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A tech-head? This is for you.
on May 20, 2012
If you like books that are slow to get started, long on technical explanations and short on character development, this book is for you.
You know how some books drop you right in the middle of the action? Well this isn't one of them. When I was well into Perigee, I wrote this note: "At the 10 percent mark, I haven't yet been able to discern any semblance of a plot -- just introductions to various characters. A very slow start. Hope the pace picks up soon."
Also, the author often writes as if this is a technical manual rather than an action-thriller. There's a pronounced emphasis on procedures, checklists and operating details. Now if you love that sort of thing, you're going to be really excited, but I found it tedious and started skipping whole passages.
Finally, this book would have been far more interesting if there had been more emphasis on character development. The characters were flat and, frankly, almost undistinguishable from each other. The good guys were all highly skilled, professional, driven and witty. The bad guys were the same, except they weren't witty. Since they were nearly identical, it was hard to keep them straight or care about them as individuals.
I'm taking away one star for how tedious and slow the action was and one star for the lack of character development.