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Good premise poorly executed,
This review is from: Black Wind : (Paperback)
There is a good story to be made of the basic plot elements in this book. The problem is that this book isn't it. Other reviewers have noted the rather two-dimensional characters but to be honest I could live with that. The real issue is the wooden writing style. Sentences change tense regularly without rhyme or reason, but the biggest issue is the techno-babble. Fortunately this is usually only brief but disturbingly regular, and somehow seems artificially wedged in, almost as an afterthought, as if Cussler thought dropping in some superficial specs for some breathing apparatus or whatever would better establish a sense of place. If that's the case it fails miserably each time: instead of adding credibility the suspension of disbelief is immediately lifted, and you are once again aware you are a poorly written novel. More broadly, I couldn't help but compare the general writing style to Enid Blyton: it is a simplistic style and structure that may be perfectly fine for children, but is lacking the subtle refinements and nuances of a deeply satisfying adult read.