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Eye Of Vengeance - Jonathon King

Eye Of Vengeance

Author: Jonathon King
Book title: Eye Of Vengeance
ISBN: 0451221508
ISBN13: 978-0451221506
Publisher: Signet (June 5, 2007)
Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Rating: 4.3/5
Votes: 787
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Covering the story of a convicted murderer who has been killed in front of a corrections facility, veteran crime reporter Nick Mullins becomes increasingly alarmed when he realizes that his own news subjects are being targeted by a serial killer. Reprint.
Reviews: (7)
I’ve been a fan of Jonathon King since I read the first Max Freeman novel. If I’d read this book first, I never would have tried them.

It’s not that this is a bad story. It’s just not as good as those are.

It starts with a bang – literally and figuratively – which is a good thing but there are no more ‘bangs’ until midway through and at the end. Most of the ‘action’ here happened in the past and we learn about it through the main character’s memory and search through old newspaper stories. There is a resolution to the story but it seemed incomplete, as if King had left something out, as if what was in his mind didn’t make it onto the page.

I also never felt as close to Nick Mullins as I did to Max Freeman. In those books, I felt as if I was along for the ride. In Eye Of Vengeance, I felt like I was watching a TV program.

I wish King had used the time and effort he put into this book into writing another Max Freeman story. They’re better in every way.
I needn't rehash the plot which has been so ably described on this page. In fact the idea of the plot, plus the excellent reviews, drew me to buy the book in the first place. What a disappointment. Nick, the protagonist, is a one-dimensional character, and Michael Redman's story is unfortunately overshadowed by Nick's constant guilt. Nick Mullins works too much. He didn't pay enough attention to his family while his wife and other daughter were alive. He fights with Dierdre, his editor, all the time because she has no ethics. By the fourteenth time I had read all this, my patience wore thin. Worse was the author's practice of telling me everything and showing me nothing. Because the cast of characters is so thinly sketched I could barely tell one cop from another, and the other reporters at Nick's papers were barely more than shadows. For a novel to work, we have to care about the characters, or be fascinated by them, or repulsed. By the end of the book, all the sloppy shortcuts the writer had taken simply wore me out. I cared nothing for the people in the story, or the story itself. My prevailing emotion was anger that I'd wasted the money in buying it. Perhaps I'm alone in my disappointment, but I would suggest no one purchase Eye of Vengeance unless you've read two or three chapters first, and find the style to your liking.
This book was very enjoyable to read. It moved along well and kept my interest. A good mystery without the gore.
Great setting for the story and a bit different and the prose was beautiful. If you like James Lee Burke, I think you will enjoy this author.
I have recently discovered Jonathon Kings first Novel, The Blue Edge of Midnight which was excellent. I tend to get "hooked" on a character and enjoy following this character through several books. That may have been why I didn't enjoy Eye of Vengeance as much. I may have been reading a few too many mysteries as I guessed what was going on about halfway through. It was a quick read but not too hard to put down like the Max Freeman books are. Not a great book but good enough.
Good book
It was outstanding.
Interesting insight on the world of modern newspapers. The sniper angle has been done, and better, before. King writes well, you won't be bored, but hope for better the next time.
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