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True Allegiance by Ben Shapiro
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did not like it

I gave this more of a chance than it deserved.

I'll start by saying I'm not a fan of Shapiro's. I've recently read a couple of his non-fiction books and find him to be either someone manipulative, someone trolling, or someone who is a fool. But as inflammatory, combative, and misrepresentative as his non-fiction is, it is at least articulate.

True Allegiance reads like the first draft of a Brad Thor novel. That isn't a compliment. It has the same stylings and pacing of Thor, but with the amateurishness you'd expect of a first draft or someone who arrogantly presumes writing a thriller will be easy. Let's ignore the cartoonish character analogues, the cardboard thin characters, the heavy handed style of writing, and the cliches that I thought had been cremated back in the 90s. Let's instead talk about the hackneyed and inconsistent writing.

Taking a couple of examples from the prologue: Shapiro compares a bridge collapsing to the sound of a million aircraft crashing; the suspension bridge oscillations to guitar strings vibrating; and cars sliding off the bridge as bath-time playthings of an angry god. I shit you not. It is clear this is the fiction authoring of someone unfamiliar with the form.

So even if you like his politics, you'll find this thriller to be odious and the analogies thinly veiled. Not worth the time nor money.

More on Shapiro here: https://static.currentaffairs.org/201...
Update: discovered this video that highlights many of the same problems I had with the writing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYp_6...
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November 16, 2017 – Shelved
November 17, 2017 – Started Reading
November 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

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