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The Righteous Men - Sam Bourne
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The Righteous Men - Sam Bourne
Advantages: Interesting plot; likeable central character
Disadvantages: Bit flaky
'The Righteous Men' by Sam Bourne is another freebie I managed to get my hands on when a friend was having a clearout. I had heard of Sam Bourne before and knew that his books have been compared to some of Dan Brown's novels. As I quite liked one or two of Dan Brown's books (especially Angels & Demons) I felt that a book by Sam Bourne would definitely be worth a read. The front cover of 'The Righteous Men' even compares Sam Bourne to Dan Brown, with a quote from the Mirror stating that Sam Bourne is 'the biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown'.
'The Righteous Men' is a story about a number of mysterious deaths that are taking place all over the world. No one thinks that these deaths could be connected and no one knows who is responsible. But Will Monroe, who is a reporter of a best selling newspaper, the New York Times, slowly starts to unravel clues and riddles which suggest that these deaths are murders which are incredibly sinister. Things get much more complicated when his wife, Beth, is kidnapped and her kidnappers seem to be connected with all the strange murders. In addition, all these baleful events are linked to religion and it is up to Will to find out what is going on if he ever wants to see his wife again.
Well the story certainly had an interesting plot. In fact when I read the paragraph above this one I think I would definitely want to read a book with a story like this if I hadn't already read it! In reality however 'The Righteous Men' is more average than excellent for the fictional thriller genre. That's not to say that I didn't want to finish it - I definitely did. I liked the main character, Will, who had a good amount of realism to him which was revealed often in italic text to put across his private thoughts. Some of these were even giggle-worthy which also provided some light relief from what is otherwise a rather serious story. Having a likeable central character always helps in my opinion, and this book definitely had that.
What makes this story an average one however is its believability. There were so many instances in which I wondered whether any of this might ever be able to happen in real life. I know this is fiction and its not supposed to be real, but I think that its always nice to be able to visualise what you are reading and that includes being able to see in your own mind each character and the events that take place. And this is where 'The Righteous Men' lets itself down. A book with a good plot but with the journey from A to B just not feasible for me. Some of the supporting characters for example, I just couldn't see as real people in a real world and this gave an overall effect of flakiness.
The saving grace of 'The Righteous Men' however is the climax of the story and the overall conclusion. I always like it when a book concludes in way that I did not guess as this somehow makes me feel quite satisfied after reading it. This book did keep me interested all the way through but when it came towards the end my enjoyment of it definitely increased.
So how does Sam Bourne compare to Dan Brown? Well this is the first Sam Bourne book I have ever read so I don't think it's very fair for me to try and compare. What I will say though is that there was a lot of potential for this book and I did enjoy it to a degree. And I can't say that I wouldn't be tempted to read some of his other work. All in all I would say that if you like Dan Brown then it might be worth trying a Sam Bourne novel out.
You can buy 'The Righteous Men' for £2.70 (new) or £0.01 (used) (plus p+p) from Amazon.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Worth a read