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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st edition (30 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141019212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141019215
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PJ Tracy is about to become a household name (Daily Mirror)

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PJ Tracy lives in the US. She is the author of two other bestselling thrillers - Want to Play? and Live Bait

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Temple on 19 April 2007
Format: Paperback
After PJ Tracy's previous 2 books I was expecting a great read, but this one was wholly unsatisfying. The villians had no character, and even their motive was just given in a throw away line towards the end. It felt like it was finished in a hurry.

There was also a blatent error in the plot, that these so called computer experts were relying on photo images being faxed! It seems that for the techy geeks, in their haste to write computer games and save the world, digital imaging technology has bypassed them!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 April 2006
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Patricia and Traci are at it again with their Monkeewrench characters, first (and best) seen in Want to Play? and followed up with Live Bait. I’m led to understand that they plan to write five novels in all in this series, but they had better come up with some better ideas and execution than this one, otherwise they might not make it to number four. The central theme of Dead Run is the release of large quantities of Sarin nerve gas by right-wing extremists – a topic I have more than a passing interest in since I was on an adjacent subway train on my way to work in Tokyo in March 1995 at the exact time of the Aum Shinrikyo attack who used the very same chemical on the subway and killed some 13 commuters.

If I had composed this review at the half-way stage of the book I would have mentioned how much I was enjoying it, because the build-up was created expertly, thoroughly and suspensefully. I was expecting this to be their best work yet – but I was ultimately left with the impression that the writers had devoted months and months to the story escalation and, when they found themselves with nothing to do one boring Tuesday afternoon, they wrote The End. What an anti-climax! This was a storyline that was at least topical and potentially riveting but culminated in an ending that, in effect, was covered in three words : “We did it”. And by that, I mean the pressing of a few keys on a PC keyboard – hardly a suitable counterpoint to an expansive plot line which covered large-scale terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, thousands of potential fatalities and basically an event to up-scale 9/11.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the third in the series featuring Grace MacBride and her Monkeewrench compadres and I was very disappointed.

For starters, the plot takes a while to get opening. Whilst you're introduced to the town of Four Corners via the eyes of some of its inhabitants and quickly thrown into the fact that Something Awful Has Happened, Tracy takes her time in getting you to the nuts and bolts of why it's happened. In the interim, you're left following Grace, Annie and Sharon as they stumble around the town trying to avoid the People Responsible and this is padded out with Grace's perhaps/perhaps not boyfriend, Detective Magozzi to chase after her with Harley and Roadrunner to try and work out what's going on.

Those familiar with the previous books will know that Grace MacBride is a tough character. It's therefore disappointing to see her reduced to such a cypher here. True, her instincts remain good but Tracy refuses to let her act on them except when convenient to the plot and this is frustrating for the reader. Whilst the Rubenesque Annie is normally a well-rounded character (no pun intended), here she's reduced to angsting about her nails and shoes and having to take exercise, again it's frustrating. But what annoyed me most were the 'girly conversations' where all three women complain about how rubbish men were, but keep reiterating how much they love them. It's unworthy and tedious.

The story itself (once you find out the why and how) has potential. The idea of US citizens using terror tactics as a way to turn public opinion against immigrants is not necessarily new, but does have the potential to chill.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Reader on 12 Oct. 2006
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I bought this book purely on the basis that the synopis sound good. Initially the book starts well, but then quickly begins to become obvious and the plot has no real strength.

There are a few main characters in the book, and this results in a lack of depth of the characters (however this could be purely because this is the first book i read and have not read prequels).

However, in saying this, i had read half of the book before i realised. Its a simple read and quite enjoyable if there is nothing else available.

2 Stars. Could do better
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Newstead VINE VOICE on 8 Mar. 2007
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I agree with a number of reviewers about this book. The characters from Want To Play seem to have moved into a different style of book. The book starts really creepily with lots of bodies being dragged up from holes and marshes and a deadly nerve gas, great atmosphere but what happens at the end, villains are not even cardboard more like tissue paper and one minute they are there and the next minute they are gone. The tension at the end is as exciting as tearing up a paperbag. It is obvious that this was written by 2 seperate people.

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