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Complete Lack of Character Credibility
on December 12, 2014
I found this book highly recommended by contributors to Amazon's Fiction Forum. Interested, I decided to check out its feedback ratings in the Amazon bookstore and here too, its popularity was remarkably high. Thus, I started reading the book with a strong sense of anticipation. Yet, by this morning, having only got as far as the fifth chapter, I had decided that the time had come to chuck it in and return it to the library. I just couldn't comprehend where all these high star ratings were coming from. The characters, (especially the baddies), are as two-dimensional and unbelievable as any 1950s cowboy shoot-em-up. It seems lie something written for a generation for whom the height of story-telling excellence was reached by Walt Disney's unvaryingly predictable interplays of saccharine-sweet, good boys and girls,... versus the arsenic-laced nasties.
The central idea around which the plot revolves and the use of dialogue, are both original and highly refreshing. But it's the author's totally slipshod attention to plausibility and detail in unfolding this plot, plus his evident lack of any concern about having created nasty characters who are not even remotely believable, that I object to. The author's ability is clearly there for all to see. What I simply cannot understand is why he uses his considerable talent to write a novel which, in the end, can at best only really aspire to reach the disappointingly mediocre level of a 'farce'.