Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Book 47 of 52 -- James Patterson's Sail

SAIL opens well; a dysfunctional family is taking an extended vacation in an attempt to reconnect, a successful new husband won't be coming along, then we are introduced to elements of the underworld.

The way these entities become knitted together makes for an appealling, fast read.

For a novel of this sort, the characters are well developed; though the book does seem to scream "Make me a TV-movie!"

Unfortunately, just when we could see some real action and edge-of-your-seat suspense, the authors take a wrong turn.

As for the writing, Patterson and Roughan rely much too heavily on vulgar wordsand it makes one wonder who the book was written for.

Obviously, the criminal element isn't going to use nice language, but to "hear" a constant stream flowing from the family, especially pre-trauma, is unreasonable.

The book is a quick read, but how much time can one spare for vulgarity and a story that doesn't come through?

Maybe I am just getting annoyed at James Patterson cashing checks when he should worry about the quality.

Thank goodness I got it at the library.

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