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However, what I liked most about this story is the clever use of a bunch of actors/theatre people involved in rescuing someone and using their actors' smarts and stage tricks in attempts to fool their antagonists. Also, Fostaty delves a bit into the minds of actors and their psychology which I found quite interesting - and he doesn't do it to the point of the dreaded "information dump." No surprise I guess since according to the bio in the back Fostaty has a theatre background himself. He inserts these observations or explanations in all the right places. I hope he writes another novel where actors use their skills against non-actors.
All in all a fun read. I almost missed my subway stops a few times!
This book sat in my "To Read" pile for well over a year before I got around to reading it. I really wish I'd read it sooner. I was blown away with the plot - put me in mind of shows like "The Fall Guy" and "F/X" only with stage actors. To say I enjoyed reading it would be an understatement. I started reading it Saturday evening and finished it at 11:00 pm Monday night. (last night) I just couldn't find enough time.
The writing is very good, especially considering that this is only Gerry Fostaty's second book. (The first was an account of the authors experience at Valcartier during the summer of 1974. - "As you were: The Tragedy at Valcartier." The plot is fast paced and the backdrop of the theater to the story is fascinating. I couldn't get enough of it. Brilliant stuff.
All in all, I have no hesitation recommending this book.
This story is a fun romp. Michae's friends are interesting and believable. There is a good mix of characters with easy to follow dialog. I especially liked Michael's good friend, Nigel. He is a shrewd, attractive and well-developed personality who could probably hold his own in another novel. The story unfolds with tight writing and good pacing, and at the same time is filled with fascinating backstage theatrical information. I learned quite a bit of new information about production and props used in the theater, such as painting the stage floor black at the end of the performance run.
The writing is tight and polished using fun similes such as "...it was rather like trying to avoid a Labrador Retriever when you had a pocketful of cookies." I also liked the infusion of Twitter and geocaching in the story. Of course these young characters are well-versed in social media, so It is totally believable and adds to their credibility.
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