A fun concept that has brief moments of fun but over all the story is too disjointed, too many characters to be anything other than an exercise in writing.
This was not time well spent as the story jumped around and lacked solid character development. Plot lines were predictable and there were few, if any surprises. Big disappointmet.
The thing that makes a thriller good is that when you get to the end, the whole thing makes sense. In this frankenstein freak of a book, the authors abandoned that key feature and instead played how many of the characters established in the previous chapter can I kill off for no reason or turn into bad guys. How's about maybe an outline next time? Worthless...
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This book was so highly touted by media reviewers I expected more. To me it read like a screen play and I kept casting the characters in my mind. There were ceertainly a lot of twists and turns in the plot as one would expect with the variety of authors. I think that is also the reason it just never came together for me.
As a school teacher, I was intrigued by the way this book was crafted. With my students, i have created stories where one person starts the story and the plot is passed around until everyone has contributed something to the story. With this novel, I had trouble following this story at times. I had difficulty understanding what theme to focus on and embrace in order to better predict what will or should happen next. While there was a twist ending, I did experience the surprise because I did not really know who to suspect or who to trust. I blame this outcome on the fact that there were so many characters and the authors did not know who they needed to focus on developing and which could be side characters. Mostly I was looking forward to the novel being over so I could start my next book.
I don't think you'd need to be told this book was written by many different authors. It may have created some interesting, unexpected swerves in the plot but it seems have contributed a level of complexity that the story could have done without.
Did not keep me on the edge of my seat like I had wanted and anticipated. You can tell it was not the same writer thoughout, different styles, some good some bad, not a good combination. Overall disappointed.
I have to agree with petret99 that this seemed a bit disjointed. Many authors made the story move in unexpected ways. The ending seemed rushed - like a TV show that is at the end of the hour and must be concluded.
This book started out strong. I was captivated immediately, made possible by Deaver who throws a reader right into the story in all of his writing. And the early chapters kept this going. But toward the end the book fell apart. Once Perez was uncovered, it was downhill and never returned to the quality of the beginning. The premise of multiple authors writing one story is fabulous. I don't know how the outline was arranged, but Deaver had a difficult job wrapping it up after the authors immediately prior to the ending left it flat. It's an okay book, but it could have been a great book if the end had held up to the beginning. Still, if you like short espionage stories, it's entertaining. The plot and characters are easy to follow.
The first several chapters all felt like the story was just getting started. The story could have started with any of the first 3 chapters . I do not feel they needed the chapters before them to build the story.