Top critical review
Only a 2 rating, for one reason.
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2019
This book was not as good a story as “Agent Zero”, Book One. But, that is not why I gave this read a “2” rating.
It is particularly ironic, I feel, because I hailed the first book by giving it a “5” rating, so couldn’t wait to read “Target Zero”, Book Two. Read my review of the first book in the series and see for your self.
I gave this book a low grade for one reason –-- it ends in a cliff hanger. I don’t like cliff hangers.
In fact, I don’t understand why a writer feels compelled to write them.
There are six books in this series. I have read the first two and have little doubt that the entire series will ultimately end on an “all’s well that ends well” note. That’s okay, but, I don’t want to get there following a series of “The Perils of Pauline” cliff hangers. I got enough of that, as a kid, watching fillers during Saturday morning matinees at the local movie theater.
So, in my experience, whether it is one book, or several books of a series, each read must have an ending. We readers want resolution to the story line.
If the writer feels compelled to end the read otherwise, so as to entice a reader to read further of their work, I’d suggest they only need follow the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I’ve read them all and hunger to continue to do so. No book in that series ends with a cliff hanger; each ends with a resolution unto itself.
I don’t re tell story lines in my reviews. But, what I will say is that as good as was the first book with all the action contained therein, aside from what I say above, this book did not contain the same “spark” of reader interest for me, story line wise. I don’t want to get specific, but, suffice it to say, all things considered I would have rated this read a “3”. Simply put, Reid Lawson WAS Agent Zero. And, THAT was interesting, but the reverse comparison was not at all as interesting to me.