Tom Batt

Teoksen Street Siren tekijä

4 teosta 13 jäsentä 7 arvostelua

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Street Siren (2022) 6 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Enemies Closer (2023) 5 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
MindSpaces (2022) 1 kappale

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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
Enemies Closer, a novella by British author Tom Batt, is a fast-paced detective story that captures the reader’s attention and refuses to let go. Detective Inspector Mike Palmer has been tracking a serial bank robber for nearly two years. Along with his partner, Detective Sargeant Jade Edmonds, they stake out the scene of the next robbery, thanks to a heads-up from Palmer’s trustworthy informant. The thieves arrive at the bank on schedule, and everything is going according to plan until one of the robbers looks out the window and recognizes Palmer. A quick change in plans allows the robbers to escape and Palmer frustratingly fails, again, to capture his elusive quarry. What happens next is a brilliant take on the traditional cat-and-mouse game filled with a dizzying number of plot twists and unexpected turns.

Batt’s characters are well-developed, and the details of their professional and personal lives play an integral part in explaining the motivations for the choices they make. They each face moral dilemmas that cause them to question whether they are the type of person they believe themselves to be. Their actions in the constantly evolving narrative propel the story forward to a stunning conclusion that will redefine who they are - if they survive to face the consequences.

A quick and entertaining read which left me wondering what sacrifices I would be willing to make to protect the ones I loved.
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pricecollins | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 2, 2023 |
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Detective Inspector Mike Palmer has been trying to capture master bank robber Donovan Carter for 18 months. When a snitch reveals the date and location of the next robbery, Palmer positions officers outside the bank to apprehend the robbers when they emerge. But Donovan notices suspicious cars lurking outside the bank and abandons his usual exit routine. The robbers escape, and Palmer’s boss removes him as lead detective on the case and promotes Detective Sergeant Jade Edmonds, his highly regarded assistant, to lead.

The next day brings further bad news. Palmer’s ex-wife informs him she is moving to the United States with his daughter. Hiring an elite barrister to thwart his wife’s plan will cost fifty thousand pounds Palmer doesn’t have. In desperation, Palmer decides to team up with Donovan and his crew.

This brief little novella tells an entertaining, if sad, story. The writing is unpolished, and some plot dynamics are implausible, but the story moves along briskly, maintaining my interest throughout.
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Tatoosh | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 19, 2023 |
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This is a fast paced detective story. The story was packed full of twists and turns, but felt predictable. The book was very short, and is a novella. I would have liked to have seen more character development and description of the locations. Although, not particularly original and filled with tropes, it was still a fun book to read. Thank you for the opportunity to read it.
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Angela-Post | 2 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 30, 2023 |
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When I first read the premise of Street Siren, I was immediately intrigued by it. I haven't read a lot of books that take place in the 80's, so I was really looking forward to reading a book that I thought would take place in the seedy underbelly of London in the 80's. While it's apparent why this book needed to take place then, it's only because there are references to video tapes.

This book is extremely fast-paced. This is a short novella sized book, and once the story starts, it maintains an almost breakneck pace. Tom Batt is a screenwriter and the entire book has a very cinematic feel to it. I enjoyed the plot and I found it exciting, but there were a lot of moments I had to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy it. This book is definitely a page-turner.

However, I had quite a few problems with the characterizations in this book. My main problem with this novel is that it's really apparent these female characters are written by a man. There are far too many descriptions of Devlin's attractiveness and even when she's thinking of herself, it's through the male gaze. While I could excuse some of it because of her profession, I don't think any woman solely values herself through her looks. There are also some cringeworthy passages of a man wanting to be a knight in shining armour. It's not even done in a subtle manner, it's explicitly written as in this passage that takes place on page 11:

"Lewis scribbled down this information, but at the same time, he was mesmerised by this girl. Her big beautiful blue eyes, rosy red cheeks and full lips hypnotised him as she spoke. He always considered himself a knight in shining armour and couldn't resist a damsel in distress."

There are many other passages and scenes that evoke this kind of creepiness and I'm very sensitive to how women are written in media. This book is not a good example of a man writing female characters.

Overall, I found this book to be fine, but absolutely despised how all the characters were written. They were either vapid, caricatures, or just plain creepy. I'm not sure if I'll give Tom Batt another try.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.
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jadestar31 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 25, 2023 |

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