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Hartley's Second Chance--A Blast!,
This review is from: On the Fifth Day (Mass Market Paperback)
Hartley's newest thriller draws readers into another, fast-paced international hide-and-seek. The impressive difference here, is Hartley's artistic courage and maturity. While Deborah Miller, from The Mask of Atreus (Hartley's first novel) garners her own following, Hartley bravely refuses to rely upon an established character. Instead, he offers readers Thomas Knight, a man with realistic human frailties. Readers will sympathize with and adore Knight. While Hartley constructs one of the most sympathetic of recent fictional characters in Knight, the author further reveals his artistic range through the personification of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I hope that Hartley plans to reward his readers with more from Knight in future novels.
Inevitably, readers will want to compare the similarities between A. J. Hartley and Dan Brown novels. While both design globe-trotting protagonists, Hartley divests himself of Brown's well-worn plot line by asking his characters to acknowledge their doubts. Because we also doubt --professionally, romantically, spiritually--On the Fifth Day is a touching gift to Hartley's readers. In his second novel, Hartley reminds readers that regret cannot alter history, that bad things happen to good people, and that sometimes, chance offers a "re-do," a second chance. I am so glad that A.J. Hartley has this second chance, and I can't wait for the third.