Top critical review
Half decent plot spoiled by poor writing and characterisation
on 13 June 2014
I made what in retrospect was the mistake of buying Viper 1-3 on Kindle, largely because of the positive feedback. Although the plot line was all right, indeed not bad at all, I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed with the incredibly poor editing. The book was littered with spelling errors, grammatical errors, and, even worse for me, words just being misused. I notice that the Kindle edition is now saying "re-edited in 2014", which might save some poor future readers from exploding with frustration. However, even when you get over the straightforward mistakes, I am afraid this book (indeed this series of books) also suffers from some of the most wooden characters I have ever encountered in fiction. I think it is fair to say that no-one in any of the books develops as a character at all - indeed because of the introduction to each book, which refers to the characters when they are recruited to Viper, it is strikingly unclear how old they are actually supposed to be at the date of the action taking place (which is obviously supposed to be many years later). And as if the characters weren't bad enough, they are then forced to utter dialogue which is more reminiscent of teenage schoolboys than supposedly intelligent and skilled operatives. Only a stubborn streak and a perverse desire to see what words he would misuse next got me to the end of this book. Don't go there!