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Weaponized Hardcover – July 30, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
Kyle West is a computer genius on the run in Cambodia. He's on the run from unauthorized surveillance charges, and now he's stuck in a foreign country and hiding. One night, a stranger, who looks a bit like him, offers him a chance to get home. They can switch passports and Kyle can find a way to get home, but there is a lot more to this kind stranger, Julian Robinson, than Kyle knows, and he's just stepped into a whole bunch of trouble. Can Kyle make things right and ever get back home again?
It's got a few nice twists and turns along the way, and it feels like there are plot threads that could lead to a sequel of sorts, which might be nice. The plotting and descriptions are fairly standard for this sort of genre, but it moves along quickly enough to make it a recommend for fans of action thrillers.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Mulholland Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Well, check this out. A character (whose name I won't write, so as not to be a spoiler) who's been horribly stabbed and still has the knife dangling from his gut decides his only escape route is through the window of the room he's in. That room is TWELVE STORIES UP, and out he goes, aiming for a landing on the roof of a car parked below, as somehow that's magically going to cushion his impact, especially if he can manage to land on his feet or his knees. His aim is true, and he lands on his knees, and is merely immobilized, still conscious, and still reacting to his surroundings.
Just like real life, right?
Have you EVER heard of anyone surviving a 12 story fall? Let alone being pretty much good to go afterwards?
This book is rife with such ridiculousness. Car chases that defy the laws of physics and coherent description. Characters doing combat like they're in a cartoon. Incredibly inept phraseology. Here's an example of that, from page 282 of the hard cover edition:
"He looks down, and his hand is seeping through the towel, leaving a trail of crimson blots behind."
In case you couldn't figure that out, the character was holding a bloody rag to a wound in his shoulder. I have NO idea how his hand could "seep through" a towel. There are howlers like that sprinkled pretty liberally throughout the book.
The two writers are first-time novelists, and it shows. One of them has some pretty decent credits as a screenwriter, and I suspect he had a lot of influence here, as the book is structured more like a movie than a novel, with short chapters, movie-like action sequences, and shallow character development.Read more ›
I've been a fan of Nicholas Mennuti's writing for a few years through his short stories. Those I've read remind me of an analogy I've heard of Byzantine art being an attempt to reach the "divine" through the "grotesque" which, resonates deeply with me. I love that his stories have a dark underbelly without being gratuitous about it and his characters are generally brutally, and beautifully, broken.
Weaponized was a bit of a departure from that, though there were moments that felt familiar and recognizably like his voice. This story was definitely more entertainment than art, much more plot/action driven than his short stories I've read, and requires some amount of suspension of disbelief during some of the action sequences but, not more than any Hollywood action flick. And, while I'm really looking forward to him getting back to the kind of writing I love him for, I'd read the sequel of Weaponized in a heart-beat if he decides to write it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hollywood is currently tripping over itself to monetize Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.
Weaponized reads like a second draft screenplay. Read more
WEAPONIZED is terrific! Move over John LeCarre. Nicholas Mennuti and David Guggenheim are taking over!
You can't put this book down.
This is an extremely entertaining and topical summer read. Perfect for the beach or a lazy weekend. You won't be disappointed.Published on August 24, 2013 by MNallin