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3.0 out of 5 starsthat's it....?
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2011
When I started Now & Then I initially thought it would be my favorite of the series. I liked the surprising addition of a fantasy element to the book. I even really enjoyed the first half of the "Then" section (which others seemed to hate from the beginning). Then Locke seemed to get sloppy or just sick of writing. It reminded me of college papers I've written the day before the deadline; they start off great, but when ideas don't come together I eventually give up, quickly write a crap ending, and go to bed. The second half of "Then" seemed to be grasping at straws just to write some type of ending. It was rushed, yet still somehow boring, and although I spent the entire day reading this book, unable to put it down, the ending left me feeling completely unsatisfied. Why did it never return to "Now"?? What the h#ll is Libby Vail's story? And what about the treasure she talked about? I thought the whole point of looking back in time was to explain the treasure Libby talked about. But treasure was never mentioned in "Then". The only minor detail Locke managed to explain the past and present connection for was the "I love Rugby" necklace. Very disappointed :(
3.0 out of 5 starsPast and present intertwined with suspense
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2011
Now and Then is the fourth book in the Donovan Creed series by John Locke. I liked how Locke intertwined the past and present. The first half of the book sets the pace for the second half. Even in the beginning chapters Locke tells you an event then the next chapter explains how the event came to be, it flows well and isn't confusing.
Although you don't have to read Saving Rachel to understand this book, I'd recommend it so you have a better understanding of Creed and his girlfriend, Rachel. As crazy as this book makes Rachel out to be her evil / psychotic personality is really described in Saving Rachel. I know he's a cold blooded killer, but it seems his character is softening up a bit in this book and he allows Rachel to be even more demanding, but I also think he likes that sort of thing. If you have read the others in this series, Lethal People and Lethal Experiment then you know he loves to be tortured and can handle a lot of pain...It's humorous to find them working at a B&B as a cook and waitress.
This book is full of twist and turns, but not so much you get a headache from the whirlwind ride. I was intrigued with the `energy' Creed keeps feeling and searching for in this mysterious town of St. Alban's Beach, Florida, the ties back to the pirate Jack Hawley and the missing teen, Libby Vail. And the character D'Augie adds to the witty humor to this book, he's accident prone and easily distracted while trying to kill Creed.
I did feel a bit disappointed that not all questions were answered.
2.0 out of 5 starsDisappointing after the other books!
Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2011
I read "Saving Rachel," which I thought was good with some great twists and turns...I checked on Amazon to see what to read next in the "Donovan Creed series" and it was this book. What a joke. It seems as though author John Locke just wanted to use the character's name and background to write a completely different novel. You start out with the characters of Donovan and Rachel and then it morphs into a reflection of pirates past in Florida. That would have been fine (had there been a stronger connection to the present-day story the novel is supposed to be based on) but then the book never goes back and ties it all together. WTF? I literally sat there with my e-reader trying to turn the last page like an idiot because I thought there was NO WAY someone could end a book like that. (It seriously reads like someone stole the last 50 pages of his manuscript.) So being an open-minded reader, I purchased the 'sequel' to this book. It doesn't even mention a main character introduced in this book, nor how Rachel and Donovan got to where they are (figuratively) in the sequel. Neither are worth buying unless you're hard up for something to read.
This is a must-read for all John Locke fans. I started reading these out of order because I discovered John Locke's books by accident and am now catching up with the first few I missed. This has been one of my favorite Donovan Creed books so far - although it really is so hard to actually pick a favorite. The story line is strange at best (in typical John Locke fashion!) and sometimes even seems so unlikely, but somehow it just works beautifully. The book is thoroughly entertaining, and just like all of the others, is almost impossible to put down. In fact, by the time you reach the end, you'll be very disappointed because it'll leave you craving more...immediately!! Solution? Read the next book in the series, even if you've already read it :)
If you haven't yet discovered John Locke, do yourself a favor and start reading now. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. He's funny and clever...and totally whacko!! I sure hope this series never ends; I need my Donovan Creed fix!
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2011
It is hard for me to turn down the inexpensive Kindle books and that is how I stumbled upon John Locke's, Donovan Creed novels. I thought the first one was preposterous; confusing plot, lack of decent editing and absurd characters. It was also, Locke's first novel so I took a chance on the second novel. It was better, not great but Locke's writing seemed to be progressing; better character development, less absurd characters and better editing. So with that progress, why not try a third Donovan Creed novel. Wow, what a waste of a $1.00. The first part of the novel was Creed and his girl friend living the good life in Florida with only one absurd character managing to show up. Then suddenly the reader finds himself in the middle of 17th century pirate novel. No transition, no reason for the sudden time shift; the reader just finds themselves involved in a pirate story.
