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Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite "Scorpion Betray
"Scorpion Betrayal" by Andrew Kaplan is a thriller which barely allows the reader a second to take a gasp of air in order to get ready for the next thrill-a-minute experience. Scorpion is a man who works as a governme...
"Scorpion Betrayal" by Andrew Kaplan is a thriller which barely allows the reader a second to take a gasp of air in order to get ready for the next thrill-a-minute experience. Scorpion is a man who works as a government agent - and yet, he doesn't. He is backed up in his espionage work by the government and yet, he isn't. He finds himself trekking all over Europe in search of the "Palestinian" who is bent on massive destruction via bombs and toxic plagues. There is a love interest in the form of Najla, a Lebanese woman who tells as many lies as dogs have fleas and yet, Scorpion is strangely attracted to her.
This book is flawlessly conceived and it moves at breakneck speed. The fate of the world at large appears to be in the hands of the Palestinian who appears unstoppable. But Scorpion is so well-developed in his character that the reader cheers for Scorpion to out-manipulate him and to restore the semblance of order to the Free World. The characters are unforgettable. The reader understands the manner in which each and every player in the plot thinks, feels and acts. But even so, the reader is kept guessing as to how they will all interplay to either facilitate or rescue the common folks who are clueless as to their impending fate. Kaplan is right up there with the best of the suspense writers and this book gives him an instant and lasting credibility in his field.
posted by ReadersFavorite on May 2, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
Persuaded by the (two) reviews, I bought the book and am wonderi
Kaplan may have a background in intelligence, but clearly, he is no linguist. His attempts of introducing foreign languages are crude, and judging by the incorrect spelling of the German and Dutch quotes, one wonders whether a bit more editing would not have been appropriate (let done what Russian and Arab speakers would make of his liberally spread of attempted originality). Although Germany abolished the "Schutzpolizei" many decades ago, this does not appear to have been noticed by Kaplan who still lets them parade around Germany. Hence, when Karen P. described a "flawlessly" conceived book, she must have skipped many pages.
The most disappointing part is that the underlying plot is in itself credible and even feasible, but the execution lacks finesse and employs too frequently the famous "deus ex machina" to resolve critical situations. Hence, here's the basis of a good Hollywood movie script, and if Tom Cruise were not too busy jumping out of skyscraper windows, he would fit the role of Scorpion to the "T". In short: a well written book with a good and exciting plot that would have benefitted from a few weeks of additional work and editing.
posted by JurgenSchulze on May 17, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2013
Good story line
But, fighting sequences read like a college student's first attempt at writing. To place this writer's work up there with the best is overly generous. Maybe I was expecting more as a result of the reviews, not sure. The over use of foreign verbiage followed by it's translation was overkill that I started skipping by chapter five. Good story line but this book suffered from poor editing at best.
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