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Saturday, December 17, 2011
Need You Now by James Grippando
A readable but uninspired thriller
Did you ever read a book that was more interesting for the places that the characters went than it was for the characters themselves? Well, this book is one of those.
Not that this is a bad book - it starts with an interesting underlying plot involving a Bernie Madoff type of ponzi scheme and a hint that the government had worked to keep the scheme going long after it should have been discovered. Bring in contract killers, terrorist connections, a dying former mobster in the witness protection program, cell phones infected with GPS tracking viruses, a love story gone bad (but maybe on the rebound?), secret identities, a mathematical genius and a cub scout leader and you would think that you would have the makings of a fine thriller.
Instead, the book just cruises on autopilot. The characters feel a bit shallow. The story bounds from one twist and turn to another but they just felt a bit forced.
Once again, not a bad book - just not a great one.
I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.
This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Need You Now.
Reviewed on December 17, 2011.