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Andy McDermott,what are you thinking?
on 24 May 2013
I generally love Andy Mcdermott books,they are almost certainly in my top three authors lists,but I'm not too sure where he is going with this?
The story,is basically about a secret US government organisations that has the ability to obtain a persons memory via drugs and electronics,which then can be passed into an agent to recover information ,in these cases concerning terrorism activities
Sounds OK,but,for those that remember,it feels a bit like a modern equivelent of a Joe 90 episode on "speed."
Unlike the Wilde/Chase books Andy writes,the hero this time is a American ex Special forces,typical american hero in physique(yawn!),joined with what is described as a hippy type british girl. The hero obviously,we find out has some issues with having his memory wiped to hide high ranking officers who have done some "very bad things" in the name of "national security." Obviously,all sorts itself and the baddies get what they deserve after lots of chasing shooting and explosions....they're the good bits!
Now,the Wilde and Chase books,are historical/archelogical/adventure/Indiana jones on steroids type and really good fun,Eddie Chase is a Yorkshireman,ex SAS,ageing/balding and with a typical "squaddie" sense of humour,which makes it brilliant for most British readers and are really...especially to me,un-put-downable books,the Persona Protocol,strikes me as being aimed at the American market and although is obviously an experiment at a different subject by Mcdermott (and I don't know if it is the start of a new series) does not seem to flow like his original books,and it doesn't seem to read like it has been as enjoyable to write as his Wilde/Chase books,and is certainly lacking in any sense of humour.
I would say that Mcdermott would be better sticking with his original type story line,even if he changed the heros(please don't kill them off). It was like James Rollins trying to fit in with the modern way at the moment of writing about vampires,it just doesn't work as well!
Anyway,if you like Andy Mcdermott,read it anyway,we all have different tastes and you may like it,and it is always good to support UK writers