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5.0 out of 5 starsTwisted, Fast-paced Thriller
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
Matthew Mather doesn't slow down the action one iota! The first one third of the book is like a slow boil. Then the action and speed pick up until the frenzy is like a full blown whirling dervish of intrigue, war, cyber machines, lies and desperation. Delta Devlin, a small town police officer made famous by solving a complicated murder spree (see book one in the series) is offered a position with Interpol. Suddenly her life explodes in a dangerous search for truth while dodging the literal bullets of those who would like to manipulate it. Delta risks everything to protect her family, and ultimately, protect everyone. Are the lies and machinations of those who seek power too much to overcome? What kind of price is too high to pay? From America to France to Ukraine, we follow Delta as she desperately holds onto the thin shred of truth following it to its ultimate end. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and lots of organizations that become players in the detailed, complicated plot. It's worth it though to slog through it all. I couldn't put the book down for the last half!
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
It was a good detective story. I really like the way new and even cutting edge technology is woven into the story. It could have used another round of proofreading, but a few messed up sentences is easy to look past.
The ONLY reason it isn't 5 stars is because I am not really into espionage. The writing is excellent, the characters are very believable, and the plot takes off like a rocket! That extra chromosome of hers gets her into a lot of trouble. Yes, I highly recommend this novel, especially for spy novel lovers, even though it isn't about spies as much as most are. What IS it about? Read it for yourself! It's worth your time and effort.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2021
I did not enjoy this as much as Matthew’s earlier cyber themed stories. There were a couple of interesting things that kept my attention but i didn’t feel the intensity that i felt in his earlier works.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2020
Matthew Mather is an outstanding author who always delivers. I read everything this author writes. All of his novels are full of action, suspense, and real science. This author is a science fiction lover's dream!
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Real Delta Devlin book series #1 starts here
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2021
This book is the real start of the Delta Devlin series, with the previous book - The Dreaming Tree being a prequel story and Devlin being a secondary character to the story. This was confirmed by the author in the Afterword. This felt all in all to be much more like a normal Matthew Mather book, frantic chase across the world on a journey seeking the truth and perhaps saving the world at the same time in some way.
Matthew Mathew continues a winning trend in 2020 of writing intelligent grounded, and detailed, long books that keep pace and continue to thrill.
Unlike his Cyber books, The Delta Devlin novels are shaping up to be: less seat of your pants end of the world big budget action, and more a brooding and literary reflection on contporary issues set in the lens of a young and well rounded lead.
There is all the chance that Meet Your Maker was just going to be another female James Bond/ Jason Bourne cut out, especially with the allure of Interpol set against the backdrop of old world Ukrian and a sexy French handler. However rather than leaning into these tropes, Mather constantly and obstinately focuses on the technology and the history of civil unrest in Ukraine and Russia, allogies of East vs West, and the supposed "4th industrial revolution".
If any trope is slightly overused it's the continual references and use of 3D printing, print farms and 3D printers that eventually border on the uncanny or ridiculous. Delta Devil is given a full novel here to work with and, if it feels like it drags at times, that may be because this a long book, even by Mathers standards.
The story arcs are well fleshed out and realised and nothing is rushed, however as Delta goes from one side of the Ukriane to the other the story does start to repeat itself.
What Mather does so well though, compared to many of his more fictional or outlandish stories, is ground the narrative in emotion, family and a surprising number of layers. Adding depth with the relationship between Delta and her father, her uncle; adding in links to the IRA, cancer and yet somehow tying it all together is where Mather shines.
Unlike The Dreaming Tree which was influenced by Frankenstein, Meet Your Maker is less horrific, less hard to read and less disturbing. However the setting of Ukraine, the invasion by Russia and general tone is middle of the road, at times dry, stoic and never glitzy or romantic.
This is not James Bond, it's not even Jason Bourne but something in the middle, a cautionary tale of consumerism, globalism and huberuous. A thourouly satisfying book!