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Gray by name, colourful in content
on 8 August 2013
I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely read the next one. The characters are mostly well drawn and there has clearly been a great deal of research involved to make sure the book is technically accurate. It is also well written, particularly with so many threads to draw together.
However, the problem arises from the sheer weight of ideas crammed into the story. While for the most part it does not effect the story or the readers enjoyment, the constant guessing as to whether this is meant to be a social commentary on terrorism, crime, government policies, the media, is never really clear. I also found myself a little overwhelmed by the number of cliche characters that pop up; SAS veteran, ditzy blonde out of her depth, obnoxious politician, etc.
Overall, a little bit thriller-by-numbers, but enjoyable, quick and fun all the same, and considering it is free, well worth a read.