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2.0 out of 5 stars Unworthy of Burkes' earlier work, January 8, 2012
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This review is from: Feast Day of Fools: A Novel (Hackberry Holland Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
I normally dont write reviews until I finish a book. I've stopped reading this one, so if I am ever going to write this review, it will be now.

Not finishing a book by Burke is a first for me. Even with weak subject matter and cartoonish characters Burkes mastery of evocative prose and phrasing has always kept me turning the pages until I hit the back cover. Not so with this one.

Why did I stop caring about this book? One reason is its lead character, Hackberry Holland. Hack is 81. And, as such, is simply unbelievable in the role he has been cast. 81 year old men simply do not cross the border and bust up saloons with thug bartenders 50 years younger than they are.

Pam Tibbs. I gauge her age as being between 35 and 40. By that age most women have pretty well cast off the idealistic fantasies and romanticism of their youth. I had have no relationships with female deputy sheriffs, but given the nature of their duties, would expect that goes double for them. So, what in the holy heck is a hard-boiled dame like Pam doing having burning desires and deep longings for a dried up old husk of a man like Hackberry???? Lets face it Burke writes Pam as being reasonably hot and certainly able to attract a man within 40 years of her own age. I have spent a good bit of time in South Texas and can tell you that good looking women on the border seldom lack for suitors. This "thang" Pam has for Hack is a complete joke and Burke should be ashamed of himself for trying to pass it off.

A mishmash of confusing, poorly defined characters (Anton Ling, Temple Dowling, FBI agent Riser, etc, etc... There are about 10 characters too many in this story who contribute little to its advancement.

Speaking of the story. As a reader of all genres of speculative fiction I am cool with farout plots, and properly handled this one would fly. But a storyline involving an ex weapons designer who who wants to collaborate with Al Queda as a penance for having helped to kill weak and helpless people must be some kind of sick joke on Burkes part.

I cannot recommend this book to anyone. It does not contribute favorably to Burkes substantial body of outstanding work. In it he has a completely miscast main character who never develops any traction in the story and about midway through may have you as bored as I was. A shame to spend 13.49. My advice keep on looking for engaging reading fare.
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