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An interesting New Series
on March 23, 2013
I rate this one four stars. It's good, not really great, but good nonetheless. I like the story, I like the characters, I like the action, I like it. That said, is it just me or am I the only one that is tired of problem-driven characters? From a detective in another novel I read last year with a transplanted heart, to Jevin Banks, renowned escape artist and illusionist, haunted by the death of his children at the hands of his wife, who drove herself into the sea and drowned them and herself, there seems to be a movement afoot in modern fiction that the protagonist of a story needs to be some sort of victim or survivor. Gone are the strong, silent types of yesteryear, today's protagonists all seem to have some sort of traumatic episode at the core of their life. An incident or tragedy that defines their existence and influences their every thought. My only real complaint about this book is that so much of it revolves around Jevin Banks's struggle to find meaning in his life after the great tragedy previously mentioned. Once I know that the character has had a traumatic experience, I am convinced of it. I understand how things can affect you, I don't need to be reminded of it in every other paragraph. There is a pretty good story here, all you have to do is find it.
On another note, having had my Kindle touch for some time now, I am amazed at how accustomed I have become to the device. Not a feverish, maniacal, all consuming fascination, just a very pronounced preference for the small form factor, light weight and ease of handling. I read a paperback book earlier this week and was surprised how clumsy it felt in my hand by comparison. And a hard bound book? Feels like I am lifting a brick. There are other, bigger, fancier readers and tablets out there, but, for me, the Kindle merges the ease of the eBook with a small, easily handled form factor that I find very accommodating when reading for hours on end.