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Don't get me wrong, on its own, this would be a decent, if forgettable, novel. Unfortunately, this novel is possibly a conclusion to two separate story lines by these same authors. As such, this novel had a lot to live up to, and seemed to fall short of what I've come to expect. The novel feels unfinished, as if several chapters were left on the editing room floor.
The following will spoil some parts of the book, so read at your own risk...
Works by Preston & Childs often have an emotional man vs self theme woven throughout the novel, nicely paralleling the main plotline and dovetailing with it nicely to affect the climax of the book.
For the first 3/4 of the book, this seems to be set up to occur. Gideon struggles to cope with the death of his lover, Sam arrives to challenge Eli's decisions, and Eli himself acts irrationally, hinting at a buried motivation or possible infection. None of the things affect the ending of the book, and it makes the entire novel feel unfinished.
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Butts out boring. Void of creativity; a conglomeration of everything that's been done to death. There was a time I waited for Preston/Child's new books for some easy reading entertainment. Then I found myself waiting hopefully to see if they could recapture the magic. Even the writing in this one seems hurried and amateurish. Zero character development or growth from the original book. A note from the authors follows the ending...saying this was requested by readers of The Ice Limit, the pair stated they hoped those readers found this follow-up book enjoyable. Not I; and I can't recommend this floppy continuation of what was a much better book -- written when the duo seemed truly interested in writing for their audience instead of a pay-check.
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