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Mark Laskow

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  • Intercept: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Charles Leggett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    A left-leaning judge liberates four of the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists from Guantanamo Bay and the CIA field officers track them back to Pakistan's northwest frontier mountain range. But the men vanish and rejoin the dark and mysterious forces trained by Osama bin Laden high in the Hindu Kush. These are men with hatred for the United States and Great Britain, and they are sworn to hit back at the USA, which imprisoned so many of their high command.

    Mark Laskow says: "Bottom Decile Writing"
    "Bottom Decile Writing"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Patrick Robinson and/or Charles Leggett?

    No.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Olivia Manning, "The Spoilt City."


    Did Charles Leggett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sure.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Intercept?

    Wouldn't know where to begin.


    Any additional comments?

    Robinson combines weak plotting with poor writing. All of the players, both good guys and bad guys, make inexplicably bad choices in their actions. I mean, a professional sets out to secretly and single-handedly kill four veteran terrorists and their supporting henchmen without a noise-suppressed firearm of some sort? Robinson also seems wildly unfamiliar with any of the minimal technology (explosives, GPS tracking)he includes in the plot. Sigh.

    As for the writing, Robinson has poor control of his imagery (metaphors, similes, etc.)and displays poor word use. He'll use a word in a way slightly off its accepted meaning, not enough to disrupt the reader, but more than enough to irritate. While not as bad as, say, "Special Topics in Calamity Physics," it is well down at the bottom of the class.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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