The story should be as fast paced and realistic as the previous books. To flat, one sided, with a lot of extraneous thought based musings.
I liked their other books, but this is a failure.
Dick Hill, the reader of the other books.
The Men of War series was WEB Griffin's second best, after honor bound. honor bound also got to be a little to stuffy and romantic and predictable, with the addition of Griffin's son, but not as bad as this one, and not such a dramatic decline. The character of Kepler is a total waste, no Hans Peter Von Wachstein, but the formula is the same and a lost opportunity. These books used to be good for the 400 mile drives, and still make you sit in the car for the last ten seconds when the hero's win against all the odds. No more. Better luck next time- I think I will return this one.
Dick Francis combined good plots, growing characters, excellent research on engaging topics, and excellent writing to produce easy reads that left readers satisfied. His son tries to copy his formula, but falls short on every single aspect. Sid Halley, Charles and Marina were complex and multifaceted and grew through the books, but stagnated here. The plots meandered. And the transplantation component was a sideline, so the research didn't come through.
In general, this book was a negative to the Francis brand, and even though Martin Jarvis is a good reader, he couldn't make up for the fact that the book was just poor.
I will read Felix's next attempt, because his father's legacy is good to continue. But if that is only twice as good as this one, I won't read the one after that.
Great book, but the last chapter was a total disappoint, leaving it off and writing a sequel would have been a better alternative.
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