Anticlimactic. The main premise underpinning the entire series had no substance. (view spoiler)[Why did Burns go bad? It wasn't like he was spending tAnticlimactic. The main premise underpinning the entire series had no substance. (view spoiler)[Why did Burns go bad? It wasn't like he was spending the money. He'd got it filtered away so securely it would takes weeks for even him to access. His wife didn't know about it, they had no kids, and he must have been pushing 70. So... just because? He killed dozens of innocent people and was even gunning for the son of his best friend, all to see a string of noughts line up in a Swiss bank account that he couldn't access without exposing himself? REALLY?! (hide spoiler)]
For that matter (view spoiler)[ even assuming all the alphabet agencies had gone insane, there were no oversight committees, and everything was some kind of black op, Nick managed to work out in two minutes flat that all the money Burns had squirrelled away was pocket change to the likes of the CIA. Therefore it made no sense for their assistance to be dependent on retrieving it, it made no sense for them to expend so much time/money trying to get it, it made no sense that they'd forgive the loss of one of their better agents in a botched attempt to bring down the head honcho of the cartel whose entire income was ~maybe~ what they were really after, and it made no sense that once they did get their hands on the cash, they'd give a substantial sum back to Ty and Zane to rebuild their bookshop and as a little cash sweetener at the end. (hide spoiler)]
And then half the plot seemed both pointless and self-congratulatory. (view spoiler)[Let's just think about that hidden safe in Burns's floor, that only one other person knew about, and that was the person he was apparently trying to shaft out of his fair share of the money. So what was with the Poe cipher and the pixellated code? Who was that for? What was its purpose? And why give the three missing pictures to members of the Grady family? That makes absolutely no sense. It seems to me there was no rhyme or reason to it, beyond being a bit clever in the writing. (hide spoiler)]
As for his partner in crime. (view spoiler)[Tanner was the head honcho who trained Zane getting on for 25 years earlier. Given Tanner wouldn't have held his position without working his way up, he was what, in his late sixties or early seventies? Yet he's gone all that time with Burns shafting him for his share of the money? Purlease. (hide spoiler)]
Chester is awesome, even if he must be knocking 100. Liam is Machiavellian and English and ergo we love him. (And props on getting the speech right.) Thank god Julian left that silly sap of his at home, because there was one character I couldn't be doing with in this grand reunion they seemed to be having.
Overall the series had its moments. It even had some great moments (view spoiler)[Ty telling Zane he was his mission being the stand-out (hide spoiler)]. But the continuity errors and plotholes drove me up the damn wall. I have no idea how old Ty is supposed to be, or even if it's the banjo or the violin he plays. After a nine book series, I'd like to feel I knew these characters, but the details chopped and changed with such regularity that it's impossible to keep up. But at least the door's still open for them to return.
(view spoiler)[*places bet on Ty & Zane: The Daddy Years.* Ty picks up some street urchin who made the mistake of trying to mug him, takes him from his broken home and under his wing, and T&Z teach him everything they know. The kid and Zane bonding over their mutual hatred of Ty's cats. Ty sending the kid to help arrange Zane's books according to the Dewy Decimal System. The three of them sneaking out under the cover of darkness to protect Baltimore from the forces of evil... Or maybe I just channelled Batman... (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
300 pages and nothing happened. I suppose that's an achievement in itself. At the one exiting bit we got to drink wine in Tuesdays with Cam and Blake,300 pages and nothing happened. I suppose that's an achievement in itself. At the one exiting bit we got to drink wine in Tuesdays with Cam and Blake, waiting for Julian to come home and tell us what went down. Oy. ...more
**spoiler alert** This entire plot was predicated on a logical fallacy. If there's only one guy in the world who can turn you in, you send people to k**spoiler alert** This entire plot was predicated on a logical fallacy. If there's only one guy in the world who can turn you in, you send people to kill him, not bring him to you alive and well so you can kill him in front of witnesses, two of whom happen to be people you've known for years and whose opinion you actually give a damn about.
Then if you're in charge of bringing said person in and you miss your last flight, it doesn't make sense to opt for a four-day car journey rather than waiting overnight for the first plane in the morning because you're worried your prisoner might escape. There's more chance of him escaping over four days than one.
Oh, and if the guy "who literally rocked you as a baby" turns out to be a dastardly villain, betrays you in the worst possible way, and ends up dead, of course the only thing you'd be thinking about afterwards is whether or not you've been caught making eyes at your boyfriend in the office. Obviously. Ugh....more
Better. Less head-hopping, slightly fewer adverbs, and a decent story, although the climax seemed premature and some of the summary explanation too glBetter. Less head-hopping, slightly fewer adverbs, and a decent story, although the climax seemed premature and some of the summary explanation too glib....more
I love the Foster High books, but this one was a miss for me. I found the MCs indistinguishable (appearance, background, mindset) with identikit pa2.5
I love the Foster High books, but this one was a miss for me. I found the MCs indistinguishable (appearance, background, mindset) with identikit parents (loving but overbearing mothers obsessed with marrying them off, and still-waters-run-deep fathers who initially struggled with having gay sons but came round because all they want is their happiness, although they tend to let the moms do the talking), I loathed the poisonous hag and couldn't understand why Matt tolerated her when he didn't even like her himself, (view spoiler)[ I didn't understand why Tyler was the one apologising for everything when Matt was the one who upped and left, and I found the funeral scene distasteful (because who crashes a stranger's funeral to give a speech all about themselves?) and implausible (the benevolent laughter and heckling at the funeral of a kid who killed himself, REALLY?) (hide spoiler)]. I was excited to learn about the older generation of Forster, but to me this book didn't live up to its predecessors. Still I'll read the next because I do enjoy this series.["br"]>["br"]>...more