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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Typical Paul Madriani Novel, July 4, 2009
This review is from: Guardian of Lies (Hardcover)
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Steve Martini is a very solid writer of courtroom thrillers, and I've enjoyed most of his novels featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. One thing I've noticed about Martini's more recent novels (SHADOW OF POWER; DOUBLE TAP) is that the plots have become less realistic and more over-the-top. GUARDIAN OF LIES continues this trend.

GUARDIAN OF LIES is unusual for a Madriani novel because there are few scenes in the courtroom. This is not a true legal thriller. Instead, the plot is more action-oriented, with lawyer Madriani trotting the globe and trying to foil a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States.

The result is just okay. There are a lot of big-scale action scenes in GUARDIAN OF LIES, but they aren't strung together in a way that builds any sense of momentum. The characterization is mostly flat. The novel drags in places, and is probably about 100 pages too long. I found this novel engaging enough to finish, but I wasn't kept on the edge of my seat.

GUARDIAN OF LIES is smartly written and serves as a decent entertainment. My hope, however, is that Martini returns to the courtroom for his next book, and comes up wih a more down-to-earth plot than what I found here.
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2009 10:48:06 PM PDT
J. Norburn says:
I've read two Madriani novels including Shadow of Power. I've found them pretty entertaining but totally agree with you about the unrealistic plot issue. Not sure if I will bother with this one or not. Maybe as an audio book.....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 30, 2009 10:51:55 PM PDT
I also am finding that I am wishing for the return of the 'old' Madriani. The plot is too over the top to be compelling, and I'm finding that I don't really feel any involvement with the characters. Too much intrigue, too many knots to untie, too little emotional involvement for my taste.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 3:32:54 PM PDT
Brian Baker says:
I fully agree with your review. In reading the last chapter, wherein Madriani seems to be thinking of leaving the practice of law, I have to wonder if either the character's being retired, or Martini's going to try to turn him into another Mitch Rapp-type character or what.

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 12:44:43 PM PST
SUSIEQ says:
Most interesting the BACK STORY at the end of the book and Kennedy, Castro, and Kruschev and that nuclear armaments were in Cuba until the 1990's - really?
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