An Innocent Among Them
Jack Allen
book reviews:
· general fiction
· chick lit/romance
· sci-fi/fantasy
· graphic novels
· nonfiction
· audio books

Click here for the curledup.com RSS Feed

· author interviews
· children's books @
   curledupkids.com
· DVD reviews @
   curledupdvd.com

newsletter
win books
buy online
links

home

for authors
& publishers


for reviewers

click here to learn more




Buy *An Innocent Among Them* online

An Innocent Among Them

Jack Allen
Burping Frog Publishing
Paperback
344 pages
July 2003
rated 2 of 5 possible stars
previous reviewnext review

An Innocent Among Them mixes murder, mayhem and military intelligence into a what ought to have been a rip-roaring thriller. There are Columbian drug lords, former secret agents, current secret agents, agent wannabes, spoiled rich girls, and decadent parties where the strangest people get recruited to become killers. On television, the world of hitmen and hitwomen looks glamorous, but in An Innocent Among Them a dichotomy emerges. Some are suave and debonair like James Bond, and others are bumbling and unattractive like Austin Powers.

The storyline is about criminals trying to avoid being caught or eliminated and agents who are empowered to overtake said criminals - or just blow them away. It is a bit of a shoot-'em-up cowboy story. The problem is that the plot, or what passes for it, is undefined and wavers all over the place. The characters are two dimensional and unbelievable. The settings are well-described, but they are populated by novel archetypes that foretell their own end. There are some good action sequences to punch things up a bit. There are some details about procedure, weapons, and tactics, which show either good research or previous experience. However, it ultimately falls short. What should be a mystery/military novel just comes out a mish-mash.

An Innocent Among Them is ultimately a good idea gone awry.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Camden Alexander, 2005

Other books by Jack Allen:

buy *An Innocent Among Them* online
click here for more info
Click here to learn more about this month's sponsor!


fiction · sf/f · comic books · nonfiction · audio
newsletter · free book contest · buy books online
review index · links · · authors & publishers
reviewers

site by ELBO Computing Resources, Inc.