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.