John Douglas- Man Down (Pocket Books 2004) 3.25 Stars
When a plane goes does containing some hot shots from Washington, Jake Donovan and his tem of Broken Wings are brought in. Terrorists are suspected to of been behind the attack after it is found out that the President’s wife was supposed to of been on the plane, but due to a change of plans she had hadn’t been. Before Donovan can even begin the government removes him from the case. Now Donovan must try to find his rich employer’s missing niece. It does not take long for him to realize that the cases may not be separate after all, and now he finds himself running for his life, trying to solve a conspiracy before it ends with him and his team.
The introduction for Man Down was great; it grabs your attention and makes you want to read more. I did find that after that though it was a little hard to get into for awhile. Half way through it picks up again and from there it is action packed until the end. The characters were certainly interesting and well-developed, and I found it interesting that the author has actually worked in the FBI so it gives the book that extra touch of realism. However I did find that things just happened a little too smoothly and worked out too conveniently. The ending kind of lame as well, and they had Jake Donovan explain how everything worked out instead of putting it all into and action-packed ending. Has John Douglas never heard of Show Not Tell!?
I would not slap my personal recommendation on this one, just an average read.
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