Even though I'm just getting started with this book, I can feel myself becoming more virile & manly within the first 100 pages of my introductionEven though I'm just getting started with this book, I can feel myself becoming more virile & manly within the first 100 pages of my introduction to Will Cock Cochrane. He is so badass that you might even be risking pregnancy just by reading this review-- and I'm including men in this warning. The only reason I'm not having twins is due to my years of practice in not getting pregnant. You have been warned.
I just can't do it anymore. I haven't picked this book up in a week. Slightly more than 150 pages in and all I'm doing is looking for things to mock. I'm taking notes. There's no other reason to continue, and I've got other (better) books to read. The prose is clunky and over-written. The hero is supposed to be a super-badass secret-agent man, but a super-badass secret-agent man with a soft, gooey inner delicacy just waiting for the right time/woman, but really he's just kind of a dick. And how do we, the reading public know our hero, Will Cochrane, is a super-badass, etc? Because he keeps telling everyone.
This is where I pretty much gave up on Baldacci. I thought I could rely on him for brainless filler reading but now he's just annoying. "Willing suspeThis is where I pretty much gave up on Baldacci. I thought I could rely on him for brainless filler reading but now he's just annoying. "Willing suspension of disbelief." Look it up. Basic agreement between author and reader. I'm willing to accept a lot of things when I'm reading fiction (I read vampire novels, fer chrissakes), but I cannot abide shaky premises in order to support an equally weak plot. YET ANOTHER SPOILER ALERT: Faith has set up a complete fake identity and even purchased a house under said fake ID. WHY? She's not undercover. She's not a criminal. She's not really even looking for a tax shelter. But for some reason, she has fake papers which would help for a relatively clean getaway from the government bad guys. After much drama, she does indeed manage to hide out. She then proceeds to blow the whole thing with one stupid phone call. POINTLESS PLOT COMPLICATIONS. After wading through The Camel Club I can take no more. David Baldacci, I shun thee....more
I read this after seeing the movie and while I enjoyed the book, I think this is one of the rare occasions when the movie was better. The plotting isI read this after seeing the movie and while I enjoyed the book, I think this is one of the rare occasions when the movie was better. The plotting is tighter and the pacing makes it a much more intense tale. My biggest problem with Baldacci is that every one of his books I've read seems to be about 150 pages too long--and it's all fluff. For example: (SPOILER ALERT!) In translating this book to film Eastwood entirely eliminates the main character/narrator. The plot is revised so that Eastwood's character (who dies halfway through the book) becomes the protagonist. In my opinion it doesn't hurt the story at all, and actually improves the telling.
I'm sorry, is this supposed to be a book review? Good beach read, one of Baldacci's better offerings....more
...kinda fun bubblegum for the brain, but there are a few disbelief-threatening plot complications to keep the story going. Too much of that and you g...kinda fun bubblegum for the brain, but there are a few disbelief-threatening plot complications to keep the story going. Too much of that and you go directly from edge-of-the-seat tension to irritation & throwing the book across the room. UPDATE/SPOILER ALERT: I slogged through to the end & this book blows. Pacing is off-- what is supposed to foreshadow and draw the reader further into the story seems more like random & pointless plot complication. Characters who manage to f**k up dramatically at JUST the right time and an assassin who ends up being someone who we think is dead...but this misapprehension plays no important role whatsoever. HER death, which I'm sure was supposed to be oh-so-creepy and mysterious, one more missing link in the vast conspiracy chain...is just another poorly executed plot point. Not only should you NOT buy or read this book, you SHOULD write nasty letters to the authors who are quoted gushing ecstatically about how much this isn't a steaming pile. They lied....more