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1.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Hand, 3 Oct. 2005
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This is the fourth book in the Final Destination spin-off series and easily the worst. While previous books may have padded out scenes to fill out the word count, author Steven Roman waits an incredible 200+ pages (half the book) before the 'opening' disaster occurs, albeit an impressive catastrophe involving a scenic elevator that shears off the side of a Las Vegas skyscraper. Until this point and aside from an opening death that's unrelated to ensuing events, the book is nothing but a character study of a bunch of unlikeable players, even the heroine is illustrated as arrogant and obnoxious, a fatal error if we're supposed to root for anyone at all to survive. Once the disaster is out of the way, the characters barely meet again, their unimaginitive deaths are written without any build up of tension and telegraphed so far in advance that they house absolutely no shock factor. Roman seemingly ignores the 'rules' set out in the films and polishes things off with a callous 'twist' ending that can be seen lumbering towards us over the horizon. Leave out the opening chapter and the elevator incident and there's absolutely nothing to recommend here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A different approach, 16 Feb. 2008
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If you're expecting a novel true to the Final Destination formula then look elsewhere. What made the Final Destination series so successful was a formula which hooked the viewer and created elaborate deaths as Fate caught up with those that had somehow eluded his grasp. Dead Man's Hand presents the premonition, which allows the characters to avoid death, at half way through the book - this event should shape the entire plot, yet it appears to be an action scene routinely slotted in. Thereafter the characters encounter their doom, although the deaths may be original in their design, there is none of the foreboding that the Final Destination series is famous for. What the reader is left with is an easy to read horror story, light on plot, light on real character interaction, no suspense, and a skewed use of the Final Destination license.
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