If not particularly outstanding for any reason,
“Conviction” is certainly an entertaining actioner, formulaic, in the usual
three acts, with all the elements you would expect from that: a tough bad guy,
sinister high-level corruption, a vulnerable protectee (or three or four) and
an elusive link to a threatening past.
Add to this the spectre of a deadly super-villain with epic (and surely
terrible) plans, and you have a pretty entertaining book, in the vein of Childs
or Koontz, which is definitely worth a read.
“Conviction” is action-packed in all the right places, yet timed and
paced well; so well, in fact, as to incorporate its plot, sub-plots, and
backstories, all within an enjoyable 170 pages.
Add to this an ensemble of genuinely layered and thought-provoking
characters, whom Gill knows well, and you get a lot packed in to this
relatively short book without overkill. The action scenes are rousing and satisfying
set-pieces, and the moments in between are genuinely poignant; despite the
machine-like persona of the principle, Cane, you do find yourself empathizing
with him for that very reason.
Gill is a good author, with a professional approach to
fiction writing, whom I wish well. His
addition of the optional free download of a couple of short stories, to enhance
the backstories of two of its main characters, is a nice idea, which I liked a
lot; executed well, it doesn’t come off as a gimmick, but as a great little
bonus, which adds to the book. Hats off
to him for crafting (and crafting well) a promising and engaging series, and a
strong start with this instalment. If
you like action thrillers with a slightly futuristic, Crichton-esque twist, I strongly
recommend Dwayne Gill.
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