Writing; Bad dialogue, bad prose and superficial plot, the only positive thing about the writing I can come up with is that Donovan is one tough dude,..Show More » although the writer doesn't capitalize on that much.
Narration; Orlow does most of it and is solid, Guidall is Guidall (awesome).
I don't know if this is Mr. Locke's first book so maybe the quality improves as he goes, this one feels like a poor first attempt that one would try to improve upon but not publish.
Books like this keep me from reading new writers as this was a waste of my time and money, yep it's that bad.
When I first discovered John Locke with his first book, Lethal People, I felt i had found a master storyteller for this genre. But I wasn't satisfied ..Show More »with just one book and had to go to Lethal Experiment immediately after. I find it amazing that Locke can continue to develop the Creed character in such surprising ways and keep the reader on edge constantly. I know there are four more books in the series and I'm sure I'll be reviewing them soon also. I thought I'd take a break after and read someone else but the disappointment was palpable; I couldn't wait to get back to Locke and did so immediately. I only hope he can write as fast as I can read!
Maybe Locke was pushing out Donovan Creed novels so fast, he just wasn’t sure where to go next. So he invented a new genre. Now and Then is a story ab..Show More »out a modern-day mystery tied into a historic series of events. When other writers have done this, they use flashbacks, or chapter seques but Locke actually leaves the present halfway through (Now) and never returns. the rest of the book is about the cause of the modern day dilemmna back in the days of pirates (Then). And he never comes back to the present.
Locke himself says he won’t do it again. I guess feedback was not positive. True, this really isn’t a Donovan Creed book and it would have been much better as a standalone with totally new “Now” characters. But those of you who know Locke know that a tactic like that wouldn’t suit his system of kindle sales. Of course, the closer Locke gets to the top of the bestseller lists, the more likely he is to venture away from the Donovan Creed trademark. That’s when he might try something like this again. And I hope he does because I think it proves his talents as a writer. The “Then” portion of this book takes place in the 1700s and is up there with James Patterson’s “Jester”, or any of the prologues in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels.
In the audio version, Simon Prebble is perfect for narrating a pirate story. I think he made it for me, and further proved that Locke could quite possibly write anything he puts his mind to. I thoroughly enjoy the Creed books but I’m ready to see what other genres Locke can reinvent. Do it again Locke!
If you had 4 wishes for anything you wanted, what would you choose? Would you be willing to do anything to get those wishes? Locke uses his ..Show More »now familiar technique of writing half of a Donovan creed novel as a completely new character. But this time the new guy’s a real turd and because of this Locke is able to take his unique blend of humour and disgust to new levels. I hate to say it though: It became a bit predictable in the second half as soon as Creed got involved.
The premise is silly, the plot light. But this is true Locke, heating it up just a little more. He addresses subjects that likely have been done before, but not with his flair for the ability to bring out the worst in people. You can’t read this one if you haven’t read at least Lethal Experiment; the second half will be too unbelievable otherwise. It’s a fast read and a refreshing return to normal—Locke’s version—after Now and Then.
If your girlfriend’s blood could help save mankind, would you sacrifice her–and all her children–to science? What if the government made the decision ..Show More »for you and kidnapped her? Maybe you’d search out her druggie mother and trade her… or maybe you’d make a deal with the feds to keep her children but let her go. Or maybe you’d just play Rambo and go get her. This is the premise of John Locke’s “A Girl Like You” and for Donovan Creed fans, the girlfriend is Rachel, the psycho girlfriend, former wife, from Saving Rachel. Once again the premise is outrageous but that’s Locke’s brand now and those of us who love Creed’s antics don’t care. At least Donovan’s in this entire book and not just part of it. It’s a fun romp and since Locke has proven he will surprise at every turn, it’s an unpredictable read.