Today’s team review is from Bev, she blogs at http://baspicer.blogspot.fr/
Bev chose to read and review The American Policeman by John Privilege.
The American Policeman Review
I was given this book via Rosie’s Review Team in return for an honest review. I’d downloaded a sample, and wanted more.
The title intrigued me, as I love character-driven writing. Con, the American policeman, is convincingly drawn, foibles and all. His task – to capture a violent psychopath in a cleverly constructed post-apocalyptic London.
Privilege has a fluid style of writing, using dialogue effectively to fill out his characters. When we do get back story, this is slickly delivered for the most part.
If you enjoy a certain rawness, a certain intimacy of expression, this book will satisfy. These are real people, who are not afraid to say exactly what they think! I should add that there are a lot of them. I found it hard to keep track of who was who, and wondered whether so many characters were necessary, or whether my addled brain was just not keeping up!
I did find the middle part of the book a little slow. This was mainly due to a tendency to repetition. As the story unfolded, the action stalled, with too much attention given to recapping and planning for the eventual denouement. I didn’t skip ahead, but I did think about it. I certainly hoped that it wasn’t going to be an action thriller that was going to fizzle out and leave me stranded.
It absolutely didn’t.
When the pace picked up I was riveted. I’d guessed the twist, but that didn’t matter. The writing carried me along at a furious pace and the ending – well, it chilled me to the bone.
Another independent writer to add to my list.