Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review: The Unseen by T. L. Hines

When a man who spies on other people in public places runs into a group that spies on people in their homes, he feels their methods are immoral, but his encounter with the group sets off a violent chain of events involving a government agent who appears to be a Chinese spy, a tangled government conspiracy, a man who is followed by a swarm of wasps, and all sorts of other bizarre people and events that collide and lead to an incredible confrontation.

The Unseen by T. L. Hines is expertly written, though the prose and plotting grow slightly less tight as the story progresses, and at times story elements get so wild they threaten to send the novel over the top. However, it manages to hold it all together until the end, delivering plenty of twists and turns along the way, keeping the reader off balance and staying consistently entertaining. I will note that, for a “Christian” thriller, there is no overt Christian content. It’s basically just a clean thriller, which is fine if that is what you are looking for.

(c) 2011 Jonathan Garner

10 comments:

  1. I recently read this book, and I enjoyed it pretty well. Like you said, the prose and plotting grow loose towards the end, but the twists and turns the novel took were pretty good. I would have liked more Christianity in it, but what's to be expected anymore? Out of three of his books this is the second best, "Waking Lazarus" was very good as well, "The Dead Whisper On" not so much, unique? Yes. Really good? No.

    Great review!

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  2. Thanks! I was interested in what his other books were like, so I'm glad you mentioned them.

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  3. Sounds interesting. I may have to see if the library has it. :)

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  4. Thanks for posting. It definitely is an interesting book.

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  5. @Jonathan: If you want to start out with one, "Waking Lazarus" is quite a page-turner. I got "The Dead Whisper On" from CBD for 2.99, so if you want a cheap copy you could look there. I'm not sure what price they carry "Waking Lazarus" for. There's where to get some good prices at least.

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  6. I hope you'll write more reviews in the future! I like hearing your opinion on books and movies. :)

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  7. Hey, I've only read one book by T.L. Hines and I wondered if you'd like to take a look at the review of it. It is The Falling Away, a more recent one. http://noahsreads.blogspot.com/2010/09/falling-away.html

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