Top critical review
Terrible writing, decent plot.
June 20, 2017
When I read the summary, and reviews (both professional and general), this seemed like my type of book. I loved the older Clive Cussler books featuring Dirk Pitt. Instantly I was mistaken. The main character was uninteresting, I understand that the author went for an "all American" ex-military widowed father, but he just came off as un-cultured and unintelligent. The author tries to tell us he is smart, but some of the writing says otherwise. ""I'm Jason Lavender, her attorney." Lavender, Davis thought. Like the color of a flower." This excerpt from the book was just one example. To me, a smart person wouldn't even waste time with that thought, not to mention this was not an important character, after this part of the book, you never hear that name again. The chemistry between the two main characters was unbelievable. The main female character seemed weak mentally, and I felt as if the author was trying to rip off James Bond with her nickname. The story was also predictable, with a few exceptions.
It was not all bad, as someone who is not a pilot, the author did a great job with the technical descriptions of the flying, mechanical, and software information of the aircraft's. My favorite part of the book was the main protagonist, the character was interesting, believable, and not the same as every other Bond type bad guy.
The big problem was that I read this right after a fantastically written book, with an incredible story. It was like being a juggling clown, following a magician's act who made a building disappear. Unfortunately since the books were on sale, and the reviews were mostly good, I purchased all three books in this series. Hopefully the next is better.