- File Size: 2147 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500941409
- Publisher: Max Power Books; 1 edition (August 22, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MZGSY3M
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A powerfully written and very uniquely told revenge story. We’re inside the head of a man who is bitter and twisted up with anger, determined to find revenge against an injustice done to him that has brought him a lifetime of suffering. The character is well-enough written that it’s impossible not to feel a welter of emotions for him from hatred, to empathy, to sadness, to frustration, and much more. I wanted to scream at him at times. Though billed as an action-thriller, to me this was more of a compelling character study with political and social ramifications. But, I suppose, the reader will decide for themselves what their favorite dimension of the story is.
For me, another big standout of the story was the unfolding relationship between Larry and his intended victim, Lara. That one took me by surprise.
It gets off to a slow start, and I was initially unsure about the book, but the pace picks up and it is worth the read. It is about Larry Flynn, a bitter old man and his quest for vengeance. The character is so well drawn that you find yourself wanting to give him a shake; you can almost see him sitting there. Kudos to Max Power for such a realistic portrayal.
The writing really is what keeps you going and draws you along so that the slow start becomes unimportant. Definitely a memorable, recommended read.
I especially like Max Power’s brilliant depiction of his characters. He introduces Larry Flynn as an old dying man full of spite. Larry can hardly breathe properly, but his desire of revenge seems to keep him alive. So does lust to a degree, although his body is frail and impotent. His seemingly unrealistic dream of revenge suddenly comes true and gets out of hand. This is the part of the plot that I find universally appealing -- we often fantasize about something just to realize that it’s not what we truly want when our dreams suddenly come true thanks to plain good luck.
Max Power does a great job in helping us to see things from Larry Flynn’s point of view. Just as Larry Flynn, I was genuinely sorry for another character, a rapist who appeared to be a good man. I won’t spoil the plot by revealing his name. I just really liked this character, just as Larry Flynn did. He seemed to be a brave and passionate man who just lost his control for a few minutes while being alone with a woman he was in love with. Not all characters in the book showed the same degree of understanding for this young man’s mistake, the women involved looked at it the way most women would, but I somehow felt compelled to see things from Larry Flynn’s perspective, which was very unique and fascinating.
To a degree I could even feel with Larry Flynn when he was plotting with gangsters against an innocent girl -- so forcibly the author drew me into his main character’s mind. There is something irresistibly charming about being present in a dark character’s thinking process. Yet I was pleasantly surprised when Larry Flynn turned out to be a better person than he had appeared to be initially. It felt almost as my own awakening from a bad dream -- so close I felt to Larry when reading this book.
Max Power’s Larry Flynn is full of diverse characters, all portrayed extremely well. Other readers may identify themselves more with other characters, for example with gentle Laura, the main female protagonist. Another interesting character is Tom. Max Power is the true master in the art of mind hopping and I personally was most drawn to Larry Flynn.
The plot itself is quite interesting, too. It’s a great thriller about politics, history and crime. In this review I just decided to focus on the things that I personally like about Max Power’s books. Many of his characters are quite violent and troubled, but the author’s merciful presentation reveals their vulnerability at the same time -- making such people almost likable in many cases without blurring the line between good and evil too much.