Price: £ 7.99
Publisher: No Exit Press
This book was presented to me by Boy Geek not long after we got together. He was given it as a freebie along with either the Evening Standard or Metro. So, that's how it came in my possession and has been with me for knocking on for 4 years. It's the Chapter 5 Summer book I've been meaning to read and the second one off the challenge sheet.
I think there have been books about these characters before, especially Max, Jim and Jane. So, I don't think I grasped the whole book as well as I could have, however, that didn't spoil my reading of it.
Baz is a con man, an investment con man. Jim is a big time stock whizz and Jane is an agent in the US. They all get mixed up together in a story that is rather alright indeed.
I haven't read a financial thriller before, and now I'm mighty glad that I have. It was alright. I was pretty gripped by it and I read it over the weekend in one fell swoop. The financial stuff isn't too complex so don't panic and the writing style is really easy to read.
The characters are pretty decent. I couldn't really get a picture of Jane or Jim in my head which was annoying as they weren't described in detail and I was confused by their ages. Man Bites Dog is an amazing character. He had depth, and heart and soul and gave the book a little something, especially when they reach the Congo and the business really begins. Baz was your cockney con man, he is Del Boy on steroids, and with more than half a brain and a lot of brutality. And Stafford...awwwwwwww!!!
So, if you want a holiday read that is action packed and easy to read this is it. It's defo one that the boys will enjoy as well as the girls so that's cracking. I'm interested to read more of the books that surround Jim and Jane so I think I will hunt them out at some point.