Peregrine Harker and the Black Death
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Peregrine Harker and the Black Death by Luke Hollands
When a young journalist sets out to investigate the rising prices of tea, he stumbles upon a smuggling ring, a gruesome murder, and all sorts of danger and adventure.
Just one look surely wouldn’t hurt, and anyway who gives a fig about tea, coffins are much more interesting.
This book is incredibly action-packed: full of murder, mystery, lies, intrigue, heroic rescues, dangerous strangers, dark nights, car chases, smoking guns, coffins, smugglers, portly men with cigars… and that’s just in the first fifty pages.
My biggest problem with this book is that I just couldn’t seem to keep up. I’d read a few pages, put it down, and when I came back, I’d have completely forgotten what had taken place to get the young hero into whatever predicament he found himself. He continuously went from the frying pan into the fire over and over again so many times that I began to not really care that he was in constant danger; I was desensitized to his plight. Not only that, but the clues all fell quite conveniently into his lap time and time again, to the point where it seemed the bad guys were just throwing themselves at him, and he ceased to take an active ‘investigative’ role.
Granted, I don’t know if anything changes in the last 2/3, and if you’re the type that enjoys Michael-Bay-esque 90-minute epic battles, then this book might be for you, but for me, it just didn’t work.
Abandoned after first 1/3 due to loss of interest, frustration with plot.