I’m a huge fan of Crichton and Preston and Preston/Child books. They all create lovely worlds of weirdness and action and thrills that rarely disappoint. This one is so poorly written I mean, we’re talking about TAKS test narratives by fourth grade Texas students written and so requiring of belief suspension with retarded segues and INSERTED plot devices that it left my head spinning. It’s stunningly bad. And you know what? I still had to finish it just to find out that, yes, what I thought would happen, happened. I skimmed pages so bad that I was really just registering punctuation. And I knew what happened. It will be made into a movie for sure. It is HORRIBLE FUBAR EPIC FAIL.
“Retarded segues” is immediately going into my Arsenal of Critical Contumely.
Three other reviews at the same link, including a smallish disquisition on J. K. Rowling’s post-Potter plodder.