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I met this author several years ago when I did a story on him for a magazine I edited. Nice guy, good writer and fellow Gator alum. So I want to give him four or five stars every time I read one of his books. The best I could do on this one was three stars because, quite frankly, it was a little hard to follow. The good guys and the bad guys kept trading places and some of it seems like it was made up on the fly. But Grippando did something right because I kept on listening and I kept on being interested. The ending was a bit abrupt but not disappointing. What can I say? A three-star effort and listen.
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It's going to be simple and obvious right? Grab some Bernie Madoff headlines, throw in a square jawed hero and pretty woman in danger straight from central casting, blend, sell some books and then make a bunch money off the movie rights . . . but that's not what this book is.
The characterizations are a little deeper, the resolutions less formula than I expected. The biggest surprise, initially good, was the plot. It takes awhile to get rolling but it was much more intricate than I expected. The author also went to great lengths to make sure all the details were taken care of: no loose ends. When way too many books are slap dash with their plotting, this was refreshing. So far, so good . . .
. . . but the intricacy of the plot goes from being a pleasant surprise to being way too much of a good thing. When yet another player with yet another set of motives adds yet another layer of complexity you may find yourself wishing the book would just end. This is the only time I've ever read a book and thought "boy, I wish the author had spent a little less time on the plot."
-- If you are looking for a the financial equivalent of a techno thriller, where you get deep insights into international finances and scams, this isn't for you. That kind of stuff is just not here.
-- If you are looking for a fast and simple summer read, again it's not for you.
-- If you like your detective/action stories a little more complex than most with characterizations deeper than usual for the genre, you may like this a lot.
It would be interesting to look at Grippando's other books, since he shows a lot of talent and work in crafting this book. The same skills, with a more streamlined plot, might produce quite the adventure novel but unfortunately, for me anyway, this book wasn't that book.
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