In Paradise, nothing is what it seems... THE FORGOTTEN Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation.
This intriguing novel has kept me reading it once I started. At the beginning, there are a lot of mysteries though you know it must be related to slave trade as we can see it from the big man's (Mecho's) perspective. At the end, there are a lot ofThis intriguing novel has kept me reading it once I started. At the beginning, there are a lot of mysteries though you know it must be related to slave trade as we can see it from the big man's (Mecho's) perspective. At the end, there are a lot of gunfights with impressive firepower, especially when it was ended with a powerful Army chopper.
But I somehow often feel that it's a pop-fiction that the author was manipulating to make the readers feel nervous. For example, when John Puller Jr. et. al. deduced that Peter Lampert's people must have returned to the oil platform, Mecho claimed that the Coast Guard's cutter or aircraft would be noticed miles away and Lampert's guys would kill the prisoners and be gone before the cutter even could get close. Obviously, the author was making up the reason for 4 (or actually 5 including Landry) of them to stealthly attack the oil platform such that we would have a risky and uncertain fight to look forward to. Why couldn't the Coast Guard form a stealth force ?! Of course, if the overwhelming force attacks the oil platform rather than just those 4, the fight wouldn't be risky nor bring any suspense at all.
At least for more than (the first) half of the novel, when the narrative was from Mecho, I'd feel a bit impatient and hoped that it'd finish soon so the story could go back to the narrative from John's perspective, as John's portion seemed to be the mainstream and more interesting detective story. When Mecho saved John and then they joined forces, we were more than relieved.
There were quite a few unexpected surprises. The biggest surprise is the role of Cheryl Landry. Earlier, the author made us think that Chief Henry Bullock might be the corrupted officer so that the readers didn't really suspect Landry at all. Jane Ryon and Griffin Mason were also unexpected but they were more like strangers, at least the readers knew them way less than Landry. Chrissy Murdoch was another relatively lesser surprise because her "anomaly" was gradually revealed. Even though we couldn't guess who she was and which side she was on, we gradually knew that she's not just James Winthrop's woman.
p.224 (16th line), there should probably a space in "Ofcourse" (ie. "Of course").