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I liked the fact Mr. Perrin brought in a romantic aspect, a burgeoning relationship between Jeremy and Diane which is sweet and a nice foil for the more violent scenes involving the maniac chasing them, Tom Jones. The writing was very clean and concise and the story moved at a very nice pace. There was constantly action or romance, no lulls in this book. I gave this book five stars and would highly recommend it for those who like action packed thrillers. Good job Mr. Perrin!
The main character, Jeremy Reynolds is a completely forgettable nobody who has given up on the American dream and takes a temp job at a lab to pay his rent. Unfortunately for Jeremy, his temp job is in an undercover lab developing super cool technology and they don’t want witnesses. When Jeremy tries to collect his paycheck, he meets a hitman instead and the adventure begins and Jeremy runs for his life, hauling the impossible technology with him.
Perrin does a fabulous job moving the plot, maintaining tension and working in enough humor to keep it light, but engaging. Jeremy Reynolds is a constant surprise both in his resourcefulness and his creativity as he moves from a bungling victim to the hero with the help of his budding love interest. And he does it starting with paragraph one. Well worth the read.
I’ve read Bruce Perrin’s two previous books and would classify them as techno-thrillers. While In the Space of an Atom has an underpinning of technology, the thriller aspect takes precedence here. It’s a fast and fun read, with just enough futuristic science and technology—and romance between the male and female lead—to make it interesting, but not overwhelming. What else? Some great chase scenes and some truly nasty villains, and who doesn’t like those?
When I was well into the book, I found myself thinking that I would have liked a bit more of the technology that provided the backbone for Perrin's other books, but In the Space of an Atom isn't that kind of book. I guess my reaction is an example of how a reader can expect one thing from an author based on earlier books, and when faced with something different, feel disappointed. Once I realized why I was having the reaction I did, I enjoyed the book, accepting it for the light, fast, and exciting read it is.
And this one certainly had good characters. Jeremy was a sort of fun protagonist and the way in which he managed to escape death was kind of funny at times but always great to read. The author has a gift for establishing a scene in the readers mind, and Jeremy was easy to root for. I imagined myself in his situation, in way over my head, and I have to say he did a really good job given his circumstances.
The technology was also really interesting, and it never got too unbelievable through the story. I like it when stories focus on new technologies and show a seedier side to humanity and the issues we face. I was thrilled to have been recommended this book, and I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to whatever the author comes up with next time!
The rest of the book is a thrilling chase combined with a gentle romance. The most appealing part of the story is Jeremy himself, a winning combination of innocent and hero, through whose mind the reader sees all the action unfold.
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