Top positive review
Escapist Literature Which Seems Somewhat Familiar
May 21, 2019
I may be a weakling but I found the violence in this novel unacceptable because of the author’s barely disguised admiration for the tough guys (and gal). As with repetitive violence in all writing, there was a sameness about the bloodiness. Another contention with authors who glorify toughies is that the toughies just don’t seem to fall, that is, they don’t seem human. They soak up enough violence to fill several hospitals with dead and dying people. And, of course, it’s men creating most of the testosterone-smirk-fuelled kicking.This type of escapist literature (is it pulp?) does nothing to make us aware of reality, that is the world we inhabit with its small but daily trials and tribulations, but its entertainment value is that it lets us dream, fantasise, so to speak, in incarnadine-worlds of bone-splitting punches.
There were typos in “V.E.N.O.M.”, too, but the genre was carried through to its conclusion relatively professionally so 4 stars though not to my liking.
My only other thought is that it’s the devil’s world if the things “V.E.N.O.M.” depicts are going on under our unpunched noses!
And just a quick, final comment : “Operation Nightfall”. The sneak look gives me the impression the author needs to brush up on his Italian (as well as avoiding typos)!