I give up. No more Donovan Creed, no more absurd characters, however, I will still take a chance on the $1.00 Kindle novels. I have found many gems in this price range. It is unfortunate but the Donovan Creed series is not one of the gems.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 20, 2011
I can't remember now how I came across the Donavon Creed novels and I was really in two minds about the first one (as indeed was Donovan!). However, I carried on and read the following two by which time his (Donovans') character seemed to have undergone a slight change and he seemed less likely to kill someone for any particularly trivial reason.
At this stage I had not really decided how much I liked the series but at 70 odd p hey - I have a habit to indulge and the books kept my attention pretty well! Ok, finally I have arrived at 'now and then' which title becomes obvious about half way through. In fact 'Half Way Through' might have been a better title as that is where Mr Locke left me and his other readers as he embarked on a wee pirate escapade. I must say that I enjoyed the pirate section and felt that it all ended quite well - happy ever after etc...
However, I expected - as did many other readers - to return to the developing story from the first half of the book. But no - Mr Locke had other ideas - or perhaps he didn't?
Here are some of my thoughts on why he didn't 'finish the first part of the story;
1, As previously mentioned he ran out of ideas? 2, He got bored with it all and just left it? 3, He bet someone that he could get away with leaving the story where it was and people would still buy it and continue to read his books? 4, He died? Of course not - he has written more stories since - hopefully some of these have an ending? 5, He has invented a new type of fiction where the author just stops writing where he feels like it and the reader must complete the book? In this case we hardly need to buy the book - he could just invent a title and leave the rest to us.
The sad part for me is that I was really enjoying the story and was waiting to hear how he was going to retrieve the situation - no luck there! I then hoped that the next book would redress the balance but apparently not!
So, if you like to be frustrated, incensed and irritated all at the same time then boy, are you in luck!!!
I have downloaded the next book but be on notice Mr Locke - any more funny business (unintentional) - and I will not be returning but hey when you've sold as many books as he has I'm sure he'll be crying all the way to the bank!
3.0 out of 5 starsAn unusual episode for this American super-assassin
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 19, 2013
The Donovan Creed adventures normally focus on Creed's capers as a billionaire hitman, womaniser, paranoic-cool-dude. This one is an oddity in that it plonks Creed in a domestic situation for half the book -- and then tells an historical tale of pirate adventures in the second half. The two plot threads are related, but for some strange reason there's no conclusion to pull it all together at the end. Instead the modern-day situation is left hanging (and some of the characters languish indefinitely with their stories never told) and the book comes to an abrupt end. Having said that, I still found it extremely entertaining and enjoyable. A hapless amateur is determined to kill Creed, and his attempts end in comic moments which Locke deftly underplays. Creed himself is as interesting as always: a semi-sociopath, hugely intelligent, handsome and suave and with a Lear jet at his disposal, who oozes tradecraft and spystuff from every pore. So 'Now and Then' includes the usual mix of sex and violience and witty dialogue. It's just... different. That could've been different in a good way, but for the lack of resolution at the end which made it less satisfying than the other books in this massively popular series. So I'd say it's worth reading if you've enjoyed the first three and want to know the complete Creed story. But this is definitely NOT the one to start with for your first Creed adventure... I probably wouldn't have bothered with the others if I'd read this first. 7/10
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 25, 2013
Now & Then. The Donavan Creed, series book 4, continues the story line of a deadly assassin working for the U.S. Governments Homeland security. I say `continues' the story, but I'm afraid John Locke, the author has lost the plot. The character Donavan Creed a deadly assassin who was killing terrorists in the first two books and taking contract killing from mobsters on the side, is now flitting around a small Florida town cooking, yes! cooking, (and he gives you the recipes) whilst chasing a feeble story line of a missing girl, lost treasure and a `pocket' book on the history of pirates. Give me strength! Please get back to the old Donavan Creed.
3.0 out of 5 starsFirst part very enjoyable and the second part was a disappointment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2013
After reading the first three Donovan Creed books I was quite looking forward to this one. The book continues not long after the end of the last one. It starts off well and is the usual Donovan Creed, easy to read and light hearted. However the storyline in this one just goes bizarre and very unlike the character introduced in previous books. Then the last part of the book is about a pirate and the theme just changes completley. I carried on reading hoping it would explain/answer questions from the beginning of the book, but it just finished leaving a lot in the air. This book felt like the author had ran out of ideas and had no idea how to finish the book. As far as storyline goes, very disappointing.
I was kinda enjoying a pacey routine killer mystery when I must have dozed off and woken up in a re make of Treasure Island without the parrot.(But there is a bald cat). I still don't really know what I missed. Having said all that, the show was redeemed by humour. At one point the pirates threaten to rape the townsfolk's livestock. When questioned they clarify the matter by saying it will only be the pretty ones. A would be assassin ends up with swollen testicles, broken arm and leg, plus severe burns in a series of slapstick mishaps. I read it because he is the million copies sold guy. He can write and he's got humour so I'll be reading more.