Fast pace, bit clunky in places,
This review is from: City of the Sun (Hardcover)
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If you're a fan of US crime thrillers, this is probably worth a try. David Levien is a screenwriter, so the pace is fast, and it's hard to put this book down. His writing, as you would expect, is a model of clarity, and you can see each scene so clearly in your head you could actually be watching a movie.
There are some flaws. The characters are a bit stereotypical - they could have come straight out of a Hollywood movie. Having said that, they aren't badly depicted, just not particularly original. Occasionally I felt the descriptions of the scene were a bit clunky - a chunk of description at the beginning (like you would get with a film script) rather than sliding the relevant details into the text gradually. But it's a minor flaw, because the plot keeps going, so I doubt most readers will even be aware of it.
I also felt the book lost it's way a little at the end. The best action scene of the book, involving the main bad guy, takes place a bit before the end. The scenes that followed it lacked a bit of the edge of the earlier ones. The final page also seemed a bit weak - I can't say too much without giving the plot away, but I felt it was a bit flat, and lacked a bit of appeal to the emotions of the readers, given that this was a book about a child abduction.
I should stress though, that whilst these flaws detract from the story, they do so in a minor way. This book is still a real page-turner, and I will definitely be buying the next one by this author.