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The Zoo Job (A Leverage Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 5, 2013
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The reason I can not give this a five star is the authors willingness to create his own words like "pissily", and the over use of the flashback. Typically the TV show would include one or two flashbacks toward the end to show you how it was done, tie up the loose ends and to explain the parts that happened while you were not yet "in the know". Then a flashback reveals the missing parts and you say "oh - that explains it". This book just uses flashbacks randomly. In many cases they do not advance the plot line, it would read better in a straight timeline, and most annoying, they are nested. A flashback, with in a flashback, with in a flashback. At one point I think we went 4 layers down. Now, the author does manage to keep the story line understandable and clear through all of the this time-travel, but in many of the cases where it is used, it just is not needed. I can see putting it in for the key features or events, but just because seems a bit excessive. We have one flashback, that isn't even relevant to the story, does nothing to advance the plot, and is all about a non-storyline character. (For those having read it - the cop chasing the Aveo.)
It is almost as if the author decided to write the book, realized he did not explain something, and rather than go back and add it in, "hey, another flashback". Makes outlining the story faster, but does not really a good use of the technique. After all this is a novel, not a script.
Ok, I vented. Bottom line: Good story, consistent characters, worth reading.
The book plods along while it meticulously describe what every person is wearing and how they walk etc. It took forever to get to the meat of the story and then it sorta just ended. The team seem to went through a lot of stuff that they didn't really need to do. I was left scratching my head at the end of the book.
PROs: The author really captured the Leverage team especially Parker and Hardison. I could actually hear Hardison's voice as I read his lines and found myself speeding up my reading when I read Parker asking question.
CONs: The team was spread out so there wasn't that group dynamic. Hard to put that important circling cam shot where they all are talking in the pages of a book.
As a Leverage fan I was pleased to see that the show lives on. Although I was not overly impressed with this story, I will eventually break down and purchase the others.
This book I just really enjoyed reading, and the jumping around really felt natural since that happened all the time in the TV episodes. It isn't easy to translate a show like Leverage into print. In order to know what is happening, visuals are used a lot. That is harder to do in a printed page. If I'm watching a scene, I know Sophie is the character talking to the dock worker, I can see it, no matter what name she used to introduce herself. In print, this has to be skillfully conveyed so I assume this is what I'm reading, then verified in the next scene. Much more difficult in print. However, I thought the author did a good job of this. This book FELT like a Leverage story/episode.
Now, granted, these books are for the fans. If a person never saw an episode of Leverage, I highly doubt they would but a book of these characters out of the blue one day. That said, there are a LOT of fans of Leverage out there, like me, who miss the show and believe it ended too soon on TV. Having books to read is FUN, especially if the books are done well.Read more ›
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The Zoo Job was an entertaining read for those who still love Leverage. I'm not a big fan of epilogues but this was a good wrap up!Published 3 days ago by M. Garner
I loved the Leverage tv show. It is by far one of my favorite shows and i still watch reruns and I Netflix it all the time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rapscallion
I love leverage and was excited to find the book. Now I cuddle up with Eliot anytime I want to.Published 7 months ago by Wendy Graden
I've been missing the Leverage television show and was delighted to learn that a few novels existed. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa Sigler
I read a ton. This wasn't a great book...but it does use the characters you know from the show and plays with them just like the show. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Calinthalus