Customer Review

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ignorance of Blood, 7 Dec 2010
This review is from: The Ignorance of Blood (Paperback)
First off, to any potential readers, you quite simply must read the first three Javier Falcon novels before reading this. The first three are "stand-alone-ish" and can be read on their own, however this one not only picks up immediately after book three but also refers heavily to books one and two.

This is Wilson's Falcon finale. This was always planned to be the final book in the quartet and this book was intended to be THE big book that ended the entire saga. Sadly, for me anyway, it fails to complete the saga adequately.

The first three books, in my opinion, are astonishing. "Blind Man"; "Silent & Damned"; "Hidden Assasins" not only introduce but establish Javier Falcon, and characters such as Alicia Aguado, Esteban Calderon, Consuelo Jiminez, Jose Luis Ramirez, Comisario Lobo, as well as Perez, Ines, Yacoub, Jorge, Ferrera and a whole lot more. There are a lot of characters.

Over the course of the first three books we've had murder, domestic violence, "high society", Paedophiles, Russian Mafia, Islamic Fundamentalism and international terrorism. This book is intended to be the incredible climax to this deep, involving opus.

Simply: Wilson attempts too much and allows the story to become too big for him. What started off in "Blind Man" as a serial killer evolves in to secret services, spies, double-agents, plot-twists, court appearances, Catholic Fanaticism, Islamic Fundamentalism, domestic violence, Russian Mafia wars, bombings, high end business deals, corrupt politicians, paedophiles... ayayay! It all spirals away from Wilson and, sadly, in the end I think he gives up on a lot of the loose ends, desperate to bring the saga to an end as quickly as possible.

What started out as a captivating sprawl through "The Falcon Diaries" in book one; to a savagely sinister uncovering of a paedophile ring in book two; to stopping an ingenious plot to bomb London in book three - and managing to keep these entwined somehow - book four deteriorates into..? Into? Into!? Well, what IS this book about in the end?

Towards the end of the book (and I won't give away any spoilers) there is a bit where Falcon and his unit go undercover in a hotel, disguised as staff, to catch the bad guys. This is it: this is heads of state, major business players, mafia, secret agents... the lot. This is the climatic showdown. This is how the book ends. This is how the SAGA ends. This is going to be incredible reading, like the previous three books.

Honestly, Wilson rushes it, he fails to elaborate where it's needed, he just - I don't know - it just seems that at this point he realises the story's got away from him, become too big for him, and just ties up the loose ends and goes for a corny ending. A proper corny ending, too. Shame.

I really mean this when I say that Javier Falcon could possibly have gone down as one of the most important and endearing detectives in the "noughties"; up there with Michael Linqvist and Robert Langdon. The first three books, in my opinion anyway, were THAT GOOD. The finale is a total letdown, and that's sad. Really sad.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (58 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (23)
4 star:
 (24)
3 star:
 (7)
2 star:
 (4)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
7.99 5.90
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: Swindon, Wiltshire United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,644,789