Theft of the Master aims to appeal to the listener seeking more from a novel than a good listen. It weaves an intricate web, speckled with an assortment of finely described characters spanning different historical periods and continents. The story moves along at a terrific rate and entices the listener to discover how the circle will be completed. Theft of the Master has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller.
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"First rate reading, second rate writing"
I chose this book solely because I like Alex Jennings's reading. I would not read another by the author
He has a very pleasant voice, the expression is good without going over the top, and the dialogue is varied and convincing.
This is crime thriller set in four countries, featuring a bit of art, a lot of murder and scene changes across four countries. The main character is Al Hershey, a private investigator with a military past and a cynicism resembling that of many other private investigators in novels and films.
The story is passably interesting for a light read. The writing is decidedly second rate, with none of the characters brought to life except Hershey who doesn't extend beyond two dimensions. The dialogue at times feels juvenile and unconvincing with naive comments and unnecessary explanations. If it was pitched as a teenage crime novel I would have given it 4-5 stars.
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