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Very Bad Men (David Loogan Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Fantastic Novel!

I'll make this short, but ultimately very sweet... VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan is one of the most satisfying novels I've read in a long time. Why? Good question. Answers abound below... I first heard of Mr. Dolan when I spontaneously picked up a copy of his previous nov...
I'll make this short, but ultimately very sweet... VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan is one of the most satisfying novels I've read in a long time. Why? Good question. Answers abound below... I first heard of Mr. Dolan when I spontaneously picked up a copy of his previous novel, BAD THINGS HAPPEN. I literally saw that book on a display, picked it up, read the jacket synopsis and thought it seemed interesting enough. Plus, I like giving new authors a shot. I read the book in one sitting and passed it on to friends and family, with glowing praise. The story of David Loogan and his complicated life was terse, energetic, passionate and clever. Now, when I say something is "clever," I mean it. I don't give that compliment very often. I liked everything about BAD THINGS HAPPEN and eagerly awaited the follow-up, VERY BAD MEN. I picked up VERY BAD MEN the day it came out, and read it as my schedule allowed...which was never often enough for my taste! David Loogan, Elizabeth and Sarah melded into a wonderful team (no spoilers here...you'll have to read it to see what I mean). Mr. Dolan's writing style is instantly accessible. Anyone who picks up one of his books will enjoy the tone and the overall feel of the prose. It's hard to describe just how much FUN it is to read his novels. And this novel is just as "clever" as his first. I've read that some folks thought the author let the last few pages/chapters "get away from him" or that there were too many twists at the end. I strongly disagree. One thing that I learned reading the earlier novel was that in David Loogan's world, there's always something "more" to an issue/situation...nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Yet it's not presented in an "over-done" way. If this makes any sense: the twists aren't really twists at all...they're simply the truth taking longer to show itself. It's a "brainy" book in disguise...never condescending, yet never pandering. Your brain will truly enjoy the read. I really want to discuss the book more in depth, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone who is planning on reading it. In general, just be assured that it's well-written, well-plotted and frankly, a hell of a ride! I look forward to Mr. Dolan's future work.

posted by DougWeyand on July 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

It seems that the more blurbs on the back cover from famous authors, the more disappointing the novel. I didn't get a free advance copy. What I got was a book that read pretty good, occasionally going off track. but around page 350 I began to feel like I was in a car wi...
It seems that the more blurbs on the back cover from famous authors, the more disappointing the novel. I didn't get a free advance copy. What I got was a book that read pretty good, occasionally going off track. but around page 350 I began to feel like I was in a car with a drunk driver. The story started going all over the place, wild tangents that didn't make sense. We were running off the road. The story became so utterly ridiculous that I felt insulted that I had suffered the first 350 pages only to get to this. We didn't crash, but it wasn't the good ride it started out to be. Disappointing.

posted by KenCady on August 6, 2011

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Disappointing

    It seems that the more blurbs on the back cover from famous authors, the more disappointing the novel. I didn't get a free advance copy. What I got was a book that read pretty good, occasionally going off track. but around page 350 I began to feel like I was in a car with a drunk driver. The story started going all over the place, wild tangents that didn't make sense. We were running off the road. The story became so utterly ridiculous that I felt insulted that I had suffered the first 350 pages only to get to this. We didn't crash, but it wasn't the good ride it started out to be. Disappointing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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