- File Size: 1053 KB
- Print Length: 440 pages
- Publication Date: January 5, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007OANC36
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,625,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Cassandra Conspiracy Kindle Edition
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The story started out in a vein similar to many: reader is exposed to many characters and gets to know them a bit before the next is introduced.
The action moved along at a good clip although this is another story where amateurs are pitted against professionals with somewhat implausible results. (Yes...I know...this IS fiction after all.)
Steve and Janet's level of obliviousness seemed a little far-fetched at times when compared to their antennae otherwise being attuned to evil nuances.
We're dealing with secrets and lies, behind-the-scenes machinations, commercial and political power and merciless international manipulation.
I was impressed with the author's apparent first-hand knowledge of high level security details and appreciated the fact that acronyms were identified in the text with first use...often not the case or sometimes only revealed in an awkward glossary.
While I understand that minutiae played an important part in the story, the overwhelming detail about firearms almost did me in although I could better follow the logic of the math and computer analysis.
My quibbles involved a few typos that should be cleaned up (maize for maze; "Peace nicks" for peaceniks; Breach for breech; keep a close eye pealed; effect for affect and the misspelling of Patek Phillipe).
I do not wish to include a spoiler, but let's just say that the overall rationale was never quite convincing, and I objected to the idea that in the situation outlined, the only solution for "impediments" is murder (plus a bit of eye-rolling at the frustratingly tunnel-visioned law enforcement).
The characters were fine, and I would certainly read the author's follow-up story.
The plot was well designed and should have worked. That it didn't was because the characters didn't. I recommend that the author stick to much shorter pieces where character portrayal is not so necessary. In addition, choosing what technology is worth presenting (this includes modern technology) and what isn't might also help the flow of the book. As I said, nice try - maybe next time.
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