Bangkok Burn

Bangkok Burn

by Mr Simon Royle

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ISBN-13: 9786163055026
Publisher: I & I Press
Publication date: 01/05/2012
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Bangkok Burn (Bangkok Series, #1) 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
Bangkok Fizzle I was provided a free copy for an honest review.  I was hoping for a pace pounding, seat-of-the-pants thriller set in the underworld of Bangkok. Not the case. The only characters I could develop any empathy for were Chance, Mother, Pim and Chai. All of the others were so sketchy, they appeared to be filler; afterthoughts to complete the story.  I’m big on believable action scenes and the main one that decided whether Chance lives or dies puts James Bond to shame. Seriously, how can someone whose hands are bound behind his back, his feet shackled, a bag covering his face in a pitch dark cargo container crawl over stacks of money, find the forklift, start it, shift the gears and drive the machine threw the doors happen? Oh, then he falls 120 meters off a cliff and somehow survives with minimal injuries. I almost stopped reading. I felt the scene came straight out “Lethal Weapon 2.”  When I was hoping the story would add depth to the intrigue, it vanished. But when it was time to smoke pot, eat at a restaurant or drink wine, the story was full of rich details. Really? Did I miss an episode of “Warring Chefs?”  I did not care for many of the chapter titles. They were pulled straight out of Hollywood. More imagination should be pursued.  The ending is anticlimactic. Halfway through you will make observations on whose trying to kill Chance. When the truth is revealed, it’s not a “WTH?” moment, it’s more like, “and?” And then there are three more chapters attempting to lay ground work for the sequel. That was disquieting. We don’t need everything explained. For  me, the best part and most well thought out scenarios was the civil war going in Bangkok. If the story would have centered around this, it would have been a smash, but unfortunately, it was a back drop story.  Overall, a disappointing read. 2.5 stars.