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Spy (Alex Hawke Series #4)

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

    Shallow characters. Full of mistakes about technology. Worst ste

    Shallow characters. Full of mistakes about technology. Worst stereotypes.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

    Hokey

    This was my first Ted Bell novel. I struggled through it until I couldn't handle it anymore and gave up half way. It didn't zing me. The dialog was sophomoric and cutesy in many places: "Harry Brock could take a licking and keep on ticking." Ugh! This Timex watch ad line is outdated. Could it be Mr. Bell's former company, Leo Burnett, had the Timex account. Throughout the book misspelled words abound. At one point, Bell confuses the characters talking and identifies both with the same name. Huh? On page 223 he describes an 18-wheel tractor without its trailer as having 4 wheels. Better check again Mr. Bell, a tractor has 6 wheels. Characters are one dimensional and shallow. Writing is weak. Syntax is awful. His description of the Texas sheriff and deputy is nothing short of a corny representative of Andy Griffith and Barney Fife. Even the names he uses are stilted. The novel is an Indiana Jones derring do done badly. FYI Mr. Bell: The word is spelled BEcause not 'cause. His description of the Amazon terrorist compound with its high tech weaponry, advanced computer monitoring et al is a bit farfetched even for fiction. The situations he presents: Mexican illegals, drug cartels, terrorists et al are real and serious. But Mr. Bell uses cartoon like action hero characters to deal with them using silly dialog. Of course like most of the so called "thriller" (that's a stretch) genre all the women are Playmates of the Month sex objects who are about as deep as a birdbath. Yet they're all described as "brilliant" professionals or scientists or something by the book cover blub writers who entice us to buy the book. Difficult to decide if he's trying to be funny or just lacks the depth of a serious writer (even fiction) to tell a good story based on real situations. Don't think I'll pursue any others.

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