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2.0 out of 5 stars Awful, awful writing, and rather dull story, 2 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: The Lost Angel (Paperback)
Disclaimer: I'm a native Spanish speaker and I am reading this in the original Spanish. Therefore, unlike the previous reviewer, I can't comment on (or blame) the translation.
Second disclaimer: I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm two thirds into it and so far everything has advanced exactly in the way I predicted. And I'm writing this review at this point because the issues are *that* nagging; I can't foresee anything happening that will completely change my appreciation -or lack thereof- of this book.

Characters are uni-dimensional, the plot manages to meander all over the place -and time- while remaining predictable. And the writing is *that* awful: there's an over-reliance on technobabble that adds absolutely nothing other than irritation to the reading experience, that becomes tiresome. Example:

"The GPS connected via bluetooth to the earbuds in her pink fiber glass helmet indicated the distance left to arrive"

It feels heavily like the writer wanted to give a James Bond-like experience, trying to write with a hard edge, which only results in irritation with a minutiae of details that are completely irrelevant, as they don't serve to flesh out the story or characters, but just to make it sound pretentious and, in a few years' time, dated. Because seriously, do we NEED to know that someone is using an iPad instead of an unspecified portable computer? Or bluetooth earpieces? Or the cilinder specs of a rented motorcycle that the pink-helmet wearing character is taking to move from a to b? And the answer is, obviously, NO. That before even starting on a military no-nonsense woman selecting a pink helmet when trying to go unnoticed.

So far, the main female character is irritatingly naive, the main male character appears to not be that much better, the token "bad" guy even has the suitable moustache to twirl, the Americans are of course covered in conspiracy, the English are charmingly cooky and the Spanish can't even seem to swear properly.

Pick it up for a fast read over your holiday, just don't expect to be blown away by it. Or pass on it altogether, you won't be missing much.
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