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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Brief: The Finisher by David Baldacci

The Finisher 
David Baldacci
The author or publisher is sending out the first two chapters to create buzz for David Baldacci's new book, his first foray into imaginative literature. Is it worthy of a buzz?

The plot is, certainly. If you reach the end of chapter two, you'll likely read on. Vega has a good friend in Quentin Herms who teaches her the ways of being a Finisher. But something's up when she witnesses him fleeing the Wugmorts into the dangerous Quag.

The imaginative set-up leaves a lot of questions.  If you've read Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange or some of Margo Lanagan's stranger works, the strange vocabulary here may not challenge you. But others will be scratching their heads. The opening does not answer many questions, but I suspect we're living in a future Earth where technology has been swept away. Dogs (or dog-like creatures) are called canines. Hopefully, the rest of the novel explains the terminology.

If you're up for the challenge, this may be your next novel. Since Baldacci is a thriller writer, anticipate an edge-of-your-seat ride.

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