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Most Helpful Favorable Review

12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Solid Debut of a New Series

Joseph Finder - the talented author of such novels as "High Crimes" and "The Moscow Club" - enters the arena of the continuing-character series with the introduction of Nick Heller in his latest offering "Vanished".

Nick Heller's an ex-Special Forces veteran of Bosn...
Joseph Finder - the talented author of such novels as "High Crimes" and "The Moscow Club" - enters the arena of the continuing-character series with the introduction of Nick Heller in his latest offering "Vanished".

Nick Heller's an ex-Special Forces veteran of Bosnia and Iraq, with unique skills he now uses as an investigator for an executive-level "consulting" firm that specializes in solving "problems" for major corporations and other elite clients.

Nick's older brother Roger has vanished, the apparent victim of a crime in which Roger's wife Lauren was beaten into a near coma. When summoned by a frantic phone call from Lauren's son Gabe, Nick determines to find his brother at all costs, and as he delves into the case he finds himself exploring a labyrinthine conspiracy involving massive sums of money embezzled from the war zone, corporate takeovers, and the world of modern day mercenary soldiers also known as "civilian contractors".

Nick's a good character for a series: charming, just the right amount of insolence, and tough enough to do the job. He's somewhat along the lines of Elvis Cole, without the Joe Pike backup. I look forward to following his further adventures.

But there were a few problems with this book that prevent that fifth star.

First of all, the "conspiracy" was just a tad TOO involved and intricate, making it hard to follow through the story, and a bit outside the credibility limits, at least for me. Too many of the characters were hard to keep straight without a scorecard. I kept finding myself going: "Huh? Which guy was this again?".

When we find out about the involvement of one of the characters (can't be more specific without revealing a major spoiler), it was so glossed over - especially as to consequences for that character - that it was a major dissonance.

But in many cases, first entries of continuing series aren't the best, as the characters (and style) develop over time in subsequent books. The first Bob Lee Swagger novel ("Point of Impact") is very different from his later - and more refined - efforts. The same can be said of the Jack Reacher, Elvis Cole, Mitch Rapp, Lucas Davenport, and Harry Bosch novels.

So, good entertainment, looking forward to more of this character, a solid four stars.

posted by Brian_Baker on July 18, 2009

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Interesting, but don't get your hopes up on a compelling read.

When I read the synopsis I was totally intrigued. I thought it would be a page turner, but I was wrong. The plot is interesting. If you're into politics and gov't conspiracies it's a good book. The main character is funny and kicks ass. I was constanyly guessing wh...
When I read the synopsis I was totally intrigued. I thought it would be a page turner, but I was wrong. The plot is interesting. If you're into politics and gov't conspiracies it's a good book. The main character is funny and kicks ass. I was constanyly guessing what would would happen next, but I was usually wrong. I'm not sure if that's good or bad. There is no sexual content, which was a let down (that was one thing I was anticipating). The relationships were interesting.

posted by blueskyes on October 17, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Disappointed

    Couldn't make up my mind what type of story this was. If it was action Flynn and Thor do it better. If it was process, DeMille. If it was if it was plot stick with Berry. Ending left me NOT wanting more.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Painful to get through

    Disappointed!
    The book was boring, dijointed. Painful. Wish I had gotten the abridged version. It could have been a 4-5 disc book & it would still be a boring plot.

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