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Matt Kruze is a fiction writer with a penchant for crime and mystery thrillers. Following a well-received short story, The Villager, set in his home village, Matt has since published his debut full length novel, Pursuit.
Matt lives in Buckinghamshire in the United Kingdom and is always happy to chat to aspiring and established writers.
on Feb. 28, 2014 :
Kyle and Sammy are two bank robbers that roam the USA with the FBI on their tail. Now, I must admit that “Pursuit” is the first book of this genre that I have read. I will be honest here – FBI and robber stories are not my cup of tea so I will try to be fair regardless of my reading preferences.
Matt Kruze has created a very realistic “cat and mouse” story and at that, by adding an obscure onlooker into the mix – just to heighten the suspense. Although I didn’t feel particularly attached to Sammy, I found Kyle endearing and easy to relate to. I specifically enjoyed the part where the robbers stayed with Kyle’s mother. Her character was incredibly lifelike. I could almost see her and the expressions on her face and chuckled at her ballsy comebacks to the FBI agents!
Matt Kruze follows his robbers as if filming them with a video camera and letting you see the entire footage. He follows them everywhere – not just when they are robbing banks or driving their car or eating out but even when they are showering or lying in bed. It feels a little claustrophobic at times to be so much in their heads. On the upside, this increases the illusion of reality and by the end of the book it feels like you have followed them up and down the USA, riding in their car with them all the way. Other than believable characters, there are also excellent descriptions of the locales and I found the references to the weather particularly amazing – Matt Kruze has a way with words! The use of language is this author’s strong point but I feel the flow in the story is lacking in the sense that there were far too many mundane interludes in the character’s daily lives that the novel could have done without. This is the only reason why I am giving this book a rating of four stars instead of five. Other than that, even though as I said I don’t normally go for this genre, I could totally appreciate this solid story where the use of language and character building are indeed superb.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Dec. 09, 2013 :
This is the second (of two?) books I've read by this author, the other being a short story. 'Pursuit' is a full length novel which switches perspectives between Kyle and Sammy, two bank robbers on a crime spree across America, and their FBI pursuers Special Agents Marsland and Johanssen.
The tension is developed nicely in a classic chase story, the hunters drawing ever closer to the hunted, always seemingly on the cusp of apprehension before the two criminals leave them behind. But there's more to the plot than just chase and evasion. Evolving beneath the surface is the story of 'the Invisible Man', a mysterious master criminal who's spent his career relieving bank vaults of their entire contents, without leaving a trace of evidence behind. Nobody even knows for sure if he exists, but as the reader we're given little snippets and tantalising clues here and there.
I can't really go into the plot any more, suffice to say that the drama grows ever more intense with each chapter, including an 'accidental' fatality, which brings some interesting introspection to both parties. Don't be surprised to find yourself feeling some sympathy for the baddies in this story either - they are drawn out in such a way as to inspire those breath-holding moments where you are willing them to escape! And yet the FBI are also given sympathetic treatment.
There are plenty of twists and the ending had my jaw hanging! Not sure if there's a sequel in the pipeline but it could definitely support one. A genuine page turner.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Meldrum House Publishing
on Nov. 18, 2013 :
“Pursuit” is an excellent title for this yarn of chase and elude. Matt Kruze has created a book that gives the reader insight into each of the main characters psyche and draws one along with intrigue. I found myself empathizing with both the protagonists and the antagonists at various times. Kruze has made them very human.
Kruze’s colossal command of the English language allows him to paint intricate scenes and give the reader a strong feeling for the layout. However it was problematic for me at times as I found it necessary to be looking up the definition of far too many words.
The text contains a few minor proofreading issues and times where there seemed to be confusion between standard and metric measurements, but all in all, an excellent read.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys intrigue and humanity.
(reviewed the day of purchase)