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New Target for a Team America Parody
on 1 July 2010
To start with a positive, the central theme is different and interesting. However it is well telegraphed and by page 54 you should be able to get 90%+ of the plot - one of the breathy reviewers on the jacket squeals "a great plot twist... all I can say is hang on for the ride". All I can say is don't, and preferably don't pay the entrance money. The plot twist doesn't turn up and you know what's happening an eighth of the way through the book.
There is some reasonable humour although it usually gets dragged down by clunky and obvious statements in the dialogue. This is compounded by the author's need to glorify the physically perfect (e.g. from p1: hero "eased his chiselled, 6'4"", 230-pound frame under the surging liquid") and uber-deadly violence of his main characters, using gushing language which at several points makes you want to yell "America - F - yeah!".
Amusingly the devastatingly professional killing brilliance of his (yet whimsically charming) heroes at times seems to utterly desert them, providing several moments of annoying inconsistency where scenes they should have handled with ease become complicated and compounded in the attempt to maintain the thread of the increasingly tenuous (and determinedly not twisting) plot.
So with dialogue which is often clunky and ripe for parody, and a plot which is obvious early on and forced through via several inconsistent scenes, this is definitely a book to avoid.
In the foreword the author tells us that this was his first novel, now re-written after his subsequent successes and re-released, claiming that he has corrected several errors that were in the first edition and which are typical of beginner authors. Hmmm. You missed a bit Christopher, quite a bit, but please don't re-issue a third edition