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Fifth Avenue Paperback – October 12, 2010
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Kirkus: "...filled with jeopardy and tension. ...readers will find the characters vividly drawn and distinguishable. Overall, the pacing is tight, fast, action driven, and ideal for what readers will anticipate from the genre." --Kirkus
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Top Customer Reviews
I quite enjoyed this read and the myriad plot variations. Yes, some were discernable, predictable, but that is no different than reading any novel or watching any movie and determining beforehand what might happen. An inveterate reader will always look ahead and predict what might happen. That does not detract from the story, nor the ability to keep the reader interested. I have read multiple versions of the Battle of the Alamo. I ALWAYS know what is going to happen, but I read them nonetheless.
The writing was quite well done, very few errors, duplicate words, misused words, or typos. And the length of the book is far beyond most of what have come to accept as a "novel" length piece of fiction.
Well done, Mr. Smith. I commend this effort and look forward to more of your work.
Gordon Ryan, Author
Book would have been a lot better if the author had cut out 1/2 of the characters and ridiculous subplots and spent more time focusing on developing fewer main people.
The scenes where Leana tells off her father? More cliches.
This book was not a "fast paced thriller", it was boring in the extreme and completely predictable. UGH.
Smith creates compelling heroes and villains, but leaves the reader wondering who they should root for in the end. This ambiguity creates tension, and that is what makes this book a page turner. Readers will care about who lives and who dies, which elevates this story above others. Smith is a talented writer, who has written a good book full of compelling characters. I recommend it.
It appears the character that appears in the next book is the assasin, who was not likeable as some can be like Keller in Lawrence Block's books or Jack Reacher, who isn't an assasin but is surely violent, in Lee Child's books.
Anyway I thought the sex was excessive too, and I don't think it needed to be so exageratedly disfunctional to make the story work.
Minor editorial and grammatical errors, but they didn't detract from the story.
Sexual content did not bother me and I didn't find it graphic, and I found it explained or put in context actions that particular character took.
All in all a book I will read again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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