“ Genre: Fiction / Author: Martin Baker / Hardcover / 400 Pages / Book is published 2008-01-04 by Macmillan „
Meltdown written by Martin Baker, attempts to deal with the complex world of international finance, greed and corruption.
I don't consider myself to be an expect with books of this genre, having only read four or five thrillers in the past, but I still know what to expect and what I should get from a book like this, and sadly I have to say that Meltdown could have been, but more to the point should have been so much better.
I would normally go in to the details of the story at this point, but in this case I can't because it's so unremarkable that there is little to say about it. In fact the brief synopsis on the back cover of the book pretty much tells you most of the story anyway.
The dull pace alone from Meltdown left me bored and uninterested. I found the characters to be generally boring, unbelievable, and all have rather similar traits. The plot like most other things in the book seems rather synthetic and implausible. The frequent sex scenes generally don't work. They simply detract from the (cough) story and seem unnecessary (I never thought I would say that sex is unnecessary). But to tell you the truth, I get the impression that the writer has just wrote them into the pages in an somewhat unsuccessful attempt to liven it up. The story isn't even remotely exciting taking far to long to get going. Forget about character development as Samuel (the main man) seems to be able to do anything in anyway (think Superman meets James Bond). Most of the female characters only seem to be in the book to provide him with a source of kinky sex.
Finally I'm not entirely sure I completely understand the ending as a few things seem to be unexplained, I have the feeling that I must have somehow missed a few things through the book, but I'm in no real hurry to go back and find them.
I have to admit that there were a few elements of the book that I liked. Such as the who-done-it perspective (which is always enjoyable). There are a few twists and surprises throughout (they were nothing great but still welcome). The story does pick up towards the end, but not enough to save the book. If Meltdown was a film, I properly would have enjoyed it a lot more (as it would be more exciting and carefully edited), but as a novel it leaves me otherwise disappointed.
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