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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
Once more into the thick of things
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Not the one to start with
It was both enjob...
It was both enjobable and a disappointment. Perry's Jane is still intriguing, and I like the acknowledgment of the changes happening in her ability to hide/run.
What I didn't find believable was the villain's end of the tale. The character Perry created would not have bothered to chase his prey UNTIL the threat presented to him that would have him take that path. Additionally, the opening action felt not only over the top, but didn't quite make sense. The perspective change with chapters didn't work until after the first few chapters.
Jane's angst over her relationship with her spouse felt stale and repetitive and, if you haven't read the previous tales, rather unnecessary for the current tale. That part of the series didn't seem to move forward at all.
Even with all the problems, Perry's writing is still tight, and he moves you along quickly.
I would highly recommend the previous books in his Jane Whitefield series, but this one only to those of us who missed Jane so much we're willing to let this one be the placeholder until we get the next, and hopefully better, one.
posted by reader100 on March 29, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2009
RUNNER disappoints, despite strong ending!
Thomas Perry's RUNNER has a strong and unusual premise, a woman who helps people in danger escape, hide, and start over. The main character, Jane Whitefield, has been been leading a conventional life for the past ten years when she unexpectedly receives a call for help. The story takes off from there. Although the main character is interesting, she is not particularly well-developed. References to her Native American heritage fall flat, as they are not well-explained, do not seem pertinent to the storyline, and apparently depend on the reader's having read earlier novels for their impact. None of the characters, in fact, have real substance, causing the reader to lose interest rapidly. Another shortcoming is the book's pace. Whitefield spends entirely too much time explaining the demands and dangers associated with running. The reader finds his mind wandering. The second half of the book picks up considerably. The taut action sequences near the end lead to a satisfying conclusion. Overall, the book could/should have been shorter and more focused.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.