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This book was pretty mediocre. There were some good ones in here - such as "Diplomatic Constraints", "James Penney's New Identity'", "Disfigured" and "Empathy".
However, an equal number of the short stories are bland. And some, such as the "The Tuesday Club" and "The Powder Monkey" were so annoying, I skipped through most of them. And there is NOTHING in here that would keep you up at night.
If you're looking for something in this vein, "The Century's Best Suspense Stories" edited by Jeffery Deaver is MUCH better, even though the audiobook only has 1/2 of the stories as the real book. ("For Reasons Unknown", "The Weekenders" and "Quitter's Inc" from Deaver's collection are great stories and are much more likely to keep you up at night)
This may come down to an issue of taste, but I LOVE short stories and when you've read a good number of fantastic ones, you realize that no one can put together a book where every story thrills every reader. However, having said that, I would be hard pressed to believe that the stories in this book are the best that the editor could find.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
I agree with the other reviews - the stories are too short - I am just getting into the character and remembering who is who - and the story is over. I thought exposure to many different authors would be a great way to pick out the ones I liked - but the stories are even too short for that. Should have trusted the others who reviewed this before me :-)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
despite the rather self indulgent introduction to the collection by the editor this mix of 32 short stories is an excellent way of discovering some new authors for anyone who likes a true to type spy story, violent action piece, psychological thriller or murder mystery, and there's plenty of twisted tales. The briefer introduction to each story set it in context within the writers collection and give you an idea of other titles to try "if you like this..." I didn't enjoy the heavy nasal tones of the female reader (who provides the voice for those contributions by female authors plus 1 or 2 more, and it's a shame that a few more of the authors in the collection aren't available on Audible but all round a good choice for anyone who fancies trying something new.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The best thing about this book was the introductions by James Patterson. Some of the stories were passable but if I had wanted to know more about the spy trade or similar I would have bought that book (lets face it there are plenty). The stories were too short not at all clever and despite the authors amatuerish. Leave this book on the shelf or flick through it and choose something that might appeal to your reading mood. It won't keep you up at night that talent is left to more exciting authors nothing spooky there.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful