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on May 02, 2011 :
In some ways, Mr. Brown writes like a girl – but I mean that in the nicest way possible. I haven’t read a lot of books that have made me cry lately, writing sad and scary stories seems to numb you to that, but a few people manage to dig into you with their words and twist until it hurts. Evoking strong emotion is something I aim for myself, so I have to applaud other writers when they do it well. By about a sixth of the way into the book, I was already there, stuck dead centre in the middle of the story. I typically find those “shake-me-up” moments are reserved for the ending, so I appreciate it when a tale draws me in even sooner. It caught me by surprise in a few other ways as well.
In other ways, Mr. Brown also manages to write with a very masculine appeal, with plenty of fast-paced action and tough characters. I’m not usually fond of cop stories, so I was prepared to not like this book, but the story was stirring enough to push me past those prejudices, and there were plenty of unusual twists and turns to keep things interesting. He even had some of the stereotypical cop-story scenes, but his characters had sufficient personality that the author could make what should have been stale moments seem fresh to me. That and I’m a sucker for any story involving time-travel , as long as it has been well thought out, and anything in the past is written convincingly.
The other problem I normally have with cop or war stories is that the language used is often fairly simple and, for a better word, bland, but this was hardly a simple cop or war story. Mr. Brown was inventive enough with his description and use of vocabulary that I actually had to look words up (a rare occasion) – “concupiscence” BTW means “strong desire,” in this case, sexual. You learn something new every day.
Dakota was really entertaining, and I would recommend it as a great for men and women alike. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author, and I’m sure I will.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)