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By Brad B. on 05-18-13
The pacifist’s action thriller….
I had high hopes for this one but it fell short. It builds and builds but never seems to hit its stride. Briefly, the protagonist has left his past as an assassin behind in the hopes he can live a peaceful life as a husband and father. As you may guess, it doesn't work out. His past comes back to haunt him and he's thrown into one last mission to save an old friend. Yes, its cliche. That's not my gripe. I was counting on the venerable old thriller formula to kill some time and lots of bad guys. It only did the former. The protagonist spends all of his time running and narrowly escaping the net set out before him. Every time opposing forces got close and I thought "okay finally, I've sat through back story, side plots, and building tension; here comes the pay off"... nothing happened. He evaded, or he confronted the enemy with his trade mark catch phrase "I don't want to hurt anyone". Indeed, he did the least aggressive thing possible every time. Its fine, unless you bought the book expecting a "one man army" action packed thriller and instead got a watered-down impotent kindergarten version of the same.
The only thing that kept me going was Simon Vance. I own every Bond novel he has read, and he again delivers an awesome performance. Still despite excellent narration, I couldn't give it anymore stars.
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By Dennis on 03-21-13
Never got off the ground
I have really enjoyed Deon Meyer's previous stories, and am surprised I have to ding this one. I never really got the plot line in this story, the main character one I liked, just did not do things a person with his background would have done, I never got the whole motive of the story. Even the ending left me flat, and I wanted to like this book, it just did not happen. The storyline was weak, the events were not believable, and the story was just hard to follow, there was to much attempt by the author to build excitement by throwing twist and turns into the plot to the point were nothing seemed to be built on any foundation and the main character was just out there driving around and getting nowhere and for no reason.
Hope the next Meyer story is back to form, I would recommend you skip this one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful