Two book reviews today. One is short and sweet because it was superfluous to add anything to such a fantastic book. There are many wordy reviews on Amazon if you wish to read more about it.
The book? An Amazon UK and Australia bestseller from Imogen Clark, Postcards From a Stranger. I loved it!
My review of Postcards from a Stranger Kindle Edition by Imogen Clark:
Let’s get the clichés out of the way:
• Page-turner – check!
• Unputdownable – check!
That’s all you need to know about this brilliant book. Buy it! Read it!
That’s it – my shortest review, ever.
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Now to return to my normal review length:
Blood Brothers by Nick Pope.
A very good and entertaining book. I give it three and a half stars ( 3 is OK on Amazon but 2 stars is OK on Goodreads) as it was better than the Amazon three star ‘okay’ but in truth it could easily have been four stars with some major rewriting.
It’s still worth a read and comes recommended.
The book read as non-fiction in many parts primarily because much of the background is almost contemporary. That was a downside at times as it seemed the author got too bogged down in the back story on too many occasions. That often got in the way of the plot and stalled the action. Not only was there too much back story but the same story was often repeated at various parts of the book. It was a pity because when the action finally got delivered, it was fine writing and had me turning the pages.
That is why I came to the view the book needed a guillotine edit rather than scissors. I was surprised there was so much extraneous backstory when I read that Lee Child is one of the authors Mr’ Pope is influenced by. It did not show in this book, I’m afraid.
The remainder of my review may contain spoilers so don’t read on if you wish to avoid them.
The plot was for the most part sound. It was great material for a thriller. It did stretch credulity too much on occasions and that was a shame. Khan, the terrorist who only a short time earlier had shot down an RAF AWACS plane with a Stinger, suddenly turns himself in right in the middle of an assassination attempt on a British Army General. The reason for doing so remained unconvincing to this reader. As did Khan being used as an ally by the British government in order to take down Saladin. Sorry, Mr. Pope, that was implausible to the nth degree.
The use of acronyms was utterly baffling with hardly any explanation of what they stood for. The author even switched between MoDP and MDP when describing the same entity – the Ministry of Defence Police or MOD Plod as they are commonly known in British police circles.
I don’t wish to be too harsh on the author or this book. Most of it was excellent. I have already dealt with the parts that irritated me as a reader.
Do try it though. It’s still a good read.
I received a free ARC from the publisher Thistle Publishing and NetGalley. I was under no obligation to review the book and all opinions are my own.