Initial thoughts upon completion: I liked it. Decent story, decent pacing. That first scene seems a little out of place and pointless given where the story ended up. A little too much technical jargon for my taste, particularly toward the end. Overall a decent read.
Jack Kant is a journalist who lives with his girlfriend Angela Bow, a documentary researcher. There are several threads to follow in addition to the antics of our two main characters. Sub-stories include: terrorism and terrorist plots by a few radicalized individuals, the secret research of a popular televangelist, and family drama that I won’t go into, because spoilers.
Things get hairy for Kant and Bow when Kant tries to bow (pun intended 😉 ) out of a job for a televangelist, and after that things spin out of control. Kant ends up putting people he cares about in danger, and we readers are left hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.
Kant is a pretty well-rounded character, and I like him for the most part. I did get a little irritated with his back-and-forth, should-he-take-the-job or shouldn’t-he nonsense. I prefer decisive people (but that’s just me). I was disappointed in the character, Angela Bow. She was basically a prop. Sure, she was portrayed as a mouthy spit-fire, but that portrayal was very one-dimensional, so she never felt real to me. Sad face.
Some serious problems with the book: there are far too many characters in this who serve no real purpose, and there are too many story lines happening at once. In short, there are a
lot of too many elements to handle. Venture does a pretty good job with that, but I kept asking myself, “Why does he keep throwing new things in here?” Often it was a bit too much. A more ruthless touch with the editor’s pen would have been nice.
Venture, “has been a professional writer/editor for national magazines for more than a quarter century,” according to his bio on Goodreads. So, in addition to too-many-things-happening-at-once, I was a bit surprised by the number of errors in grammar and word choice… Whoever edited this really should have caught some of these things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
So, if you are looking to get swept away into a quasi-realistic, fast-paced, thriller, you will probably like this. If you’re super into stories about terrorism and/or ISIS, you might like it even more. But, it isn’t really my taste.
February 9, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2018 – 89.0%
February 7, 2018 – 83.0%
February 7, 2018 – 75.0% “I’m not sure why this book is taking me so long to get through. It’s pretty good, despite its many, many grammatical and word choice errors.
February 6, 2018 – 75.0%
February 5, 2018 – 63.0%
February 3, 2018 – 42.0%
February 3, 2018 – 31.0%
February 2, 2018 – 12.0%
February 1, 2018 – Started Reading
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.