Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Run by Andrew Grant

Marc Bowman, a highly successful computer consultant and software designer, walks into his job at a major tech company one morning only to find himself fired on the spot, stonewalled by his boss, and ushered out of the building. Then things get worse: An explosive argument drives his wife away and a robbery threatens to yank a million-dollar idea—and his whole future—out from under him. In a matter of hours, Marc has gone from having it all to being sucker-punched by fate. But it’s only Monday, and before the week is over, he’ll be stalked, ambushed, wiretapped, arrested, duped, double- and triple-crossed—until he can’t tell enemies from allies.

Suddenly, the only thing standing between him and the wrath of everyone from the FBI to Homeland Security to his desperate ex-bosses is a flash drive full of data that might just be the holy grail of high-tech secrets—and a holy terror in the wrong hands. Now, as the gloves come off and the guns come out, turning back is hopeless and giving up is madness. The only person left for Marc to trust is himself. And the only thing left to do is keep running—or end up a dead man walking.

The cover of this one really caught my eye. I was interested to see what this new (to me) author had up his sleeve because the concept of this novel sounded pretty interesting. Unfortunately, it just didn't hold my attention like I wish that it could have. 

It's not a bad book ... even with it being an ARC it was polished. For those of you who don't know, an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy ... it's basically just a copy of the book made specifically for reviewers ... there usually isn't a cover, there are probably still grammar/punctuation/spelling issues. It's main job is to get the book out there before it's actually published so that it can create a buzz before it hits shelves. Anyway ... finding an ARC without any issues is pretty rare and I was happy to see how well it was put together. But nothing else really added up for me. 

Is it exciting? Yes. Is it fast paced? Yes. Is it quite confusing? YES! I'd like to think of myself as someone who isn't an idiot but I'm beginning to wonder if that is accurate at all because this book really gave me a run for my money ... haha ... run ... anyway ... there was just too much ... I don't know. Too much intrigue? Gosh. I guess the word intrigue will work ... I can't come up a good word to describe what I mean without spoiling something important. 

Here's the deal ... it's like seeing a cat and knowing that it's a cat but then having someone come up to you and convince you that the person who taught you that it was a cat was totally lying to you and what you thought was a cat is actually a dog. But then the person who first taught you that it was a cat comes back and informs you that the person who told you it was a dog was just trying to fool you and that it actually is a cat and you start to believe them. But then a third person comes up and tries to convince you that the first two people are pulling the wool over your eyes and what you were told were cats and dogs were actually hippos. Are you confused yet? Yeah. That's what this novel was for me. There was just to much flip-flopping and it's not that I couldn't keep up with it but that it totally lost my interest. 

I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, they felt a little shallow to me ... almost like shells of a person because they just didn't have any depth in my mind. I didn't really care about the outcome of the novel because I just wasn't invested in the characters. It really pains me to say that since there is so much work that goes into writing a novel but there it is.

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