Tsunami Connection is my first foray into the political thriller genre in quite a while. After finishing it, I think I’ll be picking up a few more along those lines.
This book has many strong points working in its favor: it’s imaginative and action-packed, and the plot has a number of twists and turns I never saw coming (This part is very important to me – if I see it coming I simply put down the book and leave it there).
The description of the many locations is also a major thumbs up. I unfortunately have never had the privilege of traveling to these places, but I suspect the author has. Moreover, he has skillfully captured the local scenery and customs of each of these and put them on paper. This is one repertoire I believe many authors lack.
For these reason I actually give it 4.5 stars!
Why don’t I give it five stars?
I have only one reason: the dialogue between characters lags a little behind the book’s other strengths, and this is too important an issue to set aside. Dialogue matters! It gives insight into each character and is worth ten times its weight in narrative description in fleshing them out.
The important elements are there. There’s a story to be told, and an engaging one at that, and this is what matters the most. If the quality of dialogue can be polished up to the book’s remaining standards, it’ll deserve five stars.