My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to be careful here for fear of you thinking I am a crazed fan who's madly in love with the fictional Ben B, or even the Author Robert Parker! Calm down people! I just love the sarcasm, the action and the uneven moral code of a character that's like no other superman I've ever heard of!
This next tale sees Ben, stirred into action by his unceasing devotion to his nation, even after said 'nation' saw fit to imprison him in the last book.
It is Jeremiah of the National Crime Agency, who lights the fire of his patriotism once more and sends him hurtling into his next mission with little time to catch his breath from the last one!
From custom built, untraceable secret phones 'Cryptocall' to 'Hallo Kittie' snorkel head gear, he rushes to his next quest with hastily improvised equipment and little knowledge of what awaits him when he gets there.
Robert Parker's style of writing will immediately place images in your mind and the artistic embellishment of every phrase gives detail and meaning to each scene. Phrases like 'the ocean is an eager eater of secrets,' immediately transforms a postcard image into a dangerous expedition involving a cunning, powerful and unpredictable foe!
The fact that 30 feet underwater a pocket of air from an ancient time becomes the difference between him being spotted by the antagonists, or drowning before that, makes you realise again, the unique and the unexpected turns you will experience as you shadow Ben Bracken.
Ben Bracken is unlike any James Bond, Superman, Thor or Batman you have ever encountered. In my head he's a six footer, permanent stubble, Clint Eastwood eyes, and a pert butt! He is a 'grown up' super-hero, and as you and I know, that's the only way to fly!!
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