Act of Terror: Jericho Quinn Novel #2
by: Marc Cameron
Marc Cameron’s thriller, Act of Terror, is a triller on par with James Patterson. The writing is clean, simple, but a bit over descriptive at times. The plot is singular, with few sub-plots, yet it’s at times difficult to follow due to the sheer number of characters involved which require their own POV in order to build tension.
I was, though, pleasantly surprised by this thriller. It not being my chosen genre, it took me several tries and untIl I was almost halfway through the novel to actually get interested and care about finishing the book. That said, there were a few problems I had with this novel. The beginning of the novel was slow, with too much backstory that I didn’t care about, and which was only there to create a connection between reader and MC, Jericho Quinn. The problem? I still didn’t care. Unfortunately, it was too thinly veiled to appear as anything but backstory there for its attempted purpose. The solution? I’m not sure there really is one.
The problem with thrillers (in my opinion) is that the reader is there not for the characters, but the thrills the character finds himself in. In other words, it’s a plot driven novel, not a character driven novel. While this novel made a generous attempt to build backstory and sympathy for Quinn being in a rock and a hard place, all it did was slow down the plot itself, and make it more difficult for me to get involved in the thrills being offered.
However, because the antagonists were so many and accompanied by so many POVs, the tension felt thin, for there was always another terrorist (i.e. antagonist) to overcome. Even at the end, the release from the climax was tempered by a too-quick resolution and the lingering recognition that there were more antagonists out there. Will they be addressed in the next Jericho Quinn novel? Who knows. *shrugs* Who cares?
My only other complaint with this novel is the plot itself. Like a lot of thrillers, it’s a bit far-fetched and takes certain liberties within its world (and ours). Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Essentially, readers want to be taken outside their world, and if they want truth, should read non-fiction. Thriller readers want a thrill. The verdict? Marc Cameron gives it.
But my best suggestion for getting into this book? Skip the first quarter of it.
2.5/5 ❅ ❅ ❅