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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Paperback – December 4, 2012
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About the Author
Milton Freedgood was a professional publicist for several movie studios before he decided to concentrate on his writing. Under the pesudonym John Godey, he wrote several novels. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three was the most successful. He died at his home in West New York, NJ on April 21, 2006.
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There is so much narrative and so much information about the characters backgrounds and experiences and so much seen in flashbacks that you lose the urgency of the heist itself.
I found myself skipping through sections, skimming for relevant information and did not really enjoy most of the book.
However, that being said, the heist is masterfully planned and executed and the criminals brought to justice which would be expected in 1973 (when the book was released). I did love the characters in spite of the reckless use of expository scenes done in flashback. The end is THE BEST!!
I guess I was expecting more action, more suspense, more...plot? Granted, I've never seen a movie of this book, but they all sounded like action/adventure movies. So I was surprised by the majority of this book being a social commentary of the '70s. And not a kind commentary. While it wasn't flooded with profanity like some books are today, it definitely strayed into the crude too often for my tastes.
The book is set up with constantly switching viewpoints, giving us the scene from the eyes of many different characters. It didn't take too much effort to settle in to this style, and it was actually very interesting to experience the day from all these angles. Back story really only focused on the main hijackers, which was good - any more and it would have been too much.
I'm not sure I would recommend this book to anyone, but I do understand why its a widely-read.
For any crime novel fan, I think this one will definitely entertain you. I read it in a few days and will most likely be reading it again whenever I want a deep, thrill ride. This is my kind of book.
The author uses movie versions of radio call procedures. "Over and out" should never be used. It literally means..."over" indicating it's your turn to talk, while "out" means you have ended the transmission. So you are saying your turn to talk and goodbye at the same time. Over and out should never be used together. A minor annoyance left over from WW II movies.
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The book fills in so much by bringing you into the character's thoughts.
I totally loved it.