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Jack Reacher-esque it is not: It's a "no" from me!,
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This review is from: Dead Men's Dust: Joe Hunter: Book One (Kindle Edition)
The overriding theme of this book eclipses the actual storyline itself, and is simply this: Dead Men's Dust is trying (very hard) to ride on the coat-tails of the Jack Reacher (Lee Child) franchise, and not doing a very good job of it either.
The cover of the book itself is a tip off, being as it is evocative of the covers of any number of the Jack Reacher books, which I am sure is deliberate! Despite realizing this before making my purchase, I went ahead, as I am a big fan of the Jack Reacher books and was hoping for something in the same ballpark. Disappointment followed in short order.
The characterization is shallow and implausible, trying too hard to hit the "stone cold ex-military mercenary-with-a-heart" mark, but lacking any of the depth and texture of the heavy hitters in the field; Lee Child of course, and Chris Ryan, Andy McNab and others.
The main issue with the book, however, is that by trying to subconsciously allude to the Lee Child et al. fanbase in terms of the cover, blurb and plot, the reader finds themselves constantly (whether they wish to or not!) comparing Dead Men's Dust to the work and style of these other writers, and unfortunately this book comes off like the novel that brought a knife to the proverbial gunfight.
At best I would say that the book is readable if shallow, but not particularly well structured nor plotted, and very naive in style.
If I hadn't bought the book no doubt I would keep wondering if it was a good pick, but suffice to say I won't be bothering with anything else of this genre from the author.
Looking at the way that all of the negative reviews for this book are being marked as "unhelpful" even when they are objective and informative... It is almost as if someone is deliberately voting down reviews that do not praise the book...