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A step too far.
on 8 August 2006
Sorry, I loved the previous novels,but this one took an idea that was well past it's sell-by and stretched it into another novel.
Removing the main 2 characters and replacing them with 2 new, less well imagined ones, along with using the bit parts from the previous novels to fill in the spaces....Yawn.
I struggled to motivate myself to read the last chapter, in fact, I nearly didn't, it was so obvious.
I loved the first four J Wells novels, but this one seemed empty.
"Earth air,fire and custard" was supposed to be the finale, and resurrecting it was a mistake.
Tom Holt is excellent at what he does, and I personally rated the J. Wells series as his best....until now.
Even the bit part characters lost their sparkle, they were just too predictable.
However, if you want it in your collection for completeness, buy it, there are far worse out there.