From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 06 Nov 2003

Joy wrote: I loved this book, Miker, as have all the other women I've heard mention it. Women even cite him as proof that, yes, a male author can write a real female character. Yet male readers seem to hate this series... Joy, who doesn't recall suspending any disbelief

*************** I thought Nina was a realistic female character about like Mike Hammer is a realistic male character. People do stupid things, so I usually don't have a problem with that, but Nina delivering the briefcase to the airport is a new apex. But that's nothing compared to her ability to bounce back from being brutally tortured. That was just absurd. The only thing close to it I can remember is the abuse that Kells went through in Paul Cain's FAST ONE.

I could go on and on about what I didn't like about the book. I didn't find the narrative compelling, nor the dialogue sharp. The plot was somewhere below mediocre, and all the characters were forgettable.

Any one or even a small combinations of the above I could have easily dismissed for one redeeming quality.
 I found none.

There was one place I saw in the book that carried potential, where something interesting could have happened, and that was her relationship with her dad, and that was resolved in an encounter that was at least as unimaginative as it was uncreative.


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