Dun takes us on "a wild ride through the timber wars," to quote one newspaper writer. A couple of young lawyers fight and try not to fall in love as they battle an array of enemies from corporate greedy types to an eco terrorist that calls … see full wiki
This One Had the Makings of a Great Thriller But Needed a Little More "Ooomph"
Jul 26, 2010
I was a little disappointed with this thriller after seeing all the great reviews. It seemed to move real slow and had its share of bumbling bad guys that can't seem to do anything to the two main characters even though they are fairly accessible. The sadistic bad guys seemed to not always be sadistic.
A Japanese businessman gets set up and commits a murder to prevent damaging photos from being put in the press. Then we have Dan, an executive from a logging company who is giving a large sum of money to a lawyer (Maria) who is an environmentalist against Dan's company. When the money is handed off it is stolen by Corey, who is an environmentalist with a lot of grudges against the world for the abuse she took from her uncle.
As unlikely a pair that there is, Dan and Maria are thrown together on the trail of the stolen money. The chase leads them to somehow get into the company grounds of the Japanese businessman (mentioned above) and to discover that the company is working on something illicit involving bats. They are caught trespassing on the grounds yet the bad guys leave them alone in a room for which they are able to pass around to other parts of the grounds and find evidence about the illicit doings the company is involved in.
The whole time Dan and Maria seem to be together whether they have a big fight or are friendly. Their relationship is as implausible as the whole goings on of the book.
I kept waiting for more action in this book but everything that happens seems to drag out. I understand that the author has a couple of better thrillers on the market so I will withhold judgment on his writing until I have read those other books.