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A good first novel; better to come.
on September 21, 2013
There have been many plots involving the President of the USA, but this is perhaps a more unusual one. There were two plots going on in this book - a romance and a political mystery - and for me, neither were particularly convincing as they were not give a lot of depth. Although there were parts of the book which were funny and interesting, the two parts felt as though they were separate to each other. I don't want to give a spoiler, because this book is well worth reading and other people obviously have a different opinion to mine. The cover is awesome, btw.
The imagery of the mountains of Wyoming are lovely and worth a mention.
Jenna Elliott, an outdoors woman, stops one night to pick up a man clad in wet pyjamas who states that he is going to be killed. Recognising him, she stows him under the sacks of feed in her truck and whisks him to temporary shelter.Jenna is quite a likeable character, but has the "I can look after myself" tough attitude so prevalent in modern heroines. I found myself wanting to slap her for her selfishness at one stage about 3/4 into the story when Ken is trying to save her hide and those of the old couple she is staying with. The hero is quite likeable, but not entirely believable as the President of the USA. His attitude to being surrounded by enemies is very laid back and not what I would have expected.
There were times when the plot was fast-paced and exciting, others when it slowed down a little too much. There needs to be peaks and troughs, but the troughs tended to lack the detail which would have explained more of what was going on. Some of the mystery became a little confusing - a bloodied rag, e.g. - and a few of what should, IMO, have been creepy lead-ups to mayhem were written minimally so lost some of their fear factor - e.g. a crook who, in one short paragraph, is conveniently murdered by a moose.
All in all, this author is one to watch.