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Such A Good Premise Sadly Fails to Deliver on Promise
on July 6, 2012
Unnecessary details that do nothing to set the scene, develop the characters, or advance the progress make this book a big disappointment to me. I feel thwarted in my desire to like the guy in uniform, especially after he rescues a dog from the battlefield. Score one for making the hero human and raising my expectations. It was downhill from there however and the fact that the dog never really surfaced again in any significant way should be a red flag about the character development.
Choppy scene changes, poor editing and one dimensional characters kept telling me to give up and chalk up Off The Grid as just not being a book for me. Instead I kept plugging on through the pages of unnecessary details, waiting for some that would matter to the story. They never came.
Good premise, but for me the book missed living up to the promise by a wide mile. Even the revelation of the identity of the enemies were a.) not surprising in one case and b.) not really tied in to the story in way that was believable in another. Since I did not believe them or knew them too little, I was left not caring about the characters I had wanted to like, and thus the book failed in any significant sense.