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Enjoyable But Implausible Story
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2018
Exhilarating read with almost non-stop action, gobs of blood and dead bodies dropping everywhere. When I read books in the thriller genre, I keep an open mind—not to the extent that my brain leaks—but enough to suspend disbelief and then some.
Dewey Andreas is a super-powered American superhero, similar to the Jason Bourne character. He’s in love and will soon marry a gorgeous woman. Aaaaand I knew where the storyline was headed, and soon the mah jong tiles began to fall—rather beautifully, I must admit.
In thrillers, I don’t expect a lot of atmosphere or milieu, but the plot and characters should have some semblance of reality. Example: In Chinese tradition, the surname is always first, followed by the given name. But the author never calls Fao Bhang or General Xu Qingchen by their surnames. It’s like calling General Dwight Eisenhower by his given name: Dwight.
As for General Xu, I doubt he’d eat a sandwich for lunch—maybe fried pancakes, steamed buns, dumplings or some kind of noodle dish.
As I said, I am open-minded whilst reading books in the thriller genre. However, there is a point in this plot line that I stopped reading to prevent my brain from leaking.
WARNING: SPOILER BELOW! SPOILER! SPOILER!
In order for Dewey to complete his mission, he passes as Chinese by using a silicon mask, hair dye, and shaving off his body hair. However, he needs serious medical attention in Beijing, so am I to believe that a Chinese doctor, paramedic or nurse would NOT know he’s a fraud?
After a break, I carried on reading, managed to suppress disbelief, and made it through the book. Overall, I enjoyed reading “Eye For An Eye.”