I had never read any Sean Black before, and one afternoon I was looking for some TV-like-light reading to pass some time and found this on Amazon. It’s overpriced at $2.99. It’s a short 19,000 words and feels like it.
Ryan Lock and his side-kick Ty (Tonto, anyone?) have been hired by a British Assurance firm to help make the exchange of a kidnapped businessman in Budapest. Unfortunately, it’s thoroughly predictable and has huge gaps with no explanation but with the usual cast of characters including the gullible victim, the beautiful assistant (why was she even there?) who can’t wait to screw the hero (but just a one off, no LTR, please.) Again, Tonto gets the shaft, no gorgeous babe for him, he seems to be more busy actually paying attention to what’s going on.
I hate to judge a body of work by one novella, but this really felt rushed. Lock doesn’t even have any interesting foibles. An author really needs to have something more than having his character move into the “Weaver” stance before shooting to keep my interest. Not even a sense of Budapest. Maybe for James Patterson fans.
This one shall go starless. Some people might like it. You’ll have to decide from my comments.
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