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Bad Moon Rising
Bad Moon Rising
by Sheila Quigley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 7.05

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad book reading?, 5 Feb 2007
I am quite surprised at the large number of very positive reviews for this book.

It started out quite well, but dipped badly, and at this point I was contemplating not finishing it. However I did plough on, and thankfully, it got better towards the end.

For me, the narrative was not of the greatest quality, and the lead character "DI Hunt" was not written as a convincing lead investigator. I also noticed a distinct lack of research in the book (apart from, no doubt, the watching of re-runs of Prime Suspect and Midsomer Murders!).

The lack of praise for Shelia Quigley on the back cover says it all. Well, apart from a gushing quote from the "Newcastle Upon Type Journal" !

Killing Floor: 1 (Jack Reacher)
Killing Floor: 1 (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing novel..., 22 Jan 2007
The author says that the first line of this book was the first bit of fiction he ever wrote. Which is a surprising statement, given the high quality of the book's opening. It's also hard to believe that this book was written by an Englishman, with its Americanized writing style and cultural references.

Killing Floor is written in a first person narrative (unlike most of the later Reacher books), using lots of short sentences. It's a very effective writing style. Creates an atmosphere. Keeps you reading. Can't say why.

The level of description makes you believe that the fictional town of Margrave is actually real, without making the story seem dull. Reacher himself, is a character which grows on you throughout the book.

The dialogue in the book is excellent and realistic which helps flesh out the characters. No F words either, which is unusual, but perhaps not that realistic considering that the baddies in this book, are in fact, pretty ruthless.

All in all, a great story, with a great beginning AND a great ending. Probably the best book I've ever read. Definitely one to read if you're the sort of person who usually thinks thrillers are pretty naff and unbelievable. This one certainly isn't

Incompetence (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Incompetence (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Rob Grant
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.58

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Planes, trains and automobiles...., 18 Oct 2006
I bought this book purely because of reading the preview pages here on Amazon, and I would say that it is a much better read than Grant's previous novel, "Colony".

You will enjoy the lead character's many meetings with various european idiots and/or jobsworths, as well as his "experiences" with numerous forms of transport.

Also, after reading this book, you will never, ever, want to wear shoes made from vegetables again!!!

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