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The Malice Box by Martin Langfield

The Malice Box (2007)

by Martin Langfield

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Peor incluso que el Código Da Vinci ( )
  membrillu | Oct 30, 2009 |
Peor incluso que el Código Da Vinci ( )
  membrillu | Oct 30, 2009 |
The Malice Box sounds like a novel hanging on the coattails of the recent explosion of religious thrillers. However, Martin Langfield's début read is like Clive Barker collaborating with Dan Brown. Although grounded in that current popular genre of running around solving riddles, The Malice Box is heavily laced with a supernatural/mythological slant. This fresh angle should deliver a more engaging read than Langfield delivers. The Malice Box jumps back and forth with flashbacks, never creates characters that are particularly likeable, for they are all flawed, and most importantly the writing style creates frustration. Throughout the book, in an effort to create mystery, narrative stalls the reader with frequent efforts at halting converstaion with clumsy results. Almost at every turn Langfield answers questions with questions, or characters simply refuse to discuss critical plot elements. Overall, a good effort for a first novel, marred by sloppy attempts to create tension. ( )
  SonicQuack | Jun 14, 2009 |
An interesting thriller which attempts to weave elements of science and the spiritual together. The flashbacks serve as a device to give backstory, and evlove the plot. There was no real attachment to the characters, and although there were a few pulse racing moments, I found it too predictable.

Ultimately this book may have tried to convey a message showing how clinical we, as humans, have become; but the lack of emotional attachment to the characters diluted the message until it was almost undetectable. ( )
  lambada | Mar 30, 2008 |
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When Robert Reckliss is sent a copper puzzle box, accompanied only by a cryptic note, he has no idea his life is about to undergo a violent transformation. That night, an acquaintance kills himself in curious circumstances, the following day, a friend reveals a terrorist threat that could wipe the western world from the planet.… (more)

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