Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Reading, reading, reading... and Able Danger

Reading, reading, reading those proofs till the words stop making sense... and of course, the trouble with reading proofs is you end up trying to proof-read everything. It's not the best way to approach reading a new book. But I am still finding time to read, and the journey continues slowly.

Able Danger is a book that I found reviewed on the internet (the joy of following all those fun blogs and nings). It sounded like it would provide a pleasant evening's reading - well, it did mention James Bond and I am English... - so I was pleased to get a chance to read a free copy and join the author's virtual book tour, taking place this week.

Kensington Roth has penned an interesting tale in Able Danger, full of wild conspiracy theories, round-the-globe action, and perfectly rendered accents in intriguing, realistically confusing conversations. Reading sometimes like a movie script, the book begs to be seen on the screen. And the ending certainly turns the world on end - there's a sequel in the works which should be fun.

The main protagonist, Agent Harrison Court introduces himself in the second chapter, with a quick first-person nod to James Bond. Then a third-person narrator takes over. Court, who works for a “nonexistent sector of the CIA,” is heading for a meeting in Hong Kong on his way to meet his intended “China doll” bride. Plot, counter-plot and conspiracy theory lead to long discussions of fictionalized real-world terrorism. And special effects abound in the threat of super-weapons, high-speed car-chases, and “B-52s bombers landing two thousand pound bombs.”

The odd misused word distracted my reading, but that's the trouble with reading too many proofs I guess. And I wasn't entirely convinced by the conspiracy theory, though my views may have been colored by the fact that I was reading another book with 911 in its background at the same time.

It's fun to be part of the book tour, and I wish Kensington Roth every success with this book and its sequel. For a longer review, please look on my gather page, and for more information on the book and author, please go to the able danger book tour page.

Title: Able Danger
Author: Kensington Roth
ISBN: 978-0-615-29433-9
Publisher: Kensington Roth Media

4 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

This caught my eye: "the ending certainly turns the world on end - there's a sequel in the works which should be fun." It's interesting when authors end one book by setting up the premise for the next.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Cold As Heaven said...

When I proof read my own stuff (mostly science papers) I often feel i go into saturation, don't see what I should see. I have found it very useful to let colleagues help me do it, and in exchange i proof read for them

Janalyn Voigt (WaySinger) said...

Hi, Sheila. I know what you mean. I have the same problem after proof-reading too long.

prashant said...

It's interesting when authors end one book by setting up the premise for the next.
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