Here you will find some reviews from my favourite writers. Nelson Demille, George Maciver, Andy McNab, William Gibson, Philip K Dick and Leon 'Junior' Harrison just to name a few. Over time after I have finished reading their books I will be adding reviews about them to this page.
Matthew Reilly - Area 7
04 March 2012
Matthew Reilly's Area 7 is a real roller-coaster ride military adventure, but don't look for great character development, or even consistency, like a advanced marine security team which goes from wearing "combat attire" to, a few hundred pages in when they're discovered, wearing their service dress. Still "Scarecrow" Schofield, USMC has got himself on a Presidential detail and a job to do when some Air Force Special Forces guys go renegade, and get their hands on a Chinese bio-weapon likely to change the world as we know it, in the remote Utah desert.
P90s are not assault rifles, and don't have 100 round magazines. It is a shame though, when the beginnings are full of technical references which only serve to slow down the story, to prove the author has done a bit of research, that he doesn't take the time to explain the differences of this class of weapon, so the audience, unknowing, now knows why these dastardly traitors have chosen these weapons for the confines of Area 7.
As it links to one of his prior efforts, Reilly makes mention of a evil-doer, one British SAS officer, who killed the father of Scarecrow's current sidekicks, who of course went on to become a Marine himself. Unfortunately, over half way through the book this youngster points out he has issues with the hero, because of the death of his father, yet up till then, I certainly hadn't noticed any such antagonism or difficulties between the two marines. For the US market, having a Brit villain of elite status is, of course, not only stereotypical of Hollywood, but works magic and is an instant winner.
Since the author is Australian, an Australian SAS man just wouldn't work. A New Zealand SAS guy, well, its just too much work to explain that out. But... the significant component here is... South Africa, which works quite nicely, and is suitably ironic as well. Though, I am at odds with any South African military, combat veterans, much less their special forces, leaving a door wide open to let everyone know where they've been. It seems, the only clever thing these blokes did was cause a text-book diversion, which, being classic should have been determined by these Air Force special forces guys.
But, otherwise, they instantly conjurer up the evil that is required, being left-overs from the Apartheid regime and all that. But when a book is written in a certain way, and propels the action forward, and in the positive aspects of Hollywood culture and practice, keeps you interested and, even if predicable, has that stickability, you do keep reading. Reilly does this well.
So, despite some misgivings I would look forward to any script Reilly might pen for Hollywood. It's about spectacle, and Newton's Third Law. With that, I wouldn't hesitate buying it for certain third parties who are into that sort of thing.
Andy McNab - The Gery Man
Thursday 12 January 2012
Andy McNab, The Grey Man
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This book is the first Quick Read that I have found from Andy McNab. It was nice to read a different book from McNab that wasn't based around just one character Nick Stone.
The book start outs with a bit of an explosion of anticipation. After that it starts to settle down and we get a short ride with the main character through his everyday life. The plot then unfolds to something that just about everyone in his type of job wishes that he could do. The book has everything from movie stars to robbers, a loving wife and the 'in' crowd from high school.
This is a good quick read that I would recommend to anyone that needs a good short read packed full of the usual Andy McNab.
Nelson DeMille - Night Fall
Thursday 12 January 2012
Nelson DeMille, Night Fall
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This book starts a little different to most of the other crime thrillers that I have read but doesn't take long to spark my interest. The first chapter in this book did exactly what it was meant to do by grabbing your attention and setting up the book for chase to the disastrous end.
The book does continue on from a couple of others that Nelson DeMille has written but donít think that you will need to read these to fully understand the characters.
To starts with a couple going about having an affair and taping them in the process of doing so. After that it moves to the main character, John Corey and his wife. John is then seduced into investigating the explosion that killed all passengers and crew onboard flight TWA 800. This investigation eventually takes John to the couple at the start of the book in search of that video tape.
I have to admire Nelson DeMille for being able to play down such a small peace of detail and then turning it into one of the biggest clues in the book.
This book doesnít rush but it also isnít very slow either and when you get to the end you do have a little feeling of wanting more just based on the way it ends but it does feel complete.
I look forward to reading the next installment in the life of John Corey.