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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good technothriller

This is a surprisingly enjoyable read despite its flaws. The author's handling of dialogue and interweaving of complex science with breathtaking action certainly keep the story flowing. Tom Mankowski and Joan DeVilliers (the two main characters) and the trio of secondar...
This is a surprisingly enjoyable read despite its flaws. The author's handling of dialogue and interweaving of complex science with breathtaking action certainly keep the story flowing. Tom Mankowski and Joan DeVilliers (the two main characters) and the trio of secondary players who assist them are fully fleshed-out, but the book could have used a stronger villain. The elderly politician who conceived the ironically named Project Sunrise, the plot the protagonists have to foil, is too ill and debilitated to prove a truly frightening opponent, and his son is not strong willed enough. The killers who are after the main characters are mere caricatures, leaving the reader to wonder how these guys managed to hide in society for all this time, because they're seriously nuts. Konrath's development of the romance between Tom and Joan is handled well, perhaps the best I've read in this genre. It's realistic, doesn't take over the story, and doesn't seem to have been plopped in as an afterthought to sex up the book. Also, the fact that Tom and Joan get to be intelligent (although Joan's overconfidence in her martial arts ability leads her to do some irritatingly stupid things) is a plus. The "punch-buggy" interplay between Bert and Roy, Tom's partner on the Chicago police force, is overly juvenile, and the racial jokes get old quickly, but overall the snappy repartee is a welcome foil for the many scenes of violence and mayhem. The pace is fast, the stakes are high, and the plot takes some surprising turns. There are more typos and style and usage errors than I would expect to see in a book from a writer of this caliber, but they occur infrequently enough that most readers are likely to read right over them without noticing.

posted by Sally_Bennett_Author on July 21, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Fun Read

Have read some of the author's other works, though not as good as "Afraid," it was a fun enjoyable read.

posted by carbs_reader on April 1, 2011

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    not my cup of tea

    i like a good thriller, but this was too violent for me. i didn't finish it. sad, too, because the storyline seemed very interesting.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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