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Did something get lost during the translation from Swedish to English? I don't know, but you can tell there is a really good story here. It's just that large parts of the writing really let it down, at least in this English-language version.
Certainly the overly 'voice-over' narration didn't help. I made it through to the end of this first book in the trilogy, but it was hard going in places. Hard enough that I'm not tempted to come back for more.
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Not everything coming from the Nordic crime writers can be good and this book proves it. As I said in the title I was sorry I bought it. It goes under the mystery and crime header but could just as easily be science fiction. The plot is just ridiculous, and falls back on the stock villain, the mad scientist, having first tried the current favourite bogeyman, the Islamic terrorist. I am pretty sure this was first self published as a Kindle book although it now shows as available in paperback, but everything about it suggests self published.
This is a smashing listen, well translated and read by Alex Warner, a story that twists and turns and keeps you thinking.
Watch out though because some of this authors books are not translated.