I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I can honestly say I knew this book wouldn’t entertain me. Right off the bat the missile and flags tipped me off that it would have something to do with some terrorist plot. Although books about war and secret missiles don’t strike me as entertaining I wanted to like this book purely on merit.
Title: Darts of Deceit
Author: Wilf Nussey
Publisher: Rebel ePublishers
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9869871-4-4
Paperback: 490 pages
Publication date: December 2011
Ex-Soldier, Victor Kennedy, doesn’t know where his next payday is coming from. When an ex-colleague approaches him to become a soldier for hire he is hesitant, but knows he cannot pass up the opportunity. His client is Hugh X. Alcock, a billionaire business man in search of his missing son Peter. Kennedy hesitantly accepts his offer. Peter’s charter plane’s last known whereabouts was in Mozambique, which gives Kennedy an added edge, as he is familiar with the country. His knowledge, however, makes the Mozambican Authorities suspicious and he soon finds himself on the run.
I hate slating this book because I can appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into researching this book. The background is laced with colourful descriptions of Mozambican life and the Portuguese is woven well with the English language, that one almost believes it belongs there.
I couldn’t connect with any of the characters in this book. The characters just failed to resonate with me. They were cold and at times devoid of any emotion. There are many high pressure moments but didn’t feel the need for urgency. Victor Kennedy (the protagonist) has a colourful past, losing his brother to war, but I feel nothing for him. His life is practically in shambles, but I couldn’t conjure up any feelings of sympathy; he was just some guy in some book I read.
The need to connect to the main character is what ultimately keeps you interested in a book but Victor could die in an instant and no one would miss him. The book is littered with many other characters that pop up and disappear just as quickly as they appear. With so many characters involved, you get lost in the hordes of information surrounