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And no one can stop him But this time he's just picked the wrong family to terrorize Because Will and Karen J Greg Iles is definitely one of my favorite suspense authors I ve read many books by him He creates stories with a great pace and some wild yet creative twists I like that he keeps it interesting I will read anything he writesNow with that out of the way this one wasn t my favorite I did round up to 4 stars because I really wanted to see how it came together at the end I could not have predicted the ending in a million years He does suspense so well The characters however drove me a little crazy The victims all suffered from an acute case of stupidity Sometimes that is the only thing that kept the story movingthat is never my favorite Even when characters suffer from this I like to understand the why But here I completely missed that part The why didn t feel very compelling But still 4 star worthy for me

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Ennings aren't going to watch helplessly as he victimizes them And they aren't going to let him get away with This book started off fairly well but unfortunately started going downhill somewhere toward the middle and never recovered I don t agree with the opinion that it s poorly written Iles does seem to actually have some talent at least in the sense that he can string words together in a way that doesn t make me want to gouge out my eyes with a melon baller but that may simply be the effect of comparison with other writers in the genre I do however agree with my sister who recommended this book to me with the caveat that the plot was glaringly contrived and than a little convolutedMy list of issues with this book would span several pages but since I have neither the time nor the inclination to hash them all out I ll stick to a few major pointsFirst of all I don t buy the McDills change of heart Another kidnapping could have taken place at any time so it doesn t really jive for me that the medical convention was the impetus for this guy to finally go to the authorities And even if he did truly have a sudden attack of conscience a year after the fact I don t believe that he and his wife would go to the FBI field office or whatever at nearly midnight The morning yes maybe the afternoon or even the next morning but the middle of the night Who does that I feel this was a poorly contrived method of getting the FBI involved despite Jennings s reluctance to go to them for help and without messing up the author s carefully constructed timelineAnd speaking of the FBI I don t even know why Iles bothered to bring them into the story in the first place A inept useless bunch of people I have never seen I m not sure they even did anything of value in this story besides show up at the end to pick up the pieces But see here s the thing the FBI are professionals I have as much inherent distrust for the government and all its agencies as the next girl whose father was a Vietnam veteran who got exposed to Agent Orange and then sent home to be a guinea pig for the VA for the rest of his life but I can concede that the Feds are highly trained experts and know what they re doing in situations like this Or at least than the rest of us And I do not believe for a second that some fly boy anesthesiologist and a former nurse turned Junior League housewife could do a better job Nor do I believe that the FBI would have allowed them to try No way in hell would Jennings have really walked out of that bank with the money without a a wire b a tracking device c a Fed approved plan and d his full cooperation In fact he d have been lucky to walk out of the bank at all after pulling a gun on an agent That s just No I ve heard of a writer asking you to suspend your disbelief but not asking you to bury it under a rock at the back of a dark cave and pretend it never existedAnd on that note I come to my final point the ending What the hell was that There is no way that would have worked in real life without a lot of people getting very seriously injured or dead A plane lands on a busy highway blows up a car crashes and three people get shot but only one person dies Of a broken neck Via retard Gimme a freakin break And would a little resolution have been too much to ask They get their kid back does not clear up all the dangling plotlines Did Karen survive her gunshot wound What happened to Cheryl What about Huey Did Will go to federal prison for taking off from the runway without authorization which is probably considered an act of terrorism in the post 911 era Inuiring minds want to knowSo to conclude this book had a lot of potential at least toward the beginning and it probably could have been a really spectacular thriller if Iles had taken the time to think things through and work out the kinks but in the end it simply suffers from far too many plotholes and contrivances to make it viable I wouldn t recommend it unless you re really hard up for something to read

Greg Iles Ë 1 READ

24 HOURS that's how long it takes a madman to pull off the perfect crime He's done it before he'll do it again As with all books by this author the pacing characters and momentum are top notch That said Greg tends towards crimesuspense stories with multiple sub plots with scientific political or historical elements woven into the story fabric Instead this is far simpler but still well crafted especially where momentum is concerned The other differentiator is it doesn t take place in Natchez nor involve characters from his other stories But like all books by this authorthe plot goes haywire as it approaches the climax making the reader turn pages much faster I ve read just about every book he s written and while I enjoyed it I prefer the complexity of his others such as the Natchez Burning trilogy If you enjoy kidnapping stories this will appeal to you Were I able I d rate this book 35 stars rather than 3 since its well written fast paced and fun


10 thoughts on “24 Hours

  1. says:

    As with all books by this author the pacing characters and momentum are top notch That said Greg tends towards crimesuspense stories with multiple sub plots with scientific political or historical elements woven into the story fabric Instead this is far simpler but still well crafted especially where momentum is concerned The othe

  2. says:

    I may be unfair to this book because I read it shortly after re reading the excellent Black Cross and this may have lost some in the comparison I do remember it as a decent enough thriller but the competition for those are fierce and therefore the mid rating

  3. says:

    this book is aggrevatingly stupid and poorly written It reminds me of the da vinci code where a lot of the dialog is solely to guide the idiot reader through the ridiculous plot i can't believe this book is so popular i could barely get through

  4. says:

    This was the fastest paced Iles book I have read to date and I have read most of them This one was nonstop action suspense and harrowing situations that had me frantically whipping through the pages to see what hap

  5. says:

    My first Greg Iles book but it will definitely not be my last Non stop thriller from beginning to the end Intriguing notion of how to commit the perfect kidnapping and a race against time is set in motion Plenty of actionm especially in last 100 pages 45 ⭐️ I look to forward to reading from this author

  6. says:

    Greg Iles is definitely one of my favorite suspense authors I've read many books by him He creates stories with a great p

  7. says:

    I listened to this on audio and even though it was a trainwreck somehow I managed to listen to the whole thing What can I say good about this book It was tightly plotted and fast paced Now for the badDick Hill who is a well respecte

  8. says:

    This book started off fairly well but unfortunately started going downhill somewhere toward the middle and never recovered I don't agree with the opinion that it's poorly written; Iles does seem to actually have some talent at least in the sense that he can string words together in a way that doesn't make me want to gouge out my eyes with a

  9. says:

    If you like sex and violence along with your cliff dwelling thrillers then Greg Iles is your guy About as good as it gets in this s

  10. says:

    This book bursts out of the title page with a tightly set up kidnapping plot It's my uirk not to lay out the plot of a book in my re