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Now and Then (Donovan Creed Book 4) by [Locke, John]
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Now and Then (Donovan Creed Book 4) Kindle Edition

3.1 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
Book 4 of 12 in Donovan Creed (12 Book Series)
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Locke reminds me of a cross between Jim Thompson and Carl Hiaasen.' Mike Shatzkin.

About the Author

John Locke is the first writer to sell over a million self-published ebooks on Amazon. He has had 4 titles among the top 10 selling ebooks on Amazon simultaneously, as well as 6 of the top 20. He lives in Kentucky.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P4A7C8
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can't remember now how I came across the Donavon Creed novels and I was really in two minds about the first one (as indeed was Donovan!). However, I carried on and read the following two by which time his (Donovans') character seemed to have undergone a slight change and he seemed less likely to kill someone for any particularly trivial reason.

At this stage I had not really decided how much I liked the series but at 70 odd p hey - I have a habit to indulge and the books kept my attention pretty well!
Ok, finally I have arrived at 'now and then' which title becomes obvious about half way through. In fact 'Half Way Through' might have been a better title as that is where Mr Locke left me and his other readers as he embarked on a wee pirate escapade. I must say that I enjoyed the pirate section and felt that it all ended quite well - happy ever after etc...

However, I expected - as did many other readers - to return to the developing story from the first half of the book. But no - Mr Locke had other ideas - or perhaps he didn't?

Here are some of my thoughts on why he didn't 'finish the first part of the story;

1, As previously mentioned he ran out of ideas?
2, He got bored with it all and just left it?
3, He bet someone that he could get away with leaving the story where it was and people would still buy it and continue to read his books?
4, He died? Of course not - he has written more stories since - hopefully some of these have an ending?
5, He has invented a new type of fiction where the author just stops writing where he feels like it and the reader must complete the book? In this case we hardly need to buy the book - he could just invent a title and leave the rest to us.
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Now & Then. The Donavan Creed, series book 4, continues the story line of a deadly assassin working for the U.S. Governments Homeland security. I say `continues' the story, but I'm afraid John Locke, the author has lost the plot. The character Donavan Creed a deadly assassin who was killing terrorists in the first two books and taking contract killing from mobsters on the side, is now flitting around a small Florida town cooking, yes! cooking, (and he gives you the recipes) whilst chasing a feeble story line of a missing girl, lost treasure and a `pocket' book on the history of pirates. Give me strength! Please get back to the old Donavan Creed.
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The Donovan Creed adventures normally focus on Creed's capers as a billionaire hitman, womaniser, paranoic-cool-dude. This one is an oddity in that it plonks Creed in a domestic situation for half the book -- and then tells an historical tale of pirate adventures in the second half.
The two plot threads are related, but for some strange reason there's no conclusion to pull it all together at the end. Instead the modern-day situation is left hanging (and some of the characters languish indefinitely with their stories never told) and the book comes to an abrupt end.
Having said that, I still found it extremely entertaining and enjoyable. A hapless amateur is determined to kill Creed, and his attempts end in comic moments which Locke deftly underplays. Creed himself is as interesting as always: a semi-sociopath, hugely intelligent, handsome and suave and with a Lear jet at his disposal, who oozes tradecraft and spystuff from every pore.
So 'Now and Then' includes the usual mix of sex and violience and witty dialogue. It's just... different. That could've been different in a good way, but for the lack of resolution at the end which made it less satisfying than the other books in this massively popular series.
So I'd say it's worth reading if you've enjoyed the first three and want to know the complete Creed story. But this is definitely NOT the one to start with for your first Creed adventure... I probably wouldn't have bothered with the others if I'd read this first.
7/10
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This is by far the worst in the series. John Locke is all over the place with the plot.
We are backward and foreward in time.Creed no longer seems to be the cold hearted hitman he now likes to cook and has become all domesticated.We have had circus Midgets(little people)in previous books in this one we get pirates.

I skipped page after page on this one the only saving grace was its only 59p.
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I was kinda enjoying a pacey routine killer mystery when I must have dozed off and woken up in a re make of Treasure Island without the parrot.(But there is a bald cat). I still don't really know what I missed. Having said all that, the show was redeemed by humour. At one point the pirates threaten to rape the townsfolk's livestock. When questioned they clarify the matter by saying it will only be the pretty ones. A would be assassin ends up with swollen testicles, broken arm and leg, plus severe burns in a series of slapstick mishaps. I read it because he is the million copies sold guy. He can write and he's got humour so I'll be reading more.
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I'm so disappointed. I loved johns first two books in this series but the third one was a bit disappointing and this one is actually awful!!!! Half of the plots aren't finished and the actual story itself is stupid!
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