Day 78: No Time Left by David Baldacci
Summary From Goodreads:
Frank Becker is a highly sought after, expert assassin. When Becker takes a mysterious job, he has no idea that it will force him to delve deeply into his own past. Undeterred by obstacles he is determined to complete his assignment. But he may realize too late that his success will permanently alter his future.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
My first experience with Baldacci’s work, No Time Left is a very short story that I am sure is aimed to shock and amaze the reader quickly and without remorse. Unfortunately, for me this was not the case. I knew what was going to happen to Becker before the midway point of the short piece and while I am usually pretty quick at figuring these sort of things out in books, I think this was more about the obvious setup leading to the ending being responsible.
While I certainly wasn’t looking for a ton of depth in a piece of this length Becker felt exceptionally like a cardboard cutout. Average guy that can blend into a crowd, really good at his job yet ignores obvious pitfalls because of money, even has the stereotypical crappy childhood with abusive parents to lead him to this line of work. The amount of cliches packed in No Time Left is the most impressive part of the story and that is clearly not a positive thing.
After reading this I certainly can’t recommend trying it out and even though it was just a short story that will probably be my only foray into Baldacci’s work. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. Also, I do apologize for the overabundance of novella reviews lately, work has been a tad crazy, but it should be closer to normal after today so thank you in advance for bearing with me, I appreciate it. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 79!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #78/365