - this was just not the best.