I find it increasingly the case that when I read, even for my own pleasure, that I analyse the story I'm reading.
It isn't the case that I'm looking for ideas, or that I want to be a critic, it is just that I am aware of how the story is going and whether the way it has been presented is entertaining to me. So a very subjective process.
This is the book I am reading at present. I am enjoying it very much and yet it is built around quite a simple story line. The story is about a young man who is an assassin in the Glasgow organised crime scene and a murder he has been paid to commit. Quite a simple premise but in fact the tension is maintained very well and one wonders about the killer being caught, which piece of information will lead to his apprehension or will he get away with the crime?
The style is simple and direct and it suits the tale. I look forward to the next book in the series if there is to be a series.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.