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Published:June 18th, 2012 12:07 EST

BOOK REVIEW: THRILLER; anthology edited by James Patterson

By Sean Stubblefield

MY RATING:  Â½  (out of  * * * *)


BRIEF SYNOPSIS (spoiler free): anthology of short stories by various authors from the thriller genre.

PROS: The collection opens with a fantastic tale from Lee Child-- "James Penney`s New Identity".

CONS: I like a good thriller. Unfortunately, "
A"good thriller is all this book has to offer. THRILLER immediately goes down hill after the first story. Leaps off a cliff with great abandon, might be a better description. A few contributions are `meh`, but the others are incredibly unremarkable. Disappointingly, everything ordinary and nothing exceptional or unique is done with or for the genre here; except maybe the opening. This is always a risk with anthologies-- you never know which, if any, of the stories will be worth reading. The trouble with this kind of themed anthology is that the editor`s criteria may be based more on name recognition of the contributors than the merit of stories involved. Even a good writer can write a bad story name means nothing.

RECOMMENDATION: Overall, this anthology is a waste and should be skipped. Try to find Lee Child`s offering elsewhere, if you`re curious about that one.