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Friday, August 28, 2009

Deadfall by Robert Liparulo

While the idea behind Deadfall is more original than that of Germ's, and while the writing was superb, and while it held my attention, unfortunately, I knew exactly how it was going to end.
The book also didn't live up to its full potential. It almost did, but it fell short in several parts. The plot is about four friends who decide to go rugged in the Canadian wilderness, escaping from their draining lifestyles. The main character, perfect John "Hutch" Hutchinson, is the product of a nasty divorce that wasn't his fault at all.
But what they find in the wilderness surprises them-a maniac testing his new weapon on victims in a small mountain town.
The book is mostly filled up with mountain and car chases, explosions, shoot-em-ups, and predictabel hostage scenes. The book is pure action, not suspense. The good guys are really good; the bad guys are really bad. It's all black and white, clear cut, and easy to figure out. Suspense for the simple minded.
Having two key characters die was a plus. I think Robert did everything he thought he needed to do with this book. But there's always room for improvement.
The end makes everything turn out all right and perfect. There's a final showdown with the enemy and a rescue of a child. The whole works.
While the public likes this book, I do not.
2.5 stars

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