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It’s always refreshing to have a pump of adrenaline while watching action packed movies. To deliver same efficacy in words is not everyone’s cup of tea. Tony Park is one writer who is blessed with the capability. The empty coast is an action packed thriller edge-of-the-seat thriller.
The plot takes off when Sonja Kurtz, a former soldier, sets out on a vindictive mission to avenge the murder of her boy friend. The inception of the book is marked with action providing the readers with a supposition of what lays ahead. A parallel plot runs through the initial one when Sonja’s daughter Emma, an archaeological student on a dig at the end of Namibia’s Etosha National Park discovers a body dating back to country’s liberation war of the 1980s. Recognizing the body as that of Hudson Brand, Emma with his team sets out in search of the aircraft wherein Hudson Brand was aboard. The twist in the tale is encountered when Hudson Brand is very much alive and decides to help the deceased’s father Mathew Allchurch find his son. Further as the plot develops, several skeletons of the past are revealed. Thenceforth unveils an unputdownable series of events.
The story is fast paced with several action packed scenes. The action sequences are depicted in such a way that the readers get the feel of watching a movie. Detailed effort invested in portraying every action and minor idiosyncrasies of the characters is visible. The character of Sonja is unconventional yet convincing. Every character holds own identity. The back up of history reinforced the mettle of the otherwise fictitious story.
The book is an out and out boys’ book with a female protagonist. Nevertheless some of the preset formulas for the thrillers like squeezing in an erotic angle could have been avoided. The relation between Sebastian and Emma stood out like a sore thumb. The unreasonably long climax too served as a drawback. But these are all minor flaws that I would like to overlook since this is one of the few thrillers that excited me recently
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