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Pales In Comparison To Book 1 (Corporate Truth)
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
One of the problems of writing an outstanding book first in a series is the expectation of similar performance for the sequels. While Criminal Truth is good, it doesn’t meet those expectations. The writing is not as polished, the action, intensity and tension are less and the suspense is diminished. Where the first book was a roller coaster of thrills, this one merely presented a bumpy road.
Using a technique supposedly designed to build suspense, the author uses short chapters to build a scene, then abruptly shifts to a different set of characters in a different scene for the following chapter. To me this was disruptive and is a departure from his use of followup chapters in book 1. The writing is not as free flowing in this book and in many places is simply pedestrian. It displayed a great deal of variability in writing quality that did not appear in book 1.
There were four separate plots linked by their association with Justin Truth and Soda-Cola. With the frequent chapter interruptions each seemed to progress slowly which detracted from any easy continuity and the author had trouble doing justice to so many plots. With the abrupt switching from one to another at chapter ends, the momentum and continuity was lost and each of the plot lines became fragmented.
Combined with an unsatisfying non-ending, Criminal Truth was a disappointing continuation of the series.