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A Lot of Technical Jargon and Less Action
on September 7, 2014
I really liked James' previous book in the series, "The Knight", but I really had a difficult time finishing this one. It was quite long and wordy (over 500 pages) with a lot of the author's diatribe about social and ethical issues relating to abortion, genetics, and stem cell research thrown in. It was much more obvious in this one that James was using his novel as a platform to share his views on these issues. Some of which I agree with and some I don't. But, the biggest difference in this story is that there seemed to me far less suspense than in previous stories. A lot of dialog and less action. Much was focused on the behind-the-scenes investigative action (criminal profiling, steps/processes, criminal psychology, etc.) and less about what was actually going on in the story. And, most of it was quite technical and heavy for the average layman to understand, let alone enjoy. So, while this was a decent story, I was severely disappointed with this one compared to James' other works. Nevertheless, it left the reader with a bit of a cliffhanger to carry over to the next book in the Bowers series.