Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Mind of God Paperback – September 13, 2015 by Bevan Frank (Elm Park Publishing)

A black box is stolen from the University of Cape Town, also Professor Greene who was working on the project goes missing at the same time. Coincidence? Enter The Mind of God to find out more.

I’ll start right off with my issues with the book — it was just a bit slow for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is A LOT of thriller-action in this, and it is incredibly well written. My problem is that the scenes seemed to take to long to get to. And once we were there, they were muddled with mundane details about the characters or the plot. Sometimes when the action hits, you just have to let it hit.

But, on to the good. I can definitely see the potential in Frank’s writing. A lot of this book had me thinking about Ludlum’s books that my dad was always reading. Ludlum knew how to get you wrapped around his finger — Bevan Frank has the capabilities to do the same.

The Mind of God is a bit of a weird title for me. I get the meaning behind it but I don’t know if it portrays the terrorism/international thriller vibe that he wanted. The cover DOES give some of that away. Also on the cover — wow is it gorgeous. That blue just pops!

The main characters were all believable, which in a thriller is surprising. Sometimes, you have one “I can’t believe that happened” (think Jason Bourne, even though he was super well trained, he still does stuff that is shocking). But the plotline and the thought that went into that is the real star here. The story, without giving much away was awesome. The background on the main plotline was incredibly well thought out and I’m intrigued to see what else Frank has in store for his next novels.

The setting was unique too. I haven’t read too many books that take place in South Africa, and it was a really nice change of pace from the typical DC Thriller.

Bevan Frank definitely could be the next “big name” in International Thrillers.

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