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Buried in Black by J.T. Patten
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it was ok
bookshelves: espionage-fiction

I am all about this kind of book because usually, it's 'fictional' enough that it doesn't feel like I'm completing a reading for work when I'm actually reading it.This novel, however, despite the really cool premise, did feel like work. I think it really was more to do with the fact that the author, clearly well-steeped in intelligence and security terminology, was trying to educate the reader as he went along but didn't quite manage to weave the teaching moments into the flow of the novel. Certain areas of the book felt like a reading I would do (or assign) on the basics of intelligence operations or special forces operations; other parts felt like what I imagine some field reports would look like. This really interrupted the flow of the story itself. There were also just some really, really odd choices in description; "eyebrow-hair bundles" made an appearance at one point and I just honestly didn't know what to do with that, other than laugh disbelievingly.However, as I said, I did enjoy the premise of the novel. There is a lot you could build on for further work and I do like the characters that were introduced, though again there were a few issues around how the introduction of new characters did tend to interrupt the flow of the story. The twist at the end was interesting, I'll admit, and I did not see that happening at all, for which I have to credit Patten. This is worth a read, I think, if only to lay the groundwork for his other books (which I haven't read to, but may look at in future). Also for the "lecture" bits which are pretty good, actually, if you want a feel for that sort of thing.

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Reading Progress

February 27, 2019 – Started Reading
February 27, 2019 –
53.0% (Kindle Edition)
March 9, 2019 –
92.0% "Look the premise is interesting but parts of this are like reading a field report, and other parts are like reading a SpecOps textbook..." (Kindle Edition)
March 10, 2019 – Shelved
March 10, 2019 – Shelved as: espionage-fiction
March 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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