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3.5 stars, but a bit too much violence in this one
on 8 January 2016
This is the 5th Sam Archer book I have read, but it wasn't as good as Silent Night or
Nine Lives. I think the author "painted himself into a corner" by having all the action take
place inside a 22 storey block of apartments. There are only so many ways of making interesting
the running up and down flights of stairs and the racing down the corridors to find another empty
apartment to hide in.
In the other books, the action was spread out more between Sam and his colleagues, even if Sam
was usually the "final hero". In this book, there was very little for the rest of his team to do other than
stand around outside the building and wonder if Sam was still alive. There was what seemed to me
an unnecessary lot of killing - I lost count at about 40 people! and I couldn't understand why Alice
(one of the marshalls) didn't mention the sniper to her boss when she had the chance.
There was an interesting twist two-thirds through the book which I hadn't seen coming and made more
sense of the intensity of the attacks by the bad guys. There was no sex in the book.
I would read another in the series, and hope the locations are more interesting.