- File Size: 2189 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 11, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BPLCJ7Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Code Name: Camelot - An Action Thriller Novel (A Noah Wolf Novel, Thriller, Action, Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Facing execution after a mission goes horribly wrong, soldier Noah Wolf is tapped to join a super-secret assassination squad. What makes him special is that Noah suffers from a severe case of PTSD which leaves him emotionless. Like The Terminator, he does not feel pity, remorse, or fear. He will not question orders, struggle with self-doubt, or hesitate to pull the trigger on whoever he is sent to eliminate. In short, he is the perfect killer. Much like Jeff Lindsay's Dexter Morgan, Noah has studied human behavior well enough to fake his way through most social situations, and is given a support team with whom he must learn how to work and bond. The best parts of the book take place here, as the two men and one woman assigned to Noah try to come to grips with having a leader who's more like a machine than a man.
Being that this is the first entry in a series, it is inevitable that problems exist. While the idea of a robot-like hero was intriguing enough to draw me in, the novelty quickly wore off once I realized that he had no more facets of his personality left to reveal. He is largely reduced to a toy action-figure, being moved from place to place and doing what the plot requires of him. The three members of his team fare a bit better; being fully human, they are given enough depth of character to be interesting but not so much that the main story line gets bogged down by tedious backstories.
The author gets a bit heavy-handed with Noah's myth-making; we are told several times (and reminded, and reminded again) that Noah is a unique individual who is destined for great things, that he displays a proficiency for lateral thinking never before seen, that no other team has ever been entrusted with a mission this important right out of the gate, and so on. I got it the first time, there's no need to bash me over the head. The dialogue is often forced and unnatural; a lot of times it felt as if the men and women were mere talking heads, saying only what needed to be said to move the story along. The author should pay more attention to how real people talk and let each individual's personality come through in their unique choice of words, speech patterns, etc., rather than making them sound as if they're reading from a script. And if you have an aversion to repetitive phrases like I do, your patience will be put to the test, because grinning seems to be the number one activity among all the characters. The book is overflowing with "Noah grinned," "Allison grinned," "Sarah grinned," "Neil grinned," "he said with a grin," "she said, grinning," ad infinitum. No one seemed capable of saying something without also flashing their pearly whites, and by the book's end, my jaw was aching. A good editor should have eliminated such overused descriptions to keep readers from getting distracted.
The book's biggest sin, however, is that despite being marketed as a thriller, there is surprisingly little suspense or excitement to be found. The team is sent to assassinate a Mexican cartel boss who is supposedly very difficult to get to, and his right-hand man is touted as one of the most dangerous men in the country. Noah must go undercover to accomplish his objective, running the risk of being exposed and savagely killed. With the promise of torture and shootouts in the air, it sounds like the perfect recipe for some nail-biting scenes of tension, right? And so the team puts their plan into motion and...it goes off without a hitch. There are no fisticuffs with low-level goons, no wild car chases over dusty roads, not a single shot fired. The boss never raises his voice in anger even once and the menacing second-in-command does little more than push some buttons on his phone. It's like bringing Sauron and Voldemort onstage and then dropping a piano on their heads before they have the chance to utter a single threat. After spending three-fourths of the book building up to the moment of truth for Noah's team, it was a major letdown to not be able to see any of them in action. Some readers may also take issue with Noah's repeated bedding of a hooker while incognito, despite his knowledge that she can't be "a day over fifteen." Yikes.
It may sound as if I didn't care for "Code Name: Camelot" but I still give it three stars because the series does have potential. Noah and his team have an interesting enough group dynamic and I would like to know more about each character's history. I just hope the author remembers to include some real thrills in his next story and eases up on all the smiling.
I think a different ghost writer could turn the story into something much better
This book clearly does not live up to the cover.
Code Name Camelot is about an extraordinarily strange, yet gifted young man who has no emotions due to a childhood crisis. "Noah Wolf" encounters several unfortunate situations which result in his being recruited by an assassin's network of highly trained agents. There is lots of excitement, adventure, and drama when several of these individuals embark upon their very first mission as a team. So...if enjoy clean, well-written action books, you will definitely enjoy this one! Excellent job David Archer!