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The plot is truly compelling, although it really shouldn't be, in the sense that it is told through matter-of-fact, first person narrative with barely any variation in emotion. The main character (Richard Paladin) is fascinating, with his cold, stark perspective on life, which obviously shapes his approach to his work, and even the way he questions the orders he is given. That said, there are couple of nice little twists in there where we get to see a little deeper into Paladin's soul, and some wonderfully subtle, dry humour.
I can't say much more than this without giving the story away, but I have to admit I'm hooked and eager to read the rest of the Richard Paladin series.
A thoroughly enjoyable thriller, I look forward to reading more Paladin...
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Manuel not only does a first-class job in creating well-rounded, believable characters, he paints a superb picture of American life, both through his character's observations and through his meticulous attention to location details. I haven't hung out at the kind of bar Paladin frequents (doubt women would be welcome), but I've stayed in the kind of hotels he stays in, driven on some of those roads, and Emanuel's descriptions of Washington are spot-on.
I'm an environmentalist, so I was particularly interested in Paladin's cover being a job with the Environmental Protection Agency. Except Paladin isn't sure what his job at the EPA entails. This puts him in a sticky position down the line, but that's as much as I'll say about the plot as this is a thriller and it wouldn't do to throw out spoilers. You'll have to read the book and find out what that's all about, and I highly recommend you do. It's a well-written story that not only entertains, but captures aspects of the American culture beautifully. Despite not being head over heels in love with Paladin, I can't wait to see what he'll get up to in the next book of the series.
What makes this novel different and better than the others is Richard Paladin. David Manuel, the author, has the gift of putting Richard in a room and being able to make the story filled with laughs. No matter where Richard is, whether it's the airport, the mall, or watching Fox News and commenting on Bill O'Reilly, my one thought is that he has put the fun back in reading in a big way.
The plot is great and believable, with Paladin being professional in his career choice much like Michael Weston in Burn Notice. He is the ultimate expert in creating the murder and making it an accident at the same time, only adding to the suspense of the story. Wrapping up the story at the end also shows how the author is not only able to tie everything together but also include several surprises as well.
The story is a great blend of comedy, action, and suspense mixed together to make a great read. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more of the series.