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This is a strange PG Cold War tale set mostly in Germany after the Berlin airlift that can be read in an afternoon. I had an ARC via Bookfunnel and this is my voluntary review.
Quakerwidow | May 20, 2024 |
The Girl Who Wasn't There: Capital City Characters: Episode IV, my first read from author K.C. Sivils, an author I'd wanted to read for some time but never got around to him (so many books, so little time). Well-written and captivating with well-developed main. I was given a Kindle copy and am voluntarily reviewing it. I’ll be reading more by this author as I get them. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).
Rauger | Jan 11, 2024 |
Writing is good but I can't stomach mindless machoism.
BridgitDavis | 2 other reviews | Jul 4, 2021 |
I didn't have the patience for this, so I did not finish but I can see it would have been a good and satisfying whodunit½
BridgitDavis | Jun 26, 2021 |
This science fiction detective story was interesting in the jumps and spaces in the continuity. I didn't have to wade through large chunks of writing to learn what was elegantly inserted later in the progression of the story. The result was a well paced comprehensive immersion in the world and character.
BridgitDavis | Mar 30, 2020 |
The Predator and The Prey is the story of police Inspector Thomas Sullivan’s efforts to catch a serial killer and stop the theft of living-saving medicine on a distant mining planet, Beta Prime, 200 years in the future. If you’re familiar with the fictional characters of Philip Marlow, Mike Hammer, or Sam Spade, and you put one of them in a future, outer-space setting, then you have a pretty good idea of the feel of this book.

Like the characters from the hard-boiled literary genre mentioned above, Inspector Thomas Sullivan is an antihero, more interested in justice than the letter of the law. He’s also damaged, riddled with remorse for his failures. To accommodate a character like Sullivan, Beta Prime is not a sleek, technologically advanced world – his ‘lead with your fists, rather than your badge’ attitude would not fit easily in an advanced society. Rather, Beta Prime is lawless and corrupt, again somewhat paralleling the typical setting of the hard-boiled genre – the 1920-30s prohibition era and organized crime. For me, recasting the typical hard-boiled crime story into a future, outer-space setting worked quite well.

The book, however, did have some shortcomings. First, there were some small but quite persistent tics in the author’s writing. Word repetition was particularly problematic. At one point, the author uses the word ‘evil’ five times in six, consecutive sentences. Certain themes and thoughts are also repeated unnecessarily. Some occurrences of either of these minor missteps is understandable, but the frequency of them made staying immersed in the story difficult for me.

Second, the author tended to take what should have been subtle nuances in a character’s make up and push them to the point of breaking. Sullivan’s tendency toward feeling remorse is one example. By the end of the book, he is blaming himself for just about everything that goes wrong. An initially complex character became distorted by unnecessary emphasis on one trait. The character of the serial killer took a similar route, as he seems almost supernatural by the end.

The interested reader should also note that this book contains somewhat graphic violence against children.

So, for fans longing for the days of Philip Marlow, Mike Hammer, and Sam Spade, you may be able to satisfy that urge with The Predator and The Prey, if you’re not easily distracted by minor writer’s tics and some rather heavy-handed character development.
BMPerrin | 2 other reviews | Sep 17, 2019 |
This is the third book in the series, and it shows. The characters are more complex and the writing more involving. The plot is interesting, and walks well the thin line between telling too much or too little, keeping the story interesting and compelling.

A great read!
Claudia_M | Oct 27, 2018 |
Oh my, what a story! I was drawn to the inspector from the very first and I liked his "take no bull" attitude plus he sounded a little creepy so it's a good thing he's on our side! Thomas Sullivan had seen much in his career and he knew that being "sent" to Beta Prime to clean up the corrupt officials was just a coverup. His superiors didn't like the way he took over their office and it never phased him a hoot, all he knew was that they thought he was a pasty to set him up for their crimes! This is my first introduction to the inspector and I can't wait to read the next book!
HOTCHA | 2 other reviews | Jan 14, 2018 |
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