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Too Much Technical Detail
on July 19, 2013
There really wasn't much of a story here. A group of terrorists hold the G20 leaders hostage, and threaten to kill them if their demands aren't met. Law enforcement groups, of course, try to free the hostages.
That's it. In between, the author takes us in depth through what happens on both sides. The problem is that the focus is on intricate technical details about everything. By technical, I mean not only descriptions like the types of weapons and how they work, or how an elevator shaft looks, but also descriptions about how the characters go from point A to point B. Instead of saying, for example, "he was barely able to walk across the room with his injured leg," we get something like "Every bone in his body, every fiber of his being, cried out in pain. He looked across the room to see if his bloody, shattered leg would hold up long enough to get to the other side. He fought off the excruciating pain and decided he had no choice. Slowly, he inched his way along. A bolt of lightning shot through his leg and made him almost pass out. He took another step, grabbed his leg, his head started spinning, then...black. When he came to, five minutes later, he tried again, even though the pain was worse."
Those are not quotes from the book. I made them up, but you get the point. The whole book is like that. Way too much minutiae, and not enough background on the characters and their motivations, especially those of the terrorists. The human element takes a back seat to the physical details.
Overall, it was okay, but could have been a lot better.