Andrew M. Jones

Helpful votes received on reviews: 80% (70 of 87)
Location: Bristol, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 297,409 - Total Helpful Votes: 70 of 87
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Terry Hayes has written an utterly fantastic debut manhunt thriller that is almost as good as such novel can get. It is gripping, clever and, surprisingly, carries a strong emotional punch. This is quite a different type of read from, say, a le carre or a Forsyth novel. For one, this is very plot-driven and absent of crossword subtlety of nuanced psychology or packed with lessons in spycraft. And although Hayes goes to some lengths to establish sympathy with the main protagonist the other characters are not nearly so well drawn. It is surely no surprise that the man who wrote Dead Calm chooses to dramatise almost all the scenes in a very filmic way. Hayes also establishes a rhythm of… Read more
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe's back to blood is an enjoyable read. Does it lead anywhere in particular ? Well, not really. Is the plot a thing of wonder? Not so much. Is this a plausible story with fully fleshed out characters ? Not that you'd notice. But boy does it transport you to a baking hot Florida amongst the Cuban community. The Narrator of the book sounds like he has a megaphone, so intrusive is Wolfe's omniscience and the climactic scenes are like an all-you-can-eat buffet; a seemingly inexhaustible supply of astonishing events. This is not Wolfe's best book, but it is a great read nonetheless. if you have liked Wolfe's previous efforts then his unique rendering of sounds his fondness for… Read more
Burglar in the Rye, the (Bernie Rhodenbarr Mysteri&hellip by Lawrence Block
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was the first Lawrence Block novel I've read and boy have I struck gold. The fact there is another 9 of these to look forward to gladdens the heart. The writing is crisp, the dialogue sharp and
the text is littered with elegant wordplay. He even manages to make the burglar protagonist a sympathetic character. In the comic crime genre this is right up there with the best.

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