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Friday, October 2, 2009

Review - The Escape Artist by Teel James Glenn

Title: The Escape Artist

Author: Teel James Glenn

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

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Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

The Escape Artist is a “How-will-he-get-out-of-it” Thriller, with a touch of the supernatural, gangsters, Houdini’s Ghost, Japanese killers, Voodoo, a love triangle and six (count ’em: six) impossible death traps that challenge Timothy Locke, the pacifist/loner hero of the book.

On the eve of the millennium, someone tries to kill Locke during an escape from between the Twin Towers. In hunting the assassin, he is drawn into the world of voodoo from his past and a conspiracy that goes back to his time as a prisoner in Vietnam.

The book is solidly in the Eric Van Lusbader/Robert Ludlum tradition, with the action scenes, the stage magic and the voodoo sequences meticulously researched by an author who had literally written the book on action scenes!

This book needs focus. There is just too much going on and we get bounced between several different characters in several different groups and get each of their views on their world. It’s confusing and at times unnecessary. It would be better to follow one character and how he meets the challenges as they come.

In my opinion, adding more elements to a story does not make a story more exciting. I’d rather see a fewer elements done well, than a bunch thrown in and none getting the attention they deserve.

That said, the writing in this story is good. There is plenty of description and the flow is smooth.

Overall, not a terrible story, it just needs refining.

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