Martin is known for his sweeping cast of characters and extravagant plots. Here, he just writes well. Wish he did that more
I rarely like a movie or TV series better than a book; this one I did. The characters were more finely drawn than in the book and, of course, John Cusack is always superb.
Mm, mm, good! A spy thriller in the best tradition of Le Carre and Steinhauer. The tension and plot is almost entirely psychological, with multiple layers of deceit and lying among the characters. There is very little violence and weapons appear only rarely, but the pace and tension crackles.
Lee Child’s Reacher novels are masterpieces of character, pace, plot and location. His short stories, other than the ones featuring an adolescent Reacher, are not, full of character inconsistencies and plot holes. I WOULD like to see a full-length Reacher adolescent novel, however.
Unlike other popular genre writers so prolific that their output (and quality!) could only be attributed to sweat shops of child writers in Bangladesh or Indonesia, Scottoline actually writes a realistic thriller that has characters we care about. Not a note out of tune.