I don't read many political thrillers but I do watch a lot of television shows centred around this genre, and after reading the synopsis of The SerpenI don't read many political thrillers but I do watch a lot of television shows centred around this genre, and after reading the synopsis of The Serpent's Head, I was eager to read the book. As soon as I finished the first two chapters, I was hooked into the storyline. The main focus of the story lies with Liu Peng and Harriet who both seek revenge for the killing of their children who died in a London bombing. The first half of the story had me glued to the book. Here are two people who would go to any lengths to avenge the death of their loved ones. We see their plan unfold before our eyes in very specific details. The second half of the story didn't grab me as much as by this time it became a little too predicatable. I will say that I did not expect the cliffhanger at the end. It was a nice way to end it as it shows that Liu Peng and Harriet's mission hasn't been completely resolved.
It was a good story full of intrigue and adventure. The problem I had was with the execution. A lot of the times, it felt as I though I was reading a manual. I could see the outcome and the building blocks to complete the plan. The narrator explaining how to get from A to B killed the suspense, so whenever something took place, I was never surprised. There was a great build up of tension but not a lot of suspense, which was a shame as it's a good story.
Overall, I did enjoy the book. I think it gave a great insight into certain events and issues that are taking place in the world, and it opens your eyes up a little more in the way of understanding why certain things happen....more
This was an interesting book that left me feeling both satisfied and unsatisfied on an equal level. Given the title of the book and Joe being the main character of the story, I thought there would be more focus on her, but I found it a little hard to connect with her because I didn't know enough about her. I knew more about some of the other characters than I did about Joe, and that was disappointing as I found Joe to be an intriguing character and wish there had been more development with her character.
I thought the story lagged in some parts, particularly in the first quarter of the book. I did like the chemistry between Joe and Michael even though it did feel one-sided on Michael's part, but Joe did have a lot on her mind, so it was understandable. The pace picked greatly in the last quarter of the book. The adrenaline was high, which was needed considering the event taking place. I liked the way the author transitioned from character to character during the shootout in the Quad, giving the readers a little insight into what was going through each character's mind while The Decider was marking them off ...
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