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Assassination - but with some added fun
August 14, 2012
I found this book terrifically engaging from the first page. I'm not sure whether it was down to the clear, flowing prose or the enjoyably dynamic characters, but I just could not stop reading.
The story revolves around corporatized assassins in modern day America, dealing with nefarious politicians and patriotic government agents. Reading this you would imagine the life of the average assassin-in-the-street to be one of luxury, witty dialogue and sex with a degree of violence thrown in. In many ways it feels like one of those television shows from the 70s and 80s with beautiful people in beautiful clothes driving beautiful cars while also having outrageous and dangerous adventures every few minutes. Theoretically this should distract from the book but it didn't. As I said, I was really engaged!
Downsides? Don't expect any character development or even deep emotional attachment to one of the characters. The author is just telling a fun and fast paced story, not clawing at your heartstrings. In this case it did not bother me. Don't expect a rich tapestry, a world of opulence and decadence and death brought to life. The elements are all there, but portrayed with a diligent workmanlike approach rather than an excess of adjectives and metaphors. Actually, I rather approved of this because it kept the pace fast.
I heartily recommend this novel.