Pitfall Kindle Edition
|Length: 332 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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The action starts in Pitfall in the very first paragraph on the first page, and never lets up. There is a tiny bit of a lull about a third of the way into the book when John Brenner is scouting out GenSys and the surrounding areas. However, it isn't dull enough or long enough to lift the tension or distract you from reading, and when the hero takes out a couple of bad guys picking on a poor girl, it more than makes up for it.
What I also liked about this book is that not being really familiar with a lot of military gadgets and weaponry, I was still able to clearly follow the action and understand what was being used and when and why.
What is unusual about Pitfall is that at the midway point in the book when most novels start to get the mid-novel slumps, that is when the action really picks and it never lets up. Even the ending calls more more action and offers a hint of a promise of romance as well. There had better be a sequel or I am going to be very disappointed. After all, justice must be served.
The main issue I find that undermines this book is the choice of a first person narration. In theory, the idea of a wisecracking action hero is very seductive, but it doesn't work in PITFALL because it clashes with the tone of the story. John Brenner takes on very serious threats with an absurd about of confidence that makes you feel like he's never really in danger. He drifts through the events wisecracking around like he's got it covered already and I thought it was extremely irritating. John Rambo doesn't wisecrack (at least not intentionally). Neither does Batman. Jack Reacher even takes his own adventures seriously despite suffering from confidence issues. John Brenner just sounds like that guy at the bar making up stories about how crazy his life used to be.
PITFALL could've been a great comic book-like nove. It has a conceptually interesting bad guy named Boneless who could've been a fun antagonist, but the overall quality of the support cast's dialogue is just not there to make any confrontation gripping. For example, Brenner is haunted my the memory of his wife throughout the novel and in one scene she tells him: 'Why, John? Why weren't you there when we needed you the most?' If it's not a telegraphed line, I don't know what is. PITFALL is full of melodramatic lines like this.
I don't think PITFALL is a novel that shouldn't exist. It didn't insult my intelligence and I think there is definitely an audience out there for it, but my best guess would be that it's a beach read for casual readers. Manic-obsessive readers like me have seen novels like PITFALL too many times and the energy and extravagance with which Cameron Bane brings his characters and plot along will come off as irritating.
The story is lively, and puts P. I. John Brenner in some sticky and dangerous predicaments as he is searching for a missing girl. The author made the book flow in an easy to read style and I kept hoping he finds who he was looking for before she disappears forever.
My only disappointment in the book was that some of the bad guys did get away...which gives me hope that Cameron Bane will have the private investigator looking for them in another book!!
Recommended for readers of suspense who don't mind a dose of blood and gore along with the high action.
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