Very funny book at the start, then it settled down and got more serious but also quite interesting. I enjoyed it and envy the author for having spent his life doing a job he loved - his pleasure in that comes across strongly.
I will say I bought it on the strength of the sample and the rest of the book wasn't as good. I'm still recommending it, and giving it a very solid three stars, but it isn't quite as hilarious as the reviews and the sample would lead you to expect.
The book covers about 20 characters, some overlapping, some just touching on each other's lives, and to be honest I got confused and gave up on trying to remember who fitted where. It's like a soap (would make a riveting soap, considering the subject matter) and I've heard a lot of the characters are based on people in this giant industry. As it was, I was reading on the train, page by page, journey by journey. I couldn't tell you the story (apart from a few characters who were dominant) but then most of us can switch on a soap and enjoy an episode without having to know the whole story. My eyebrows shot up quite a few times!
The tags pretty much cover it. Mystery, action, bullies, action adventure, teen action, and so on. I haven't read an adventure story in a while and so I don't know if this was typical but it was certainly non-stop, not a page without incident.
There were a few things I thought needed tightening up but on the whole, I could recommend as a complete rollercoaster. There's enough adventure here for three books, all crammed into one ...