I bought Power Play after enjoying Finder’s Killer Instinct. Sadly, my latest read was disappointing. The tale would have been better suited to a short story format, as it doesn’t succeed in being grand in either vision or execution. So, at least it could have been shorter. The story is entertaining enough I suppose, but I was never caught off-guard, never surprised, never teased, never moved. The characters felt more like caricatures. The intriguing setting was tragically wasted. The details of the aerospace industry remained tangential window-dressing.
As for the performance, Mr. Boutsikaris read the narrative sections well, and offered due diligence for most of the characters. The female characters, however, came off as shallow and unlikeable. Throughout the book, I kept finding myself reciting a line of dialog out loud with a different inflection, and thinking, “If he had read it that way she’d sound strong and intelligent instead of snide and pathetic.”
Overall, I wish I had used my credit on something else.
Frankly, I didn’t expect that much from this book. I’m glad I gave it a shot, though. I knew Lowe was intelligent, and I knew he’s an actor I very much enjoy (especially in The West Wing), but I didn’t know how good a writer he is.
He crafts lush sentences forming compelling stories with beautiful emotion. I suspect he could put together a well-told biography of even the most pedestrian of lives, but his life’s remarkable story makes this an autobiography not to be missed. I was sad when it ended.
I expected the story to be predictable and simplistic since it was written for less experienced readers. I was pleased, though, that, aside from the age of the protagonist and the straight-forward writing style, this book could easily be marketed for adult readers. The plot is engaging and the ending is bold.
This book is a lovely intersection among science, history, biography, and short story. I find myself wishing we knew of more elements so that this tome could be longer.
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