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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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The set up is Oceans 11 to an extent. There's the planner, the pilot, the gadget guy, etc etc, but it doesn't feel derivative. The characters are lightly drawn, but the pace moves along at such a lick that you barely notice.
The plan is revealed early on, and there's a couple of clever obstacles planted along the way to keep the pages turning. Very easy to suspend disbelief and let the story take you on a fun ride.
Something that makes this book a bit different is how the author creatively tells the story from both sides of the heist. I found myself alternately pulling for the thieves and for those protecting the money. As I was reading, I became concerned that the ending might leave me disappointed, only because I felt there were two competing teams of protagonists. However, I was very satisfied with the ending and look forward to the possible sequel.
The two teams, one trying to steal the money, and the other trying to prevent it, are made up of intelligent characters that make believable choices and decisions - at no time was I left thinking that the course of the action had hinged on someone doing something stupid. Instead it is a battle of intelligence and misdirection, with very little left to luck.
The techniques used for the heist are believable and are grounded in the real world. Similarly, the reactions to the heist reflect the planning and training that security forces do in order to counter this type of threat.
I enjoyed the story immensely, and hope that Lovejoy brings these characters back in other stories.
It's well written, fast paced and essentially believable. That's important as suspension of disbelief only goes so far. The characters have lives and, though they're only in this one book together for a short time, they are lives you get to care about.
I don't have as much time to read as I'd like to, but I polished this off in two sittings. I stopped because apparently I have to do some work, otherwise I'd have gone all the way through.
Very impressed, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
A good plot of a great heist, Mr. Lovejoy captured the "good character" traits needed to make you love his heroes...even though they're a bunch of thieves. However, I found the British English distracting. The story takes place in America (Texas to be precise), and the reader clearly is led to believe all of the characters are American, yet Briticisms and British speaking style were clearly the norm. Curious. Anyway... I'd read his promised "Two Billion Dollar Heist" if he decides to publish it.
I have to admit to knowing the author BUT I am not influenced by that in my solid recommendation of this book as a gripping read!
If it were not I would definitely be saying so, and yes, I did buy my own copy of the e-book :)
I am looking forward to Ben's next book and, hopefully, many more after!