The novel is far from perfect. The Butcher’s Hook is unevenly structured: what little plot there is in its first, frustratingly slow chapters is stretched too thin...For all that, however, this author remains one to watch.
Powered by brilliantly rendered characters, an intriguing topic (parasomnia), and a darkly lyrical narrative that captures the melancholic tone of autumn in New England perfectly (red maples in their “death throes”), this novel has only one weak point—its highly improbable conclusion, which may leave readers unsatisfied.
...Taylor has a reputation of in-depth research to add realism to his plots. For “Ring of Fire,” Taylor cites the 9/11 Commission Report, the Congressional Joint Inquiry Report and reporting done by the Florida Bulldog, an investigative news site based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Taylor delivers a high-energy thriller in “Ring of Fire.”
Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.
Her publishers might have borrowed the winged insect cover motif from Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs, but if any writer is worthy of comparison with the master it’s the formidably talented Brit Belinda Bauer.
If you are a fan of Fantasy and Horror then I highly recommend Stephen King's The Eyes of the Dragon.
A near miss for Dixie sends her on the run. The surprise closing twist promises romantic complications for Dixie in the next installment.
Suffice to say, without giving away the ending that was both exciting and at times poignant, Rollins’ fans will take the book for its full value—another exciting Sigma Force adventure.
For Tom Clancy fans, and now for those of us that have become Mark Greaney fans of Tom Clancy’s characters, this will make an excellent holiday page turner, providing just the right mix of plot, character, and pacing to keep you turning the pages by the Christmas tree lights.
The authors tend to use too much detail (Rosa plops down on Claire’s “soft, comfortable, dark green, velour sofa”), and almost every female character is attractive (Claire is “beautiful”; others are “hot” or “stunning”). All this might have worked better on the screen.
Krentz’s storytelling mastery is on full display as she balances telling a twisty tale of deception and vengeance while also developing revealing and compelling characters. An author who never disappoints!
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis will undoubtedly win Rice new fans and welcome back old ones.
Two of these cases are connected, however tenuously, while the third is a good old-fashioned mystery with a couple of twists, turns and misdirections...What is certain, though, is that this will continue to be a series worth reading, and returning to, for some time to come.
I guess it comes down to the simple fact that Chaos is an excellent read. Not being able to predict what is around every literary corner makes each chapter an enticing piece of candy. You can't eat just one, and you want still more when you get to the last tasty chapter.
A clever plot and a cast of intriguing characters, whose actions and agendas are easily misconstrued, boost bestseller Clark and Burke's third novel featuring Laurie Morgan...The authors keep Laurie and the reader grasping for answers till the end.
There are no surprises, little character growth and formulaic. It doesn’t matter. A book can simply be fun and entertaining.
David Baldacci’s typical action thriller often features a character in dire emotional straits. This gives the novel dramatic depth and intensity, making it an unforgettable read. It has a strong element of science fiction, is action-packed and thought-provoking.
The pages whip by as the characters, at least the good guys, survive one deadly encounter after another, and the bad guys get their comeuppances. Readers will anxiously await Dirk’s next adventure.
Archer brings matters to a tidy, if unemotional, end. He has a penchant for dispatching major characters without a moment’s pause, and the mixed quality of his villains suggests he is much more familiar with sociopaths who breathe rarefied air than those who lurk in housing estates.
Once Chris finds Daniel, the plot plays out along predictable lines that don’t do justice to the intriguing setup. Underdrawn characterizations don’t help.