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The Hollow Man Paperback – June 27, 2013
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This adrenaline-filled thriller is complete with nail-biting suspense, action, adventure, humor, and a slight touch of romance.
The Hollow Man is Doc, an American analyst on assignment to track a terrorist named Chaban. With help from his MI6 friend, the beautiful Zita, they travel from Madrid to Paris across beautiful countryside, villages, and evade thugs along the way. When they learn the extent of Chaban's next target they must act fast or face a catastrophe threatening to destroy Europe's economy.
This book will keep you glued to the pages. It's complete with tongue-in-cheek action and humor.
I'd like to have given it 3 1/2 stars, however, because the characterization is a bit shallow, especially with his partner and lover, Zita, who is a little cliched. Also, transitions are bumpy and sometimes missing so, as a reader, I struggled at times to understand what was happening. This is especially true in his dream sequences and with the voices in his head.
If you love action/mystery and are less discerning, this book will do it for you. I know this is his first book in the series and I hope he has grown as a writer and the rest of the books in the series are better.
The Hollow Man was well written and the pace and plot spaced nicely - fast.
I noticed a couple of reviewers mention the description of the scenes and the dream/ghost girl (these were two elements that stood out to me too).
I thought a few of the scenes were laboured a little, sounding at times like a travel log (slowing the pace for me) and less as an operative would view them. I think an operative would see all those things mentioned and make the observations, but from a slightly different perspective maybe - danger, hiding places, escape routes etc. So, that lost a half star because even if Doc was not 'tested' in the field he'd still be applying this training when observing. In fact, I would think Doc would be trying harder to apply his training because it would still be a little 'unnatural' for him. A quarter star was deducted because of how the dialogue was written when translations were necessary - just a little awkward for me but interesting technique worth following through. And, I've never done this before, the final quarter star off for the blurb saying that Doc wasn't talented etc...I'm not sure if that was the case 'Doc' would have been in that situation, and I certainly found Doc to be efficient and calculating.
As for the ghost girl, this was an interesting insight into Doc's mind. And, I also began to rely on how others responded to him to form a better image of who he was. I thought this was done so very well. Great work from Paul Hollis here especially.
When a terrorist’s experiment kills the prime minister of Spain, a young field analyst from the US is sent on a dangerous chase through Europe to catch the assassin. Disowned by his government and haunted by his inner demons, his one ally is his lover, who is also an MI6 agent.
Fans of le Carré, Zizek and Baldacci will enjoy ‘The Hollow Man,’ the first in Hollis’s new series. Other reviewers here have mentioned that they’d like to see this as a movie, and I feel the same way––this would be great on the big screen!
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