I'm really having trouble putting my thoughts together for this review. On the one hand, there is A LOT of action (which I'm a huge fan of) and the writing is high-quality. On the other hand, I just couldn't lose myself in this book like I wanted to.
I'm not sure I'm a fan of all the POVs given and there were several times POV jumps pulled me out of the story. This may be a book I would have enjoyed more if it had only been told from one or two POVs. I really didn't like the narration from the three bad guys' perspective: I felt Rudolph was just evil without motivation, which is one of my biggest pet peeves. And seeing so much from their perspective lost some of the suspense.
The pacing of the action was excellent and there was always some exciting car chase or nail-biting fight scene around the corner. However, the pacing - in terms of information - was a little off. For the first half or so, I felt bored by explanations of obvious things and then all of a sudden there are all these fantastic plot twists that are revealed with bland recaps. I also would have liked to be given more hints earlier as to what the Oz Project was - it was mentioned repeatedly, but no actual information was given until a big info dump when the ... (trying to phrase as to avoid spoilers) Project is "used."
I wasn't a huge fan of the dialogue, especially in emotional scenes. It felt stilted and didn't evoke the emotions that were described for me.
Also, I didn't buy all the times the hero won the fights (against hardened killers and attackers with superhuman strength), got out of certain situations, etc. He was just a little too lucky for my tastes. I couldn't bring myself to care for him either - I didn't care that he got his son back or whether or not he reconciled with his wife.
All that being said, I did feel compelled to read on in search of an HEA. The action and plot are fast-moving, original and entertaining.
After writing this, I see a few reviewers compare the author to Dean Koontz - and that may be part of my problem... I've never been a Koontz fan.
If you like lots of action, you might want to check this one out. If you're in search of great character development and human relationships, you might want to skip this one.
Review by: Sarah of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.