Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#241 : The Hollow Man by Paul Hollis : REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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GENRE: Fiction - Thriller
NUMBER OF PAGES: 244
FORMAT: Digital
SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book tours. Thanks guys!
REVIEW:
October this year seems to be the month of thrillers so far! This book did give a tough competition to all the other thrillers I’ve reviewed so far. With a constant element of suspense, the story had me hooked right from start.

Our protagonist, whose actual name is never revealed, is a NSA agent. Nicknamed Doc, he is tasked to observe the Spanish Prime Minister Blanco and learn new tactis of terror. Hell breaks loose when the Blanco is bombed during his daily visit to church. The man behind this assassination is a ruthless psychotic terrorist, Chaban who sets in motion a cruel plan for a terrorist attack in Paris.  The American government doesn’t acknowledge Doc’s presence as his identity is compromised. With burdening past and haunting dreams of a small girl who was murdered by Chaban, Doc traipses across Spain and France in a bid to foil Chaban’s plans. Zia, the bold and beautiful MI16 agent helps Doc in his mission.

The story completely frustrated me at one point. I didn’t who Doc was, what was his motive was, why that little girl haunts his dreams and if he really was a professional. The writer took his own sweet time in answering all the questions, save one – the real identity of Doc. These unanswered questions were my motive to keep reading the book. The book had a lot of gut wrenching scenes in terms of gory murder and bloodshed. In fact, the scenes of the little girl wiping her bloody face spooked so much that I dreamt about and woke up sweating profusely. Murder and children don’t exactly go well together with me. The writing was perfect with no typical clinches of a terrorist based plot. The writer deserves credit for inculcating humor in this gory story. The characterization was stellar. Though initially it was all confusing and murky, but as the plot progressed I realized the writer had gradually added dimension to Doc’s character. The description of Europe in the book stood out like a silver lining amidst all the bloodshed. It is apparent that the writer is well acquainted with European culture and culinary.

My wee little complaint would be the usage of Spanish and French phrases without exact translation. Not knowing both the languages, I had to Google what they meant. That was one big distraction.

MY SAY: Racy thriller with a good plot. Definitely not for the faint hearted.
RATING:
PLOT: 7.5/10
CHARACTERISATION: 8/10
NARRATION: 7/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 2/10 (lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
AUTHOR LINKS: Website   Twitter     Facebook
BOOK LINKS: Amazon     Barnes & Noble    Book Depository     Chapters/Indigo




GIVEAWAY! Win 1 of 5 print copies of The Hollow Man (open to USA & Canada)



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