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May 20, 2009

Relentless

by Simon Kernick

With”Relentless” sitting on my bookshelf for some time and R&J having given it some rave revues as a summer read, expectations were high. It just goes to show you really have to reserve judgment and make up your own mind, given that it’s been a while since I enjoyed a book so little.

After a shaky start, it quickly became clear that this was a book so full of clichés it was gonna make me sick as a parrot. This is the story of John Meron, a happily married father of two who receives a phone call out of the blue from an old mate, Jack Calley, desperate for his help. Over the phone Meron hears Calley being murdered as he reveals the first two lines of Meron’s address, an event which sets the wheels in motion for a real roller coaster ride of high-octane action, intrigue and emotion. Snore.

For me the writing just didn’t have the calibre of authors such as John Grisham or Dan Brown, who manages to pack a right ripping 24-hour yarn into a novel and keep you hanging on until the very end. Full of clichés and clichéd characters, it failed to capture my imagination on several levels.

James’ out-of-five star rating: *

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