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The Watchman (A Marc Portman Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“Magson handles the action scenes with panache, in this enjoyably straightforward yarn” ― Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00IYQLRMC
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2014)
- Publication date : May 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1252 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 281 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,381 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Watchman is only suppose to be just a shadow protector for two British agents negotiating for some UN kidnapped workers. But the agents walked into a bigger plot and became hostages themselves..
So here you have a guy who has no other support but himself to try to do his job and keep the two agents safe, against pirates and extremists. A few good souls happen to be around to lend him a hand here and there. But the nail biting is non stop.
I wonder if his other character is as interesting. Must try another book by Adrian.
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst its easy to read and features both solid action and a plot that is both plausible and reasonably intelligent, its also incredibly bland. From its one-dimensional and bland lead character, Marc Portman, who proves that there's a fine line between being enigmatic and being uninteresting, to a supporting cast who are afforded almost no character development or clear personalities, nothing in The Watchman is given any depth or complexity. The plot remains resolutely linear and includes no twists or surprises. There's very little genuine jeopardy, with Portman striding through events with apparent ease and imperviousness, the bad-guys remain walking terrorist cliches about whom we know or care little, you're given no feel for the east African locations, and the whole things is wrapped up with a finale that is so low key and abrupt that it feels like the author simply lost interest.
So bravo to Adrian Magson for trying to create an action-thriller that isn't entirely implausible and doesn't insult the readers intelligence. However, maybe next in the next Marc Portman adventure he might find a way to insert some genuine excitement, atmosphere and character development amongst the gunfire and espionage. Not that The Watchman really demands you read the next Portman thriller.
I really like Adrian Magson’s books, they tend to be a little short (circa 250 pages) but they pack in a lot of action, pace and characterisation. Great author, great thrillers.