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I found A Noble Cause to be slow to start with disjointed scene setting and fairly weak characters. Much of the plot was predictable and somewhat cliched. On the plus side it is written in short chapters but to compare J Gregory Smith to Dean Koontz or Richard Condon is to set the author on a pedestal he does not yet deserve to be on and is ultimately disappointing to the reader who has high expectations as a result. The premise of the plot was exciting and interesting but, for me, Mr Smith did not achieve its full potential with his storytelling.
Ok whilst I read it, but quite forgettable afterwards.
J. Gregory Smith has written an excellent book which moves at a good pace. The characters are nicely fleshed out and there are some surprise plot twists that I didn't see coming. If you enjoy a good thriller than why not give A Noble Cause a read. Thank you for reading my review.
I won't be trying any other books by this author.
The book doesn't start too well, with a corny prologue designed to demonstrate the power of mind control, set at "Dr Fang's Venom Research Centre". The amateurish feel is furthered by the introduction of some cliched characters, including: a Jamaican who finishes every sentence with "Mon" and pops thugs with perfectly thrown cricket balls; the James Bond style villain with a wise-cracking henchman and, of course, the ex-special forces guy who just happens to work on the same boat as Mark Noble.
On the positive side, Smith does have a good sense of how to pace a thriller. It hardly slows from Vanessa's kidnapping to the finale; a wise move, since any lengthy breather would allow the reader to notice the absurdity and familiarity of most of the set pieces. For an absent minded read on a beach or sat in a departure lounge it's perfect, requiring little thought but leaving no lasting impression of character or plot.
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