Book Review – No Such Creature

No Such CreatureNo Such Creature
Written By: Giles Blunt
Published By: Random House Canada
Date: October 14th, 2008
Pages: 270
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0679314318

No Such Creature takes you on a wild ride rampant with perilous exploits, camaraderie and greed.”

Product Description – From Amazon.com
“Tooling across the American southwest in their giant Winnebago, Max and his nephew, Owen, seem harmless enough, the actorly old fellow spouting Shakespeare like a faucet while his young charge trots him through select tourist destinations along the road. But appearances, as you might imagine, can be deceiving.
Old Max is actually a master thief, and young Owen’s summer vacation is his careful apprenticeship in a life of crime. Pulling heists is scary enough, but ominous signs point to the alarming fact that The Subtractors are on their tail, criminal bogeymen who stop at nothing to steal from other thieves. The road trip soon turns into a chase, by turns comic and horrifying. The most disturbing twist: Owen’s slow realization that the person he loves most in the world is the one who can do him the most harm.”

No Such Creature is a fast-paced mystery/crime drama that engages the read and is very hard to put down. With some clever plot twists, a great storyline and well developed characters; this book grabs your attention and hangs on tight. Owen and Max have a wonderful relationship even if it’s a little out of the ordinary; their familial love for one another keeps them strong through tough times and makes the good times that much more enjoyable. The banter between these two men is witty and very entertaining! When risky heists, speedy getaways and opposing factions threaten their livelihood, Max and Owen do their best to keep things running smoothly. Then Owen meets a beautiful young woman and his life changes forever. The 3-some travels together as meals are shared and Max’s “Achilles heel” becomes more evident and threatens to endanger them all. There was a small amount of swearing, but it wasn’t out of context. The one problem I had with this book was the ending; it felt forced and prematurely shortened.

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
 

Read more about No Such Creature.
Find out where to buy this book.

Link to the Author’s Website:
http://www.gilesblunt.com/

Link to the Publisher’s Website:
http://www.randomhouse.ca/

A special thanks to Random House Canada for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy

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6 thoughts on “Book Review – No Such Creature

  1. Hi Kathy,

    I wondered the same thing…it felt like the author was told to shorten the last chapter or someone else took the liberty of chopping off a few paragraphs; I guess we’ll never know.
    I hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. Interesting timing, we’ve posted reviews of this book within a day of each other. It’s always nice to see someone else’s take on a novel. With your permission I’ll add the link to your review to my post.

  3. Ladies,

    Anna – Yes, I agree. You’re most welcome, I’m glad you enjoyed the review! :)

    Stacy – Yes, the story was really good; the banter between Max and Owen made me smile and even made me laugh a few times…but that ending…I hate it when the ending of a good book doesn’t come up to snuff too!

    Sandra – I noticed that too, funny eh? :) Yes, you can link my review to yours, no need to ask in the future either. It sounds like you were really disappointed with this book. I’ve never read anything else by Giles Blunt so I couldn’t make any comparisons.

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