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2.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, but poorly executed, 20 Jan 2006
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This review is from: Quake (Paperback)
If you enjoy films starring Arnie, or the Muscles from Brussels, or... you will probably enjoy this book too. It has pace and a certain intensity, but it is ultimately insubstantial and lightweight.
Three aspects of the book really irritated me as I read it:
- (this is a bit trivial I know) irrelevant details of motorbike technology "glancing down at the KTM LC7 757cc motorbike, ... packing 289b.h.p and a torque rating of 174 lb-ft..." do not add anything to the story
- while I can suspend my disbelief about the metamorphosis of a human to a Nex, for some reason the all seeing, all powerful ECube really narks me.. it's just a James Bond gadget with no basis in reality
-but most of all, no matter how far the fall, how strong the opponent, how many bullets are fired, how desperate the situation, Carter always survives; no matter how many opponents, he always shoots them (in the face, from the back of a motorbike at long range, with a 9mm pistol for heavens sake!). He's more immune to pain than the Green Knight in MP & the Holy Grail - Shot in the back? just keep on walking and fighting; broken your knuckles? just keep on hitting with them.
And it's this last superhero like immortality that really grates with me. Too often the author takes the easy way out by making Carter win against impossible odds when in any sort of remotely logical conclusion he would be sausage meat. It smacks of lazy writing to me.
So, you pays your money... If you like this fast paced nonsense then you'll probably love the book. But I didn't.
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