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I know - the ending!
We Know - Gregg Hurwitz
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We Know - Gregg Hurwitz
Advantages: Good storyline, likable characters, good price
Disadvantages: A bit obvious in places
Nick Corrigan is just an ordinary bloke. Recently moved back to his home town and working with the homeless, he has just began to feel settled after seventeen years of running. He no longer wakes at 2:18 every morning, from the memories of his past. That is until a Swat team literally crash into his apartment one night.
Within a few minutes Nick is being whisked away on a black hawk helicopter to divert a disaster, a terrorist has barricaded himself in a nuclear power plant. But why is he demanding to speak to Nick?
It soon becomes clear that these events are connected to the past and the death of Nicks hero, his step father Frank. Suddenly life is spiraling out of control, Franks old employers, the secret service, are breathing down his neck, the President and his nearest rival are both eager to speak with him, someone is secretly photographing his every move and his estranged mother isn't coping too well with the reunion.
Apart from an ex girlfriend and a homeless drunk Nick doesn't know who to trust and after seventeen years looking over his shoulder he is understandably paranoid. Will he run again?
Nick is an easy character to like. Not knowing the full story, or even the basic concept really, I was already championing Nick within the first few pages, not an easy task for any author, it usually takes me at least a couple of chapters to 'get to know' my leading man, let alone like them, so hats off to Hurwitz for that. Although my knowledge and understanding of Nick changed through out the growing story line, my peception of him didn't. We learnt a great deal about him within the first few chapters, although he has endured a tough life at a young age he is still built as a honest but slightly confused character who is trying to make the best of things and I was still endeared to him until the end.
I really enjoyed the fast paced, action packed beginning of the book and it quickly had me hooked. I also liked learning about Nicks history and the explanation of the lead up to Nicks current life. When I realised the storyline was leading into political territories, I did begin to lose interest as it just isn't my thing but my relationship with Nick had begun to take effect by then, I cared about the guy and wanted to know how things were going to pan out. Thankfully, the thread was centred more around the politicians private lives than boring, drawn out explanations of their policies.
To be honest there were quite a few occasions where I though 'oh come on!', these moments are adequately explained away, but as in most books of this genre, the answers and evidence are found a bit too easily by rank amateurs. I also found a bit of an inconsistency in Nicks character, for some one so jumpy most of the time, (he wakes up at the same time - 2:18 every morning in a panicky sweat because of his past) you do feel he is maybe a little too calm and level headed in some incredible situations. These moments don't detract too much from the story, when reading books of this type it helps to let your imagination stretch a little!
The plot moved along nicely, I never found it difficult to follow and it changed direction a few times which kept my interest piqued. There was a little twist three quarters in which I didn't see coming and I will confess to having a tear in my eye! The actual ending I had worked out, but liked the way it was delivered so I wasn't overly disappointed.
All in all a well written and easy to read book. It doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through and it's not going to test your intellect, but with a likeable hero and an interesting storyline I definitely recommend it as an entertaining read.
I bought my copy from my local Co-op for £1.99.
Summary: Not bad for £1.99