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Warlord by Ted Bell
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Oct 17, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: 2010
Read in January, 2010

** spoiler alert ** You know what? A year plus later, this book still fills me with righteous indignation. The thing is, I thought that I was going to like this book. After all, it had two things that I really enjoy: spies and the royal family. What could be better?

But I hated this book.

For one, Alex Hawke was lost in a sea of angst and alcohol at the beginning of the book, to the point that his friends were thinking he was going to die, and then his BFF Prince Charles calls, and lo, he just decides to stop drinking and then goes swimming and running like he hadn't been wallowing for weeks and months -- like his body could just go back to the way it was.

Then, there is the way that the women in the book are portrayed. See, the love interest, right? She loved her fiance so, so much, and she was just devastated when he died, and then she meets Hawke again a few months later, and lo, she never really loved her fiance at all! She really wanted Hawke the whole time! And then she seduces him, like, three pages later.

And then the book was filled with pages of what these very manly soldiers were feeling and how they all considered Hawke to be their BFF, and...

The first fifty pages were pretty awful, and then the next fifty were pretty good, and then it went back to the awful but I was too far along to stop. I should probably give it two stars since I actually finished the book, but since I'm still feeling righteous indignation over having wasted my time reading this book...

And no. Just no.
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