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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511794828
- Publication Date: November 16, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004CLYO8W
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From that point on the story is one event after the other; physical and mental tasks that just don't end. There are too many ordeals, too many death defying escapes and experiences. There are near drownings, spelunking experiences, wilderness adventures, killings, recaptures and recalls of childhood traumas. So many that you lose track of the original story and you just become tired of the multitude of improbable events
However, the epilogue made it clear. This book was an earlier work, written under a pseudonym of Brian Harper. That provided an insight into the stark difference in writing styles between this book and other works of Mr. Prescott. I am relieved.
Trish Robinson, a newly appointed police officer in the small town of Santa Barbara is on her first patrol with Pete Wald, her training officer. They receive a call about a prowler in the yard of a local, prominent and very wealthy, family. They answer the call and the non-stop action begins and continues to the very end with Trish involved in endless life-threatening situations.
With respect to the mechanics of presentation, suffice it to say, that Prescott/Harper has so intricately woven all of the features together that further description can only interfere with the reader's enjoyment. Additionally, he has characterized Trish and her involvement so adroitly, that even when some of her feats stretch credibility, your reader will not take time to analyze them - a feat not often accomplished by an author.
I recommend the book highly as a fun read, unless you find violence against women, even in murder mysteries, too abhorrent. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
I was surprised I liked this story so much, when the leading character was not a rugged action character (like Bruce, Sly, or Arnold), but instead, a small young female. But Trish is one tough cookie, yes indeed. This would make a great movie, and I figure they could even adapt it to fit into the "Die Hard" franchise by getting Mary Elizabeth Winstead to reprise her role as John McClane's daughter (from Live Free or Die Hard [Blu-ray ]), and base the movie on her, instead of her famous father. The book features some really "bad" bad guys (and one girl). Every time they think they have killed Trish or have her trapped she survives and keeps coming back. Determination must be her middle name. This was my first book by Michael Prescott, but it will not be the last. I think I will get Stealing Faces next, as that book looks up my alley as well.
I see that other reviewers weren't too crazy about it because of so many difficult situations that Trish had to get out of. Could someone have done this in real life? I highly doubt it but that is why I read. It takes me away from "real" life. It is an escape. Kind of like the "Die Hard" series with Bruce Willis. Seriously, no one could get out of so many bad situations, etc. People like it because of the action.
I will be reading everything that Michael Prescott writes. I love the way he writes & I like knowing what the bad guys are thinking or doing. The characters are realistic & portrayed the way you would think they would act or think in real life.
Prescott has a unique writing style - one thing he does is write about a short period of time - generally a 24-hour period. This book is no exception. It is raw, and real - and goes into some detail on subjects that may be uncomfortable, but to my way of thinking it was not over the top.
I am a fan of Prescott's and have bought several of his books for my Kindle - I like his style and subject matter. I know he is not everyone's cup of tea, but he is definitely mine - perhaps with some whiskey thrown in!
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The plot and the suspense that Prescott built up as the story developed kept me hooked right until the last moment - I could not put the book down, not even to get food! There were so many twists and turns throughout the story, many of which I never saw coming. Others had me believing that there really was no possible escape for Trish and certainly no happy ending for the family. You could say that some of the solutions she came up with stretched credibility a little but they did not detract in any way from my enjoyment of the book.
The pace of the story is relentless and you don't get a chance to stop and take in what has happened before another situation arises.
Having said that you might think that the book was all action, action, action with no room for character development. That wasn't the case. Prescott brought Trish to life by giving us an insight into both her thoughts and the past events that shaped her life until that point in time.
The book was originally written in 1997 and the author mentions in the epilogue that some of the technology might seem a little dated. To be honest, I was so engrossed in the story that it never occurred to me that it might have been written 14 years ago and it made no difference whatsoever to the plot.
I was gripped right from the start of the book until I reached the final paragraph - what more can you ask for from a thriller? If you like an intense book that makes your heart race then this one is definitely worth trying out.
He maintains the level of tension pretty much throughout the book which is a high standard of writing. However, I found myself getting a bit bored after a while. This whole 'stuck in a pressure cooker' situation is fairly standard fare and has been done many times in the past. At one point I thought it must be coming to a head and then realised that I was only 40% through the book. So, the hight octane ride continued but it lost me a bit from this point as it started to become a bit repetitive.
The characters were generally well described but the 'baddies' kind of morphed into one unpleasant person and were not that individually different.
The book lacked originality and although the plot and action was very well handled it just went on too long for me.
Excellent book and I would highly recommend it.
Looks like the vicious well-armed gang who have taken charge of the house and its occupants are free to do as they want, but ....
This is another first rate suspense thriller from Michael Prescott, maybe even better than 'Stealing Faces.' The book grips from the start as what seems to be a simple robbery turns out to be much more complex.
If you like Lee Child's 'Reacher' books then you'll love this. It is unputdownable!