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Grant can write, but the book fails to deliver,
This review is from: Even (Hardcover)
David Trevellyan is a British Navy intelligence officer (his specific role is somewhat vague) who is wrapping up a job in the US when he discovers a recently murdered tramp lying in a dark alleyway. He is swiftly apprehended by the police department who then pass him onto the FBI. The body was actually an undercover FBI agent and Trevellyan is now the FBI's prime suspect.
The book starts well and grabs your attention, but from there it loses its way. The plot is overly complicated with two main strands that are only tenuously linked. So about half way through the book it stops being about one silly plot and starts being about another. Trevellyan ends up working with the FBI on the cases - a development that doesn't feel even remotely believable.
There are parts of this book that are exciting and well written, but they are few between with far too many long conversations and erratic changes in direction. Ultimately I got bored, and also confused by the large cast of sketchily drawn characters. The ending is quite abrupt and with at least one villain still on the loose, sets up the book for a sequel.
Grant starts each chapter with Trevellyan disclosing a little more information about his past or an anecdote from his naval training. While this occasionally feels forced, these sections gave a tantalizing glimpse of the novel that this might have been. His writing style has many similarities to that of his brother (Lee Child), but the novel lacks the punch of the Reacher series.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2009 11:23:49 AM PST
Nick Brett says:
why on earth as someone given you an 'unhelpful' for this excellent review?!!
Posted on Feb 4, 2010 12:37:25 PM PST
Well said. I felt the same way upon reading this novel.
Very accurate reviewing.
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