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A Rollercoaster Ride That Falls of the Track
on 2 February 2006
Good news - this book is fast paced, exciting and gripping from the start.
Bad news - it’s too fast and becomes confused by its own twists and turns.
Two spies are pitted against one another only to realize they are not the enemies they think they are. Instead they must uncover the truth before it kills them
David Wolstencroft has the pedigree to write a good spy novel, he created the hit BBC drama Spooks. He takes this glossy look at the spy world and adapts it to what can only be described as airport fiction. Each chapter is around 5 pages long so the story moves at a vigorous pace. This in one way is a positive as you do not have the time to reflect on any inconsistencies.
However, this over fast nature is also its downfall. In particular the last part of the book hurtles along at much too fast a pace, twisting and turning like an Austrian Bobsleighed.
With a tighter reign on his imagination and more relaxed approach to storytelling this could have been excellent - instead it is just average.