I felt that the plot lacked depth, credulity and that the characters were for the most part too one dimensional. The protagonist jumps unscathed from one dangerous and impossible situation to another, dodging bullets and outsmarting everyone while leaving death and destruction in his wake. Basically I felt that too many events in the book and their outcome were way over the top and that severed any connection I may have had with the plot and characters.
The narrator came across as unnatural,wooden and unpolished; the pace was choppy and his sense of timing off. A good performance pulls you into the book and makes you feel like a participant in the story; the narrator's' voice tone matches the mood set by the author and captures your imagination. The conversations sound real, not forced (or read) and the accents are believable. To illustrate, narrators that have these qualities in my opinion are George Guidall, Gerard Doyle, John Lee, Samuel Gillies, Kate Reading, Jenny Sterlin, Davina Porter to name but a few.
I think the plot itself had real potential - it is unfortunate that it stretched the bounds of escapist fiction to the point of absurdity. Some of the characters were believable and there was a nice little plot twist towards the end but these were not enough to rescue the story in my opinion.
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