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on 8 March 2016
The protagonist in Long Lost, Myron Bolitar, breaks through the fourth wall by talking directly to the reader about themselves, and continues in this irritating, false-self-deprecating vein throughout the rest of the novel. If Myron's voice was meant to be self-deprecating, it misses the mark. If it was meant to be funny, it misses the mark. If it was meant to be sarcastic...you guessed it...it misses the mark. At best, it is jarring, irritating, and dislocationary (throwing the reader out of the story). At worst it is arrogant, pushing the reader to not care at all about what happens to Myron.
Having muddled through a good third of the book, following Myron to meet with his ex-lover, get arrested several times by the French police, who then share their intimate secrets and then immediately let him go (which anyone who has dealt with French officials, especially in Paris, will tell you is nigh on impossible - so again, totally unrealistic), have a James-Bond-esque shoot out with mobsters and escape unscathed, and be rescued by his billionaire friend to be whisked off to a London hotel, as if the French police wouldn't be able to trigger their connections with the British police via Interpol, to arrest Myron and his friend on arrival in London, I completely lost the plot (whatever plot there was to follow).
I found it difficult to build up any sort of emotional link with any of the characters, and the entire plot was haphazardly wrapped around some past relationship that the protagonist had with a one-time fling.
The main charactor, Myron, somehow oscillated between being a goofy, cannot-hold-onto-a-thought-or-relationship, awkward home-grown American man, to some international man of mystery with amazing reactions and shooting skills. (Myron manages to overpower a man sitting in front of him at the table, hitting the man with the table without getting shot, then grabbing the gun and shooting another man dead in a single shot, across a crowded restaurant, without hitting anyone else or even thinking about the repercussions.)
I would expect this sort of storyline from a creative writing student who is just starting out, not from a best selling author. This really felt like one of James Patterson's write-by-numbers "thrillers" which leave the reader feeling like they just wasted time in reading the book.