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Uneven story, characters faulter
on September 9, 2011
I've read the entire Cork O'Connor series, and watched as he aged into passive resistance to evil with interest, as well as some disappointment. This latest effort brings him to the end of that road in many ways, which also unexpectedly made him the character with the least depth. Meloux, Cork's mentor, is weakly done as well, and the villain (SPOILER ALERT!!!! STOP READING NOW!!!!), though she could have been far more interesting, was relegated to few developmental pages. It was hard to accept both her quest, and her inevitible demise.
I did truly appreciate Kreuger's respect and exploration of honest, sincere Christians. It was refreshing to read devout characters in a mainstream mystery, and, though their foes were the other side of their Christian coin, still, hat's off and a thank you to Kreuger for his portrayal of Chrstians as something other than cartoon characters. It was, for me, the best part of the novel.
The ending was rushed, I felt, as Krueger spent good amounts of time (certainly not wasted) exploring the good in his protagonists and bringing them to life in ways that brought me in, only to then suddenly spin the wheel and send them all flying in a hurry to their projected place in the ending.
I also found the cheap shot taken at our soldiers serving in Afghanistan surprising and disappointing. It was an unnecessary cheap shot line from a character you are being brought to respect, and seemed thrown in to make some sort of statement. It was out of place, and speaking personally, it was offensive.
For these reasons, while I respect Kreuger for the effort made, I can't recommend the book as much more than "one to read because there isn't anything else handy". Read it to enjoy the many moral discoveries of the "good guys" and their resulting strength of conviction, but you'll have to forgive the hasty end, and missed chances for a richer, deeper mystery.