I never make New Year Resolutions, as I never keep them. However, in a previous blog post, I stated that I have made two for 2018, and I was determined to keep them. The first was to read more. Books, that is. I would aim to read at least one book per month. Some times that’s easier said than done – so should I aim for “12 books in 2018” instead? No. That would just put more pressure on me if I don’t finish a book by the end of the month.
Anyway, I can confirm that today (31 January), I have just finished my first book of the year.
The Tower, by Simon Toyne. First published 2013. 498 pages. ISBN 978 0 00 739208 7.
When I bought this book, I didn’t know that this was actually the third of a trilogy (I will point out here that this makes no difference to the reading. I have not read the previous two books, nor do I intend to… This book was perfectly readable on its’ own). Whenever I buy a book, it’s the cover design that grabs my attention first. If I am drawn to the cover, I will read the description on the back.
REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?
After centuries of secrecy, the forbidden Citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin opens its gates. A deadly disease has ravaged everything within. Charity worker Gabriel Mann is dying – but may also hold the only cure.
Without him, ex-journalist Liv Adamsen stands alone against those who want her silenced. However, Liv soon has far bigger concerns than just her own life…
In America, FBI agent Joe Shepherd searches for NASA’s missing head scientist. His investigation unearths a global conspiracy that is preparing for an event beyond all reckoning.
But nobody is ready for what is coming. And when it does – it will change everything.
I’m a fussy reader, and the genres I choose are rather eclectic. Ha ha, a bit like this blog really. I enjoy reading chick lit; where the main character(s) are women, and is a bit of a romantic comedy. On the other hand, I have really enjoyed reading conspiracy / thrillers; so the blurb on this book called to me.
I have to admit that it was a little slow in starting off. It seemed all over the place, as the story focused on different “main” characters, who were in different parts of the world. I couldn’t get my head around it, but perseverance paid off, as by about chapter 10, I was able to distinguish whose story line I was “playing out”. 10 chapters in may sound like a lot, but the chapters in this book are well written, and are about 3-5 pages long.
I found a lot of the characters likeable. I was able to somewhat “see” what they were describing, and I did feel a lot of empathy for them.
There were a couple of chapters towards the end of the book that I think happened too fast… I don’t want to give any spoilers here, but I think three characters story lines were ended rather abruptly. There was no real build-up to it – it just sort of happened; and to me, there could have been more to it.
The whole book sort of ended quickly too. All the characters, and the plot was closed, so it didn’t leave me with any unanswered questions, but it really felt like the author had just given up. “I’m bored, let’s wrap this up”, type of thing. Which was a shame – especially considering this was the final book in the trilogy.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who does like to read conspiracy novels.