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The Demeter Code (An International Spy Thriller) (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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This is one of those books that you cannot go into lightly, it has a very busy plot with a variety of characters to keep track of. If, like me, you’re used to reading books with a basic start, middle, end, and a small cast, this one is sure to tax your brain. Not meaning to be sexist, but this is a book that men would definitely enjoy. It contains violence, lots of it, which often felt over written, fight scenes would go on and on with excessive details and though the actual scenes were fast and furious, for me, it slowed the pace of the story and caused me to lose interest, put the book down and take my time getting back to it.
I think my main issue was that as the book started we were given various different stories, that were obviously going to tie together eventually but they were quite short and didn’t stick in my head, so I started to get confused and had to scroll back and reread bits to try and make sense of it all. That doesn’t work for me, I’m a quick fix reader who doesn’t want to have to think, I’m too impatient for that.
This is the fourth book I have read by Russell Brooks, the second that has Ridley Fox. He was a well developed character in the last book, Pandora’s Succession’ but has grown somewhat in this instalment as most people do in reality over the years, so it was nice to see that he hadn’t stayed exactly the same.
Though I didn’t particularly enjoy ‘The Demeter Code’, I can appreciate the work that has gone into it, the attention to detail, the planning to tie it all together and the thought that went into keeping all those characters and plot lines straight was pure genius on the authors part and he deserves any success he achieves through his writing skills.
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I wasn't sure how this book would work considering it cannot be like 24 where you watch the characters. However, the book was still action packed and suspenseful and it really was a total page-turner. In TV series, I'm always dying to watch the next episode and this was similar in that I always wanted to read the next chapter.
Russell has a really great writing style and I understood everything that was going on, even though it did get complicated at times. Russell and the lead characters explained everything really well and it meant there was no confusion.
I've read a couple of books in this same genre and it always ends up taking me much longer to read. However, I read this one in only a couple of nights because I could not put it down.
This is actually the third book in the Fox and Parris saga, but don't let that put you off as I haven't read the first two and still totally understood everything that was going on. I am, however, now going back to read the first two because if they are anything like this one, I know I am going to love them!
Russell Brooks has done a great deal of research ( see his bibliography at the end ) and gives very clear explanations involving biochemical developments and items of weaponry, both of which are vital to the development of the plot. Ridley is quite anarchic, always following his hunches, many of which are correct, but in so doing raising the hackles of those supposedly giving him his orders. Parrish brings her scientific knowledge to bear as well as her physical abilities, and Katy just tries to keep her head down and survive!
It is a rollicking read, a real page turner with a realistic scenario that is frightening in its concept.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It starts with action, it ends with action. The Demeter Code is my first book that comes from this author and I must say, it is a real roller-coaster story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marina
This is a farming spook story, it may sound unappealing as a regular spy story, but add in the all the normal elements you expect like car chases, gun fights, big business... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2015 by BasingstoneBook