By Harlan Coben
I’d say this is a mediocre attempt of Coben.
The plot is not as gripping as his first book.
Myron Bolitar, shown in a sad/dark light, is a sports agent. He receives an unexpected call from his ex-girlfriend (Teresa Collins) from Paris and on reaching he finds himself involved in solving the murder mystery of Collin’s ex-husband and spots a blond girl who resembles Collin’s daughter (who apparently had died in a car accident earlier). Myron and Win start investigating and undergo a series of torture revolving around the implausible plot.
Myron’s bright character seems to have dipped strikingly in this one.
At places the plot seems interesting, only to dip again. Quirky dialogues and decent amount of action make it a one-time read.
By Catherine Coulter
Alright…this one seems like a mixed bag. At some points the story grips you like never before and at some points it dips to the depths of an unknown shoddy valley.
The way the characters developed in the earlier series was intriguing – but now they just seem stuck.
The story begins with FBI Agent Dillon Savich stopping a bank robbery and ends up killing the leader of the gang. The daughter (of the leader) then vows to seek revenge and goes on a killing rampage.
Dillon gets a telepathic message from a seven year old girl, Autumn who thinks of Dillon as a hero. Autumn desperately wishes to save her mom and herself from her father’s relatives who wish to make use of her “super talents” to augment their power and their paranormal cult.
There is a bit of excitement, drama, action and suspense with a tinge of humor, but delivered in potions that keep running out soon. Both the plots are managed well but lack of chemistry and characterization make it weak.
It is gripping enough to keep you hooked but Coulter could’ve done a better job.
By James Patterson
A thriller by James Patterson featuring the forensic detective Alex Cross.
The plot revolves around the cold-blooded murder of Ellie Cox (Alex’s friend / first real love) and her family by a criminal known as “Tiger”. Many people are brutally murdered by this horrendous person and Cross takes it upon him to catch “Tiger” and deliver justice to Ellie and others murdered by him. His quest lands him in Africa.
The grim reality of this new country though depicted well (to a certain extent) is very graphic in nature. The corrupt government officials in Nigeria arrest, jail and torture Alex for three days before the CIA can come to his rescue. He witnesses some of the most horrible situations and conditions of the people of Africa, far beyond anyone’s imagination. The dire situation in Darfur and the diamond mines of Sierra Leone are boldly portrayed by the author.
Though Alex comes across as smart detective in most of his books, in this one it feels like he walks into lame situations without giving it any thought. How did he simply fly over to Africa tracing a murderer without any political or government assistance?! Why does he end up landing his family into trouble and pain?
The gruesome murders, the contrived situations, and a loose and somewhat complicated plot did not satisfy me as a reader.
Patterson’s short chapters ending with a cliffhanger made it easier to finish the book but the poor action did not keep me engrossed like before.
By W.E.B. Griffin
Though beginning with a slow start, this last part of the Presidential Agent series picks up its pace and thrill midway engaging in a fascinating plot till the very end.
But I could see more of low points in the story. There’s too much unnecessary detailing; strong opinions of Russian history that seem somewhat unimpressive; a bit of mindless love interest / sex that doesn’t lead anywhere; high action-packed-drama missing; and most importantly the interesting climax seemed to end too soon!
No doubt the book is well written and characters well etched, but it failed to satisfy me as a reader.
The only ray of hope or anticipation is what’s gonna come of Castillo’s future in the secret operations arena.