The Perimeter felt like a promise that never comes true. The author self-proclaims as an “unlike writer”, he is an engineer and that explains a lot.
The book follows Levi, an ex-Amish, now fixer through an implausible journey that covers several countries, the Russian Mob, his Amish roots in Pennsylvania, and a looming threat of a US nuclear holocaust… to name a few. There are also many dubious parts in which Levi suddenly “acquires” skills which abide him to solve impossible tasks and riddles in less than two minutes.
I wouldn’t be harsh on the author based on the above, after all, we do appreciate incredible stories, hence we love Mission Impossible, Game of Thrones, Star Trek… we love to be entertained; no matter how ludicrous the story sounds.
What bothered me the most was the writing itself. The book is filled with clichés. From the very first moment, the doctor tells Levi he has cancer the dialogue was 100% unoriginal. Another example, when Levi first sees his wife to deliver her the news “She looked as beautiful as the first day they met.” Then the dialogues seemed to jump from formal to informal with no coherence at all.
The ideas were there, but the lack of polishing, editing, and structure of the stories almost ruined it for me.