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So why 4 stars? First, there are only a couple of 2-dimensional women in the book. Maybe this is why Mayer has written other books with Jennifer Crusie. He does terrific action; she does terrific dialog and knows women. This is only a tiny criticism.
The next issue is a real distraction: this book is horribly, abysmally edited. Verbs are left out of sentences; other sentences run on; "it's" is used for "its" in several places. Aaargh! That makes me crazy! Bob, just send me the manuscript, will you? I'll edit it for free!
So is it worth the price? Sure! Just edit in your head as you read.
Little suspense since you know the outcome of any confrontation. I found myself skipping over the chapters centered on Lake but actually gave up when he placed the 1989 bay area earthquake in 1994.
This came as a kindle free download so all I lost was about an hour of time.
There are a number of trains of plot here, and each one was incredibly well though-out and presented to the readers. As the individual trains roll down their separate tracks, you can see that they will come together, but Bob Mayer doesn't make it that easy.
In the end, the author turns a number of things around so thoroughly, that you truly don't see it coming.
This one will keep you reading until it's over!
This is the usual sort of thriller novel beginning with a horrific threat to world that can only be stopped by extraordinary efforts by the dashing hero. The basic premise here is that the Japanese had managed to build an atom bomb before the end of WWII but had been unable to use it before they were defeated. They had though, managed to conceal their achievement and to hide the prototype. Fifty years later various groups who had either known all along or had recently discovered that such a device existed were searching for it, each with their own agenda. In typical thriller style there were long hidden secrets and death defying races to save the world from destruction.
The idea of the Japanese developing a nuclear device is not so farfetched. They and the Germans had been working on problem, that the Americans were the first to develop a functional bomb was a matter of luck. The concept was fine but there are quite a few problems with the execution. While a willingness to believe in secret societies with dark agendas is necessary to enjoy this type of story it seems to be a bit coincidental that so many of these groups manage to converge on the missing device at the same time, fifty years later. We are also supposed to believe that the device and the equipment with it have managed to escape detection in a rather public place and still remain functional after all of this time - I don't think that even cutting edge WWII technology would be quite up to that challenge. There are also far more than the usual amounts of coincidental long lost loves, chance connections with those who just happen to have needed information/expertise/equipment at just the right time and of course the hero and the requisite beautiful woman will feel an attraction they must act upon regardless of how pressed for time they are.
All in all this is an ok, if rather cliched, thriller novel. It's an enjoyable way to spend a few hours but it is by no means the best the genre has to offer.