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don't get your hopes up for another rousing foray into the world of intelligent and skilled operatives thwarting the bad guys
on 2 April 2015
If you are a James Rollins fan, don't get your hopes up for another rousing foray into the world of intelligent and skilled operatives thwarting the bad guys. "Co-written" by Grant Blackwood, it is obvious from the first page that The Kill Switch is not from Rollins' pen. Rollins introduced us to Tucker Wayne in an earlier novel but Blackwood hasn't the skill to do the character justice. The writing is disjointed, the characters two-dimensional and it is poorly researched and edited. The premise of the story, finding the granddaddy of all plant life, is interesting enough, but the author gives only the most basic scientific references and in comparison with the Sigma Series this book seems very much "dumbed down". The characters' reasoning is often a mystery and thought processes are included as an after thought (pun not intended) rather than as a cohesive part of the narrative. I struggled to find a chapter without at least one ineptly crafted sentence that raised the hackles of my grammatically correct inner self (i.e. "he replaced the rocks back where they had been" "to whoever finds this"). I was very disappointed with this book and very disappointed that James Rollins is going the way of James Patterson.