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Stone Cold by David Baldacci
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Jul 05, 2009

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Another page turner in the style my friend Laura calls Scooby Doo stories. There are miraculous resolutions brought on by incredible coincidences that bring the story to an end.
Mind you, there were a few miraculous incidents along the way as the story developed as well. Characters were blessed with almost divine omniscience to know exactly what their antagonists were doing and thinking.
While all the juggling is taking place, snipers shooting through photos at a quarter mile and so forth, the gullible reader is left in suspended disbelief - all for the sake of some beach reading.
The writer isn't bad and does keep things going. But the assumption that the US is the center of the universe is wearing thin. Maybe he should look, like the current administration is, at the rest of the world as partners instead of pawns and dupes. The central assumption of this book is that an American agent and his Russian lover were able to penetrate the Kremlin and poison Andropov -- and Chernenko and escape. There is no explanation as to how this is done and we are expected to believe it.
So this book is for beach reading and is just a literary Scooby snack.
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