Takeoff (Seth Walker)
So, I have to confess: I don’t usually read “thrillers” that promise “non-stop action.” This is because my life is about as thrilling and full of non-stop action as I can handle, not because there is anything wrong with the genre itself. I don’t like my entertainment to be stressful. I like my entertainment to be escapist. However, I read “Takeoff” because the author, Joseph Reid, is a college friend of mine, and I like to support my friends in their creative endeavors.
I didn’t expect to like it because of the genre, and while it never morphed into ‘my kind of book’ I do appreciate its quality and I’m glad I read it, knowing the author notwithstanding. The pages flew by. The end was unpredictable. There was, in fact, non-stop action, and a good bit of intrigue that pulled me in. One thing I did like about it, which is different from a lot of books in this genre, is that it wasn’t inherently sexist. Impossibly beautiful women didn’t need rescuing by impossibly handsome men. All the romance (which was minimal) was based on sincere, understandable feelings and not 100% lust driven. There was, as is typical in every action movie I’ve ever seen, a good guy with impeccable aim and bad guys who apparently can’t hit the broad side of a barn with a shotgun. There was little remorse for all the dead bad guy foot soldiers that littered the pages. Some of the bad guys, at least, weren’t pure evil – they had motives that made sense, as opposed to just being hell-bent on mayhem like so many one dimensional bad guys. Other bad guys were just selfish, which, unfortunately, seems to drive a lot of bad guy behavior in the real world. Your heart will break for the victim of it all, and you’ll want to know more about the protagonist’s back story.
So: if you’re looking for a book to give you philosophical pause or make you cry, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for an adventure full of adrenaline with a healthy dose of testosterone, dive right in.
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