Ronald Temple, with his Zeiss binoculars and oxygen machine, is a well-created character with a plausible axe to grind. He spies on his neighbours seeing suspicious behaviour everywhere and looking for an opportunity to be an all-American-hero. But, Ronald feels guilty and hears voices…
Then the story, though very readable, starts to falter when a family under some kind of witness protection arrives but with only one protecting agent: Jason is the armed, ex-military serviceman who exists in so many other books and films it’s like meeting an old friend.
I soon began to wonder if James Patterson had much to do with this short story? It doesn’t flow well, and although I did want to read it to the conclusion, I was left disappointed. I conclude that Brendan DuBois wrote this from a draft or concept belonging to James Patterson.
Would James Patterson have ever written this? ...
CHAPTER 17: A second or two passes, feeling like an hour. He smiles. “Of course.” His right hand slowly goes to his pocket and her throat is dry, her hand is on her holster, and he comes back with the wallet, from which he pulls out a driver’s licence.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for encouraging new authors, but I feel it is wrong to use established authors’ names to promote them. Maybe a review, synopsis or forward, written by James Patterson would be better?
I’ll rate this as 3-star book if written James Patterson – because he is capable of much better.
As Brendan DuBois’s first book – I’d give it an encouraging 4 stars and look out for more of his work.
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