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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book. A good plot, July 10, 2014
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A good book. A good plot. But, as I have stated in a previous review of a Brad Thor novel, he could be so much better. He needs an editor that takes him over the hump rather than simply helps him count his money. I like the research, I like the politics, and I'm sure I would like Brad Thor the person, and while the characters are better this time around, he still occasionally uses a cliche or throws in long expositions that simply aren't necessary. I want Brad Thor to get better and so I am possibly too critical of his work, but his protagonist lacks edge, his writing can be pedestrian, and he doesn't seem to stretch himself artistically. So, why still give this effort four stars. It's a good summer read. He says things that only Vince Flynn would have said. You can learn by reading his work because he obviously does his research. But, I badly want to see a five-star effort.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2014 7:16:08 AM PDT
Jesse says:
Agree with everything you said.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 8:20:28 PM PDT
Good review. Not sure what you meant by the Vince Flynn reference. I find Flynn to be cliched and dumbed down for the average reader.

Check out Tom Wood, Andrew Britton, Alex Berenson and Dalton Fury. I think that's what you're looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2014 7:56:20 PM PDT
Robert says:
Never heard of any of these authors! Wish you'd recommend what's best from all those authors. Sure agree w/u on Flynn being dumbed down. Michael Gruber - start w/Tropic of Night, then you'll want to read everything else he's ever written! Writes for readers who know things, have been around.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2014 8:08:54 PM PDT
It's best if you start with their first book. I probably couldn't pick one that I liked the best anyway, as I enjoyed them all. However I was not pleased with Berenson's latest effort.

Thanks for the tip on Gruber!

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 9:06:25 PM PST
Jas B says:
"You can learn by reading his work because he obviously does his research." #### POSSIBLE SPOILER #### Except when Cheng kills the Chinese politician for blackmailing his wife. He used dry ice to kill him by carbon monoxide but then opens the valves on the stove and snuffs the flames so it will seem like the gas came from there. Pretty sloppy "research" if he wants us to think carbon monoxide is the flammable gas used for stoves.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2015 7:22:19 AM PDT
P. Wilson says:
Agree Gruber is an absorbing & interesting read
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