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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Disappointment, March 25, 2012
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This review is from: The Expats: A Novel (Hardcover)
After reading many gushing reviews extolling the bountifulness of this tome and a starred review in Pub. Weekly, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this book. What a disappointment! With slow and plodding writing, the main character, Kate, comes across as a bit of a dullard. She's allegedly an ex-CIA top-line spy and assassin. If she's indicative of the caliber of folks who populate the ranks of America's CIA, then God help us all. And her dim-witted investigation into her husband's behavior was quite childish. Not to mention that her suspicions about her husband were more like a contrivance, as her husband's behavior didn't come across as very suspicious at all. The publicist/marketing activities for this book were clearly an accomplishment far better than the book itself. Makes one wonder about reviewers in Pub. Weekly and about those who deliver 5-starred accolades on Amazon for tripe like this (maybe all submitted via pseudonyms by the publisher?). Save your money. This is an over-hyped piece of dreck.

Fred G.
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Initial post: Apr 23, 2012 10:39:57 AM PDT
I completely agree. I wish I had paid more attention to your review before I bought the book and made myself trudge through it to its most unrealistic conclusion.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012 10:54:05 AM PDT
Thank you for your comment re: my review of The Expats.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 8:59:56 AM PDT
Another reviewer revealed that the author's wife is an exec at Random House. That his book got a Pub Weekly star review exposes the lack of integrity in comtemporary traditional publishing. Greg Bascom, self-published debut author of Lawless Elements, a suspenseful espionage/thriller.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 3:32:35 PM PST
Fanzone says:
Thank God for people with literary standards. I fully support your analysis.

Posted on Apr 9, 2013 1:21:25 PM PDT
scmrak says:
Just because people disagree with you does not make them dullards and shills.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013 2:51:01 PM PDT
To the contrary . . . in the narrow-minded world inhabited by me, and in quite similar worlds occupied by you and everyone else, it does indeed make them what you described.
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