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Not quite third strike and out but getting there
on 25 June 2012
I'm always a bit doubtful when well respected authors help to promote someone else's books and this one turned out to be no exception. The book's okay and, if you've followed the all-action female hero, you know what to expect. And that's just the trouble. There is little that is unexpected in this book, except that Charlie Fox's parents play almost centre stage, a really strange turn of events, given that they have appeared in earlier books to be rather less than adventurous.
As before, in the first few pages Charlie takes out her stress on an unsuspecting bloke and, strangely, the poor sap agrees to help her later in the book when no-one else will. Must be her winning ways with men. Which leads me nicely on to Sean Meyer, another strong-armed warrior, the protector of females - well, one, anyway - when they land themselves in deep trouble. This, of course, is what Charlie does very well. Frankly, she wouldn't stand a chance in other books but there we are. This series is about her so we have to go with the flow. Except that without Meyer, there would be no flow. He doesn't say much; he's always right but then, as far as I remember he's ex-Special Forces so that's all right then, too. Anyway, he's given the role of looking as though he knows what he's doing which is, in fact, a big help, otherwise no book 4 in this series.
The storyline is bizarre but inevitable; authors need to include new twists on heavyweight crime in order to sell books. A crooked top man in a certain US agency, his mind-numbingly stupid helpers, suffering the ignominy of distorted facial features thanks to Charlie's cruel ways and yet another main man who can pull strings just when they're needed. It's all a bit precious, really.
I won't spoil the ending because it's the only reason I will give book 4 a try. I just have to see where the author takes this turn of events. I'm not hopeful. She pads out her stories far too much for my taste actually so book 4 may not be the eye-opener I am wishing for. We shall see.