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3.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but has it's flaws **CONTAINS SPOILERS**, 27 Jan. 2012
This review is from: In2Deep (Paperback)
Much the same as everyone else I imagine, I was keen to read this after reading the great 'Diver'. It's good, well written with convincing, sympathetic characters and a good pace.
My main problem with it is the rather contrived nature of the plot. The central premise of the Polonium dispersal is a brilliant and truly frightening concept. Easily enough on its own to hang the book on. However, in order to keep the action going this is surrounded by a lot of stuff that simply doesn't make a great deal of sense.
For example, the mastermind behind the plot has the brains to think up this devastating and subtle plan that puts him at little risk. However, instead of just dropping off the practically undetectably contaminated fuel he decides to endanger the whole thing and himself by bringing along a load of extremely dangerous and easily detectable nuclear fuel rods! The 'it's a dirty bomb just in case the other stuff didn't work' explanation is thin and does not fit at all with his character- it is made very clear he's in no hurry to die for his cause.
Something else: what does he need a whole bunch of heavily armed mercenaries for?! He's either going to drop off the fuel or supposedly destroy the ship. Neither requires a small army. He already has a dozen fanatics to control the ship and the crew isn't even under duress.
That, and the stuff about Hadda's son at the end wasn't particularly convincing. It almost seemed crammed in as an afterthought when the author couldn't decide how to finish off the bad guy. I don't know, maybe if we'd been introduced to their relationship earlier it might have worked better?
Don't get me wrong, it's a good read and I was up late finishing it but too much seems to have been just shoehorned in there to move things along or give the Special Forces a target. A promising debut though and I'll be reading the next one.
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