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The Truant Officer [Paperback]

Derek T. Ciccone
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Derek Ciccone (12 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985428724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985428723
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,986,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not like the others 27 Jan 2012
By annie
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, i love derek's writing - but i found this very hard to get into, i know he is good so i was persistant - by chapter 20 i couldn't put it down. I think i just couldn't follow who each character was in the begining.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 13 Jan 2012
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Well, this was great! There were so many twists and turns in this one and I was kept on the edge of my seat all the time. I hope that Derek has more titles soon as I really enjoy reading his work. Thanks
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great until the denouement then beyond belief. 9 Feb 2012
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I really enjoyed this book until suddenly after reading 70 odd percent of it on kindle it all began to go pear shaped.

Just as it seemed to working towards an interesting conclusion, the author suddenly loses all credibility and people aren't who you thought they were which is fine if it's only one or two but not when it appears to be almost everyone. How on earth the author could come up with an ending which stretched credibility to such a point (and went on for far far too long) is beyond belief (literally)

If a character had suddenly revealed themselves as an alien or to have superhuman powers it would have been more believable.

What got me the most was that fact that there was no hint of lack of writing ability or style until three quarters of the way through the book.

Maybe someone finished the novel for him, or he just got bored, or he had so many possible endings, couldn't decide which one to put in and so put in them all.

As for a hitman who is videoed at a murder scene, admits to the authorities he is a killer and they let him go without even questioning him ?? Or how he 'outruns' the FBI at an airport when he is in a wheel chair? - Or how did so many people get access to a red carpet event when they were on the run, and even waved a gun to threaten a tv reporter live on air as they went in and no one stopped or searched them, or even asked for their ticket?

I could go on (and on)but that would be too much like the end of this novel.

It was in all disappointing, as it was quite readable up until that point.

Still three stars for the first three quarters, but none for the conclusion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mince is still mince even if it's free mince 20 Mar 2012
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The Truant Officer

IT'S TOTAL MINCE!

This is the first review I have written for a book. As I am now 58 and have read thousands of books in my life, this is not a good thing, in this case.

'The Truant Officer' must be the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to waste my time on. I'm sorry, Mr Ciccone, but simply - and, boringly, frequently - twisting the plotlines to spring one 'surprise' after another does not a good story make.

This book started badly and went on a dire downward spiral. I only stuck with it to the end so that I could justify submitting a review based on the whole work. One example of supreme daftness sticks out: crazy Russian assassin confined to a wheelchair having had his knees shot through chasing people on his wheelchair. The writer clearly intended the chase scene to be tense and threatening and exciting.It wasn't.

If 'The Truant Officer' were a film, that would have been the point when the whole of the audience would have done one (or, perhaps, both) of two things (i) burst out laughing and (ii) run for the exits.

I can think of no redeeming feature to this book. The characterisation is poor with the characters being barely credible as people. The action is frenetic, bizarre and chaotic. The dialogue is stilted and artificial. The plotlines are unbelievable and constantly changing by a stream of incredible plot shifts.

Rather than exciting and stimulating the reader, this ground-shifting technnique merely serves to create a thoroughly disjointed and unplanned feel to the book.

I hope the author has a thick skin because he'll need it.

I don't mean to be destructive but if the choice is between reading this or doing anything else including, say, staring vacantly into space for hours, do the latter.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars twists, turns and death 5 Feb 2012
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Too many twists and turns; so many unlikely events and so much death! It was a fun read to while away a rainy day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible and incredible 19 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I guess if you truly want an expose of the Russian Mafiya you should look elsewhere. Also if you want a perfectly paced artsy crime thriller then again there are other options. On the other hand if you want a 60 page an hour comicbook gallop through a rollocking , twisting plot high on incident, for free then this does the job brilliantly. As nuts as a Topic and peanut butter sandwich it entertained me for one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ho hum 9 Mar 2012
By B. Lowe
Format:Kindle Edition
I abandoned this novel about a quarter of the way in. After a promising start it quickly went down hill as the plot became more contorted and the action less believeable. Full of implausible characters and unlikely scenarios there wasn't ernough there for me to think it was worth the effort to read on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Struggled to finish 6 Mar 2012
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Really struggled to finish this one. It became more tedious and far fetched as it progressed, I just wanted it to be over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and not what I expected
Well worth the effort!
Good use of characters, interesting twists and kept me eager to find out what happens next.
Published 2 months ago by jojo
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist, twist and more twist
There are so many twists and turns in this book it's very very difficult, in my opinion, not to lose your way. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cathy
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't keep up!
Twist after twist after twist. So many i couldn't keep up with what was going on. Far far more complicated than enjoyable.
Published 2 months ago by rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns
Right from the beginning I knew I was going to enjoy this book. However it is a very intricate plot with lots of twists and turns and if you don't follow it correctly you stand a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daisy
2.0 out of 5 stars complicated
i have to agree with most posts. i found it very complicated and quite a few times hoped the lead character get his just desserts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written kept me hooked with the twists and turns. Really enjoyed this book made more so since it was free. Thanks Derek
Published 3 months ago by Mrs J Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Truant Officer
extremely good story although it went back a few times to other persons. well written. sold at a good price
Published 3 months ago by ken
4.0 out of 5 stars The truant officer
A good read as long as you do not take it to seriously. A lot of action and twists throughout.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Ahmed
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was my choice and it is well made - Delivered before the expected date - and well packaged - Nothing else I can say
Published 5 months ago by Him & Me
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A really interesting first few chapters that meant I kept turning the pages to the end. I enjoyed this book.
Published 9 months ago by P. J. Hayward
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