Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Dire Means by Geoffrey Neil

Another free book from FreeBooksy!

This book started with so much promise. It's a thriller with zero fantasy elements. There WILL be spoilers.

It does start off pretty creepy. People are disappearing and you aren't told WHO or WHY. (Unless you read the teaser) You do get to see HOW they're being abducted so that's sort of neat.

Neil tries really hard to make the protagonist an average Joe. He has an average job doing computer work, he's not married, a few friends, and he tries to be a "nice guy." The novel basically begins with him doing a good deed and getting screwed over (and beat up).

He gets to know what it feels like to be homeless for all of a few hours. OMG he *truly* understands now! (insert me rolling my eyes)

He ends up saving the day when people start turning up dead. Classic ending.

Now for the sarcasm!

If you want to piss me off when I'm reading your book be sure and do this:
- Introduce a character
- Make that character seem important. Make us CARE about this guy. Keep talking about him.

I ended up seriously frustrated. Really? It's something small, but it was a big deal to me.

Other than that, the book is your standard thriller. Something scary is happening and the protagonist has to swoop in and save the day. The concept was interesting though. The ending also felt rushed after the beginning was drawn out.

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