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It's not excellent - it's just about OK
on 20 August 2011
I have read all of Stephen Leather's books and the initial ones were brilliant (as were the first Dan Shepherd ones). The last was a disaster and about as believeable as flying pink elephants. OK you may say they don't need to have any sense of reality and reading is an escape from your surrounds - but I actually wonder why he is knocking out so many books in short time when the standard is dropping and dropping?
Does he really think that we believe that a woman who has hopped around between Government agencies could sanction/run an operation like the one described in this? Ms Button at one point could have some credibility (as a character) but his puppy like fawning and buying her cardboard cups of tea every time he sees her does test the imagination somewhat.
This tome at 500 + pages is around 200 pages too many. Way too much padding and then it's all over and done within the last 100 pages max.
I just wish that he would go back to writing good stories with a start, a middle and a credible end which satisfied and didn't leave me thinking 'why did I buy yet another one of his books?'
One day Stephen I won't buy any more.