Downfall – Jeff Abott

This is a follow on to The Last Minute (reviewed here) and again features the adventures of Sam Capra and the Round Table organization that he owes fealty to.

Essentially, this book (and series) may best appeal to those who believe in conspiracy theories. Not only do we have the good conspirators (Round Table) and their foes (the Nine Suns) but this book introduces another, smaller, set of conspirators scheming away for their own good and the downfall of all who stand in their way.

The spark is a woman who comes in to one of Sam’s bars, asking for help. Sam spots her pursuers and intervenes, thus crossing the path of these new conspirators, and setting off a chain of violent events in a race to the prize. The prize? A video made by one of the new baddies that will bring them all down.

The plot goes round and round and made me dizzy. It’s well done, but beyond belief – unless you are a conspiracy nut. The pacing is excellent, but the characters are nothing to shout home about. And Sam Capra, the hero, is too much of a superhero to be credible.

I suspect the author has a greater talent than is on show here.

Fair. To put it another way: superior airport entertainment.