Run or Die

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...An actioner with plenty going on but, I suspect, a little too shallow for most action fans....

There are a few writing issues, particularly with comma locations and capitalisation, including on the first page: “medical team of young, Junior Doctors passed” and missing hyphens e.g. “knee length”.

This has great ideas and should be a rip-roaring ride and yet I couldn’t get into it. Perhaps it is because the characters come and go very fast making it hard to find any depth in them, and because I lost all sympathy for the main character very quickly in the second couple of chapters. The words of death for a book are “I don’t care about these people” and to be honest I didn’t. The author slowly began to get me back in the last chapter of the book, but by then it is too late.

I think a good editor could turn this into a four- or five-star book, but without it there’s simply too much going on to really get invested in it. The story happened without me ever feeling really drawn in, and with regard to characters I find it hard to actually give distinctive attributes or personalities to any of them. Their physical attributes are described, but the personalities are blank slates and since everyone is lying anyway it is hard to say if any of them have distinct traits.

Overall this is an actioner with plenty going on but, I suspect, a little too shallow for most action fans.

Rating: 2
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