This novel, with it's interminably long and shockingly puerile dialogue sequences, jumps from cliché to cliché, each more laughable than the other. The plot maunders from place to place and phone call to phone call, following a 'scarred hero' so un-credibly honourable and tough and good you want to vomit.
It's brilliantly bad - I say brilliantly, because I laughed myself sick.
I have to say I loved Simon Scarrow's Cato and Macro characters, and I enjoyed Scarrow's writing - it got the story done with enough embellishment to entrance and transport to a relatively authentic impression of the time. So I bought this book, (not realising he wrote it with someone else) expecting the same. Anyway, for whatever reason, this book is as bad as his other books were good - the plot plods along a linear timeline from one uninteresting turn of events to another, stumbling over laughable cliches and repetitive character reactions, made all the worse by the histrionic reading of David Thorpe. I won't go on, because enough is said. All I can say is, stick to writing on your own Simon, because it seems the other bloke just dragged you down on this one.
One more chance to Simon Scarrow, but definitely never T.J. Andrews.
Disliked it intensely. Histrionic, badly interpreted and misphrased.
Boredom and mirth
This is one of most awful books I've ever read - a narsistic protagonist being all noiresque, wandering about being tragic and 'deep and littering the prose with ponderous and all too often cliched ruminations ALL the time. Mixed metaphors abound, as do pointless arguments between almost everyone - most of whom are extremely unpleasant people - in fact, the only person I like in the book gets treated abominably by the protagonist (who feels terrible about what he's just done, but simply had to do it, because of some waffly guff about truth and lies and how they can't handle the truth just now) Urk!!!!! I hope I never meet the author because if he's like the characters in his books, I would not like him at all.
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