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2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 24 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Shovel Ready (Spademan 1) (Paperback)
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This was a real missed opportunity. Did like some things about it and would have probably given it two and a half stars if I could.
The writing style is impressive and the author does do a good job in keeping it consistent and the hardboiled style does suit the story. At times it does almost veer into parody and it is quite contrived. It seems the type of thing that impresses critics and fellow journalists much more than readers.

The hero is that character beloved of the film industry - the hit man with a heart. He won't kill children but will kill anyone else. Of course you don't see him killing lots of blameless people over eighteen as that would lose the audience's sympathy. The author does a spectacularly bad job in showing why anyone would hire him or would even need to. He just seems to walk into people's rooms and have at them with a Stanley knife.
That leads me onto the world building. It makes no sense whatsoever and is ridiculously inconsistent. I don't really want to give away any spoilers so I won't go into details.
The plot itself was very predictable. Sort of inception (very) light. Everything is just all too easy for the hero.

I really wanted to like this and in many ways it is almost a good book. The film rights have been sold and that isn't too surprising. It is normally easier to suspend your disbelief when watching a film but even then people are going to notice the problems with the weak plot unless the screenwriters substantially change it.
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