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2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven writing, but a solid plot make `Three Days to Dead' a mixed debut..., 11 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Three Days to Dead (Mass Market Paperback)
'Three Days to Dead' has a unique premise, interesting plot, and is technically proficient, however, it lacks the emotion and detail that would make it exceptional.

Evy Stone is a hunter, a member of an elite and secret branch of the police force that enforces order over the "dregs". When she is resurrected in someone else's body, the clock begins ticking to recover her memories, find her killer, and prevent a catastrophic alliance between vampires and goblins. Unlike several other reviewers, I don't think the knowledge that she will somehow survive the book, despite the stated three-day limit on her life, ruins the book in any way. Lets face it; basic common sense tells you that the protagonist of any series is going to survive, no matter how imminent and deadly the danger might seem. The interesting and more important part is exactly how she will survive, and building suspense over that is something Meding accomplishes.

The characters in 'Three Days' are unique. Wyat Truman, Evy's handler/supervisor when she was a hunter, is not the ultra-alpha hero, the genius who has it all under control, or the lover who's affections border on stalking. He seems a fairly normal person with special skills. Evy herself is not perfect; she doesn't find everything to be smooth sailing in her new body, she has serious emotional problems dealing with her returned memories, and she makes several bad decisions which result in harm to innocents that she does not just easily brush aside. The secondary characters are also not typical; the vampires are not all evil, some of the prettiest denizens of the non-human world are fairly useless, and some of the ugliest and most disgusting are the most entertaining. Although the characters were interesting, that is not enough to carry the book. More world development and background information would have been beneficial to make them really come to life.

Meding's writing is technically proficient, which is more than can be said for many new writers in the exploding urban fantasy market; there are no typos, spelling errors, poor grammar, or annoying and cutesy phrases replacing curses, such as "turn you" or "go bite something". Unfortunately her writing lacks the emotion and pacing that would make this an excellent book. One of the most mysterious skills of an excellent writer is their ability to select specific words to not just state an emotion, but make the reader feel it, to not just portray a fight scene, but make the reader believe they should be ducking and dodging along with the main character. Whether Meding will develop this skill in future works remains to be seen, but I have my fingers crossed.
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