I'm not sure what to think about this book. Perhaps another read or some time to let it settle will clear that up. What I am sure of is that it is wel...moreI'm not sure what to think about this book. Perhaps another read or some time to let it settle will clear that up. What I am sure of is that it is well written, with descriptive and flowing prose. The main premise is engaging and unique, but left me with unanswered questions. The main characters are interesting, but a bit shallow. It would have been nice to get to know them a little better. Even with those issues, which may be my own, I give it four stars for the unique premise and the strong writing. I will definitely give it another read and hope to see more by this author.(less)
Something truly original and laugh out loud funny. This is an impressive debut. Normally i get bored with descriptive sentences, but Crubaugh's are so...moreSomething truly original and laugh out loud funny. This is an impressive debut. Normally i get bored with descriptive sentences, but Crubaugh's are so pointed and witty I actually read them. Won't find me doing that with a King or Rice novel.
Being a self-published novel, let me vouch for the editing, I didn't notice any blatant typos, spello's or grammatical errors. The prose flows well and the plot is tight. The dialogue is where he really lets loose. The conversations between the characters are at the same time, funny, informative, and never banal. They are also believable.
The characters delivering these witticisms are multidimensional. They do follow some standard archetypes: the plucky hero, the movie starlet, the CIA bagman, the airline pilot, but each is uniquely crafted and has their own voice and personality.
The only flaw I could find, and in this I am in agreement with another reviewer, was that the action scenes, particularly towards the end were a bit choppy. Not devastatingly so, but enough to notice. All authors have their strengths and weaknesses. This author's strengths in humor and storytelling, far outweigh some minor stutters in the action that are easily read over.
I look forward to the next installment of this series and hope for more alien, CIA, and presidential mischief. (less)
I am a fan of this genre and lament the fact that it is in a downswing. Probably due to the fact America is currently at war. Jack Silkstone writes th...moreI am a fan of this genre and lament the fact that it is in a downswing. Probably due to the fact America is currently at war. Jack Silkstone writes this genre well. There is an authenticity that leaps off the page. The prose is tight and the descriptions are not overdone, just enough to put you in the scene and get on with the action, and there's plenty of action packed into this short. The testosterone level is high. You could fuel the entire Tour de France peleton with the testosterone in this book. There are only three things preventing me from giving this a five by five. In a few places I felt dialouge/descriptions could have been toned back a bit, felt like overreaching when a little more subtlety might have worked better. The main characters could have used some more depth. Finally, as I said, I am a fan of this genre, but even I had to fire up Google to look up some of the acronyms tossed out. I look forward to reading the full version that will follow this prequel. (less)