Enjoyable but lacking in character,
This review is from: No Return (Paperback)
"No Return" was a fast-paced and interesting read set in the Mojave desert were a film crew witness the crash of an F-18 Navy fighter. TV Cameraman Wes Stewart races to help the downed pilot but is not able to save his life.
However Wes has now stumbled into a conspiracy with regard to the identity of the pilot and soon finds himself getting into more and more trouble. When members of the film crew go missing and old friends from Wes's youth in the nearby town appear, things get more and more complex.
There were several threads in this story that worked together at the end which kept me guessing as to precisely what was going on. I enjoyed the story but found some aspects lacking, notably the complete lack of any sort of characterisation for any of the people in the story. They all just acted, said things to each other, tried to avoid bad guys etc. Although we're following the story mostly from Wes's eyes I felt I knew almost nothing about him.
There were a number of coincidences in this story (not least that Wes was on site) and I also felt that the incompetence of some of the people tailing Wes, as well as the convenience of a friend of his who seems able very quickly to hack into military secrets, made the story feel not entirely believable. Although I enjoyed it I was far from convinced and found it overall rather unmemorable.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2013