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Tired and Predictable
on 14 May 2015
This book is not up to much, even if you are just looking for a quick, mindless read. There is no depth to it, no character development, tons of laughable dialogue and many instances of the characters acting incredibly stupidly and out of character and jumping through contrived plot hoops simply in order to further the plot. For example, we are told that Dillon, Ferguson, and Blake are the elite, the best-of-the-best, the ultimate professionals and yet on several occasions when they corner the main villain, instead of taking him down, handcuffing him, bag over the head etc (as professionals would), they engage in James-Bond-baddie-style grandstanding and badinage, even stopping to drink some wine and have a smoke!!! On another occasion - on a barge - Ferguson approaches without his gun drawn, gives away the element of surprise with a " What ho, old bean" style inanity and is then surprised to get shot. All of which, of course, allow the villain to turn the tables and escape (on two such occasions, through the same secret passage next to a fireplace in the library - a sad cliche in itself - but to use it twice as a plot device is lazy and disrespectful to the reader!!)
All in all, this is tired, hackneyed writing and really not to be recommended. Jack Higgins may be called "The Legend"but these plot hoops he creates and then forces his characters through are just weak and amateurish. Best avoid this one.