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I mostly enjoy the Alex Hawke series and this one was ok. Seems like thriller writers got together and all decided to use the Chinese as protagonists for the last 2 years or so.
For whatever reason, this one was bouncing back and forth between a few three story threads all the time which got sort of irritating. When it started to flow together about 3/4 the way through it finished well.
I can never quite get into John Shea's performances. It was ok, but it seems like he's done better in the past. Something about his Stokely Jones really grates on me. His job was made easier because his main Chinese bad guy and his daughter all speak with British accents. Ok, but not great.
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What did you like best about Warriors? What did you like least?
John Shea does a good job, as usual, with the reading. But he seems to be trying a little too hard this time. Might be because of the disjunct plotline, or just because the book is full of predictable, poorly constructed transitions. I kept getting frustrated with Warriors as one strange, implausible twist after another is left unresolved or unexplained. General plot is straight-forward - evident immediately - but there is so much misdirection and needless filler going on that you never know what's really going on. Writing doesn't sound like Ted Bell. Almost like it was co-written or ghost-written by someone trying to impress with their abiliy to type... a lot.. Usually, Bell's dialogue and detail are important to the story. In this case, no so much.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Less of the above mentioned mess, and more traditional writing.
Which scene was your favorite?
Really didn't have one. That's fairly telling.
Did Warriors inspire you to do anything?
It inspired me to look forward to Ted Bell making a better effort next time!
Any additional comments?
Not recommended for TRUE Alex Hawke fans.
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