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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of Trench Coats, Episode I: The Meeting

Goodreads | Eric_W Welch (Forreston, IL)'s review of Trench Coats, Episode I: The Meeting:

Generally, I am not a reader of this genre, nor am I a fan of serialized fiction., but I got  the first three installments of James Seeley's Pia Sobel novel for free so I thought, "WTF" I'll give it a shot.  I won't review the installments separately, however, but will instead, refer back to this location, site of the first section.  

Each thriller writer must have some kind of shtick: the protagonist is a quadriplegic, a cat, a dog, a mute dog, a paraplegic dog, an undertaker, an alcoholic, black, green, Indian, lives at home, cook, whatever, an ex-SEAL or seal. Rarely is s/he a relatively "normal" person.  Seeley's Pia is a former star soccer player. Having been a semi-professional soccer ref, that certainly appealed to me and knowing what extraordinary athletes they are certainly lends credence to some of her physical prowess. 

The background is that she runs an international security agency and has a particular interest in protecting children. She lets herself be drawn into the lair of the enemy who has (apparently, since we're only at the end of chapter 3) designs on kids and contacts in the State Department who seem more than happy to do his bidding. 

Since this is a serial, each section ends with a cliff-hangar as one would expect.  The story does hold your interest and I'll probably read Seeley's full-length novel. 

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