- File Size: 774 KB
- Print Length: 283 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 28, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YKYJFE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,192,535 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marcus's motley crew of air marshals, and other shooters and looters are undoubtedly modeled on real life men and women who serve our country in a variety of roles. His ability put the reader inside these characters and the situations in the novel is where Marcus shines. One aspect of the book that I appreciated was the depth Marcus gives to the "bad guys." Too often antagonist characters are one-dimensional and underestimated while the protagonists easily piece the puzzle together. In Air Marshals, Marcus gives us dedicated antagonists with a well thought out tactical plan that were in many ways successful in conducting their operation.
Air Marshals fits well into Marcus Wynne's universe of books. If you've read Marcus' previous novels give Air Marshals a shot, you'll enjoy it.
Yes, the dialogue at times is beyond ridiculous (high schoolishly crude and obscene) and yes, there's way too much uninteresting weapons/explosives description, and yes, the numerous American characters are surprisingly over-sexed/obsessed (or otherwise non-heroic).
But, they do seem humanly flawed and thus, their all-too-human mistakes make the story reasonably believable, overall.
The biggest flaw in the tale is the author's basically unsuccessful attempt to get inside the heads and conversations and psychology of the terrorists. Relying on what seem to be stereotypes, the "bad guys" are not nearly as realistic or believable as the "good guys." In addition, the administrative/political sub-plot machinations are uninteresting and fail in the end.
What's surprising is how contemporary this pre-9/11 1999-written story is, except for he fact that sky-jackings are passe. But in a real sense this fictional take on scary air travel prior to 9/11 is a pretty good history lesson.
So, on average, it's a 3.4, rounded down to a 3.
It leaves you thinking that you got a behind the scenes look at the life of an air marshal. The fact that this took place before 9/11 lends to more intrigue as far as i am concerned.