Is it just me or is everyone writing their storylines in anticipation of a movie deal?
The trilogy was never EXCEPTIONAL; however, it was entertaining UP until this book. I had high hopes for this third installment, and even though I knew Tobias would play a significant role in the last book (I didn't *like* the voice talent for Tobias), it was disappointing the author seemed to take the easy way out by writing 'he said, she said - he does, she does' scenario to the storyline's main characters. The dialogue was stiff and too simple for seemingly noble characters, as it had been in the first two books, and I anticipated it would improve. It didn't. I just wish the characters weren't so boring and one dimensional.
The storyline did make a dramatic upturn with its heart-tugging ending. As painful as it was to commitment to the book in its entirety, I was saddened by the end. It wasn't a surprise 'a-ha' ending; nevertheless, it was the only instance in the entire third book the author really wrote a picture so clear, I cried... :(
Collectively, the story told throughout the trilogy could make a movie I'd be interested in seeing, but I'd rather see adaptations of stories to movies than reading screenplays in book form.
Boooooo... I expected far better, and am I really disappointed the author just didn't take better care of her characters. I really had high hopes for all of them.
I have a 5 year old tolerance for gore and spook, as I still believe there ARE scary things that lurk in dark places! I did, however, download "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" for the charity contribution, and am so glad I did! This twelve minute masterpiece rattled my cage enough that I missed the ending the first time (ummm, told ya I'm a scare-dy cat!) and got the ending on the third listen. The production and author performance was equally excellent.
This was my first Finder selection, and I'm glad it was! Finder's character creation's always spot on - real and believable; and Holter Graham's rich, robust voice rounds out my mental image of 'Nick'.
Mezmerizing voice! Had to be careful now and again from becoming too comfortable listening while driving.
I suspected the ending pre half way through the book, and discounted because it was too obvious. Hearing the ending I had come up with made me want to wretch - literally! It's been awhile since I felt cheated at the ending of a story, and this is how I felt - cheated! Or... glass half full, I should have felt I was a genius for having figured out such an elementary ending.
The story line is so unbelievably out there, it could go nowhere other than where it did. The first Finder novel that left me wishing I had stopped before the ending.
Joseph Finder novels are a recent find of mine. I devoured Company Man and the Nick Heller series and loved them all. Though disappointed in the ending of Paranoia, his character development of Cassidy is right on.
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