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Preview — Even by Andrew Grant
His protagonist David Trevellyan, a covert operative in the Royal Navy is a cross between James Bond and Burn Not ...more
Yet I will skip the comparisons because the books need to be judged on their own.
Even's protagonist is a naval secret agent from England, who is still working there. He is on a mission ...more
Suckered into some bad reviews of his second book that all seemed to highlight how good his first book “Even” was, I decided to give it a shot.
First off, picture a piece of cardboard in the shape of an arrogant bastard and you have the main character. He is so wooden and often responds with simple one word answers. Luckily, we’re “treated” to introductory paragraphs each chapte ...more
in N.Y. on assignment. Returning to his hotel late one
evening he sees a shape laying in an alley and stops to
investigate. It's a homeless man shot multiple times. The
police arrive just then and arrest David. He isn't worried
he figures that Navy Intelligence will cover for him but the
case is quickly turned over to the FBI and the British
Consulate tells him that he's on his own. With no idea who's
friend or foe he penetrates deep into a hug ...more
Definitely an R-rating, not so much for language (a handful of s-word ...more
Trevellyan's character develops throughout the book. Grant does a good job of introducing his new character without slowing down the plot. The anecdotal paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter help provide background for the character, as well as define the chapter action. The rhythm of the prose, while not literary, keeps you reading and fits in with the story.
Highly entertaining suspense novel that grabs the reader right at the beginning. Lots of action sprinkled throughout, with some add...more
First, I was surprised at the lack of 'edge-of-your-seat-ness' it had. I thought that was the hallmark of a thriller. Although I enjoyed it, I was able to put it down quite easily. While I read it, I liked it, but when I put it down, I didn't feel the need to pick it back up.
I also had a problem with Andrew Grant's female characters. He had two kinds in this book. Smart, 'lawyerly,' damsel in distres ...more
The characters all think the same (that is, slightly dumber than the main character), all speak the same (that is, ...more
At first glance, the hero - David Trevellayan, a Royal Navy intelligence operative - seems like a cross between Quiller and Jack Reacher, with maybe some Joe Pike thrown in. And, once I finished, I found out that the author is the little brother of Reacher's Lee Child. But the story just didn't connect with me. Where Quiller has an urgency, an immediacy that holds you, Trevellayan never gets there. And when you read Q ...more
What I didn't care for, was the ending. A pet peeve of mine is leaving a book without closure to set up a sequel, or a ...more
On balance, I liked this book, but the first few chapters were more work th ...more
I'm not much of an expert on spy thrillers. I haven't read many, but I would venture to guess that EVEN would be a book that James Bond fans would enjoy. The plot was w ...more
Lee Child's brother has potential to become a decent writer.
Even starts slow, but once it picks up steam, it's a somewhat enjoyable book (at least until an incredibly unsatisfying ending). it has a few rough patches, story-wise. There were parts of the plot that I figured out well before all of the characters in the book, which makes me, personally, feel frustrated. But I wouldn't have considered it a bad book ...more
This is an action-packed murder-mystery, with a a slice of humour thrown in to make the reader like the key character - Lieutenant Commander Trevellyan. David is not a nice man - he does not compromise and his ways of getting to the truth are not subtle. He is manipulative, keenly observant, and very dangerous. Tags for this novel would include t ...more
Andrew Grant (born 1968, Birmingham, England) is the younger brother of bestselling thriller writer Lee Child. After graduating from the University of Sheffield, where he studied Drama and English Literature, Grant founded a theatre company that produced original material, c ...more