I just finished reading the Kindle book “Isolated: A Jason King Thriller”, by Matt Rogers. It only cost 99 cents and was moderately enjoyable, so I’m not complaining, but several comments come to mind.
First of all, the English grammar is sketchy, to say the least. Some of it might have been on purpose, with the idea that special-forces type Jason King would express his thoughts that way. If that was the idea, I think it was a mistake and just made him sound dumb. Probably it was due to inadequate proof reading.
Another odd thing about Jason King – he often repeats, in his thoughts or to others, that his amazing talents and extensive experience make it impossible for an enemy to sneak up on him (then someone comes up behind him and bashes him on the head). He also asserts that his instincts and experience enable him to know when his enemy is out of bullets (just before said enemy takes a shot that almost kills him). I don’t think this was meant to be funny, but it was amusing because Rogers has King dwell on his experience and talent so much, apparently not trusting the reader to get it after one or two mentions.
I assume that Rogers knows all about various types of guns, cars, and planes, but unless he’s willing to do his homework he should stay away from microbiology. His villain here has a stock of white powder that after a single glance, King can say is anthrax spores. A little later he calls anthrax a virus.
The appeal of this book is the non-stop action, with King mowing down bad guys right and left, some of the time with a beautiful woman at his side. But there was a jarring note here, too. When he first met this woman and she didn’t answer his questions, he decided that he would just have to kidnap her.
The villain supposedly was after money. Why did that make him want to decimate the population of an Australian city with anthrax? And although he’s provided with a motive for being annoyed with Jason King, it’s hard to see why he wanted King around, sometimes trying to kill him and at other times keeping him alive?
Summary: Jason King is a (very) poor man’s Jack Reacher.
Note: The Kindle version of Murder with a French Accent, the second Alex Kértesz mystery will be free on Amazon from April 19th through April 23rd.
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