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3.0 out of 5 stars Stick to the satire, 13 Sept. 2011
This review is from: The First Casualty (Paperback)
Ben Elton has departed from his usual quirky satire here, and has gone for a more traditional action/romance/whodunnit. Perhaps he felt he had to prove himself in a different genre, but the result is rather formulaic and not up to his usual high standard. (Having recently read the excellent Blind Faith, I found the difference quite glaring.) The plot is interesting enough. It is quite improbable, but improbability is a standard feature of this genre, so I'm not complaining about that. The whodunnit aspect was convoluted enough for a simple soul like me, and the writing style is simple and direct, which I like. The characters, however, were rather stereotypical and wooden. The only one who seemed at all real - and hence possible to identify with - was the villain. The sex was a bit formulaic and unnecessary too. Why do writers think that their heroes have to have interesting sex lives for their books to be successful? Oh well, maybe they do. I will probably read more books by Ben Elton, but will stick to his off-the-wall dystopian satires in future.
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John Williams
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