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The Last Exile by E.V. Seymour
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Mar 28, 2012

it was ok
Read in March, 2012

The Last Exile tells the story of Paul Tallis, a former firearms officer who lost his job after killing a suspected terrorist who turned out to be an innocent woman. Approached by a mysterious woman working for MI5 and asked to undertake a discreet operation whereby he would track down a number of illegal immigrants who have been accidentally released from prison, it seems a straightforward assignment for Tallis. But things are not all as they seem, and when Tallis makes a number of shocking discoveries, he finds himself in a race against time to discover the truth behind this mysterious assignment.

All in all, The Last Exile is a competent thriller that does have some redeeming features. The most obvious of these is Tallis, who as a main character does remain interesting throughout. Unfortunately the plot surrounding him takes a long time to get going, and for long periods the book is just a little too bland and lacks imagination in what is a competitive genre. Tallis seems to solve the initial tasks with a healthy dose of blind luck, which isn't particularly engaging or satisfying. The book does gather pace eventually and has a decent enough conclusion, and all in all I don't regret reading it, but it is very difficult to recommend in a genre which is so competitive and has so many truly quality offerings.

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