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Spoilt by unlikely behaviour
on 18 December 2012
Firstly, I'd say the cover illustration does this book no favours, looking like an advertisement for steamy sex and limited plot. In fact, the book has a great plot, is extremely interesting, with lots of unusual ideas, gripping action, and a fascinating world of elite and untermensch.
The first problem is that the author plunges straight into battle, with no real explanation of the cause, the protagonists, or anything else, so the reader has to scrabble along working things out as he/she reads, detracting somewhat from the writing itself.
The second disappointment is the unreal emotional reactions of the electronics whizzkid, Lana. At times, she's cool, calm, and collected, then at others she reacts in ways which are totally irrational and extremely immature. Having had her life saved by some expert shooting, she debates internally what kind of protector would put the person he was protecting at risk, by shooting so near to them, yet shortly afterwards, she's yearning for him as 'her only friend'. She's full of self-pity and a sense of betrayal, even when one of the men concerned is risking everything to keep her safe, and the other has already done everything in his power to protect her. She would be much more admirable if she could emulate Mrs Watson, who, despite her age and infirmities, has made every effort to defend herself from attack, and has, even now, to basically teach Lana everything she will need to know to get by on her own - and force Lana to show a little backbone.
All the other characters in this story are rounded, strong in their own way, whether for good or bad, but sadly, Lana is a real whinger, who is forced to see the real tragedies being coped with by others around her, but, even while paying lip-service to them, continues to be a self-absorbed pain.
If the author could only have made Lana a more considerate and competent character, the book would have merited 5 stars; its heroine lets it down badly.