A fine anesthetic,
This review is from: Strike Hard (Paperback)The first few pages of this book starts with a dry, droning exposition of a dry man in the military. Does Tony have a personality? Personalities are defined by doing. But Tony doesn't do anything worth noting until maybe he's with Karen a few pages into the book.
Even then, the exchange between Tony and Karen isn't that interesting. These are clearly normal people with normal thoughts doing normal things. I'm a normal person. Don't bore me with minor variations on my own life.
First pages are critical. Grab the reader there. I paid you to entertain me. Don't make me work for what I paid you to do. Don't make me wait. Introduce conflict early. If not conflict, give us the first clues why the main character is special. Show us why we shouldn't be indifferent.
This book didn't grab in the first few pages at all. So I shelved it and moved onto a different author.