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Killer Move by Michael Marshall
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Sep 03, 2011

it was ok
Read from August 29 to September 02, 2011

This book was going to get four stars before the ending, where it completely fell apart. It felt like the author did not know how to end it, how to tie up all the pieces and had to end it quickly. Very very disappointing because leading up to that point, the plotting was great, the characters were well formed, but the end just was completely wrong. In fact, when he's doing the final wrap he GETS THE NAME of one of the characters WRONG. The main character's boss throughout the book was Peter Grant. In the last chapter, he changes it to David Grant! You mean to tell me that NO copy editor caught that? Just contributes to the hasty exit this book had.

And one more gripe. The title is terrible. It bears little relation to the theme of the book. And since the word "Modified" was used throughout the book, that would have been the perfect title. Up until the end, it really outline how fleeting your life really is and how an incident or two can change everything. So Modified would have been the perfect title. Wonder who screwed that up?
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Phil Hopper I spotted the 'David Grant' thing too...

Kris Looks like the Michael wanted the book to be called Modified too:

"I originally wanted to call the book MODIFIED, but was eventually semi-convinced that while it’s a good title once you’ve read the book, it might not work from a sales point of view. KILLER MOVE was my best alternative – hopefully suggestive of the gamesmanship running throughout the book."

Aditya I noted David Grant too & i was reading the e-book version.I wondered the same thing about the title but Kris explains the motive behind it.
But i thought the ending was perfect & had no qualms about the way it ended.

message 2: by Jay (new) - rated it 1 star

Jay Tate I'm late to this party, but did you also notice that the final drive he took had him journey from Florida, into South Carolina, into Kentucky, in 12 hours? Knowing that these states don't connect anywhere, how did Bill make that drive? I know, he was driving in search of an editor!

John Spot on with the critique of the rushed ending and wrong title. I was also impressed with how the drive west through the Florida panhandle ended in South Carolina!

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