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The Main Chance Paperback – Import, 2006
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Colin Forbes is the author of twenty-nine thrillers which are now published into thirty languages. He writes a novel every year.
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This time, Tweed and his team are contacted by Bella Main, the 84-year-old owner of the Main Chance bank. She has been approached by a villainous businessman who wants to buy her bank, so Bella Main wants Tweed to come work for her to protect her. Tweed politely refuses, and before long, Bella Main is murdered. Tweed, Paula and the rest of the team start investigating the Main and Chance families who live in a large mansion in "The Forest". Meanwhile, the villain and his assistant try to kill Tweed and more dead bodies turn up.
While "The Cell" had our protagonists running back and forth between different locations while nothing interesting happened, and "The Vorpal Blade" had such big continutity errors I was wondering if Colin Forbes was getting senile, "The Main Chance" kept the pace up and held my interest throughout. Still, it wasn't very suspenseful and the dialogue was sometimes awkward, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
- The pace of the book flowed quite quickly.
- Not enough fresh was being put into the main characters, especially in terms of their postings and empowerments in the SIS
(Having read some other reviews, I am not sure could this be due to the inadequate knowledge of the author).
- As the plot was supposed to be related to banking, more details should have been given to the industry to educate the readers. Again, this is lacking.
- Change of scene was not being done smoothly, leaving the readers confused.
- Plot was too predictable.
There was a sub-plot that was only revealed at the last few page which i believe was meant to be the final "suspense" (Not very impressive).
I will give it a 2 star as its still readable.