Thursday, April 25, 2013

Black Pawn, by Mel Lebrun

The book could have been good.  The plot was interesting and nearly believable, as were the key characters (with some caveats to follow).   So what went wrong?

The author writes like someone who has taken writing classes and done well.   He uses clear and descriptive sentence.   Unfortunately, though, there's a palpable absence of - well, soul isn't precisely the right word.  Energy?  The sentences are grammatical and "well written" yet flat.  That's it:  flat.

Another problem is that one of the major characters, Jessica, is so deeply flawed and unlikeable that her magical and convenient (to the plot) relationship with hero Michael Cailen strains credibility.

I suspect there will be a sequel and I will try to avoid it.

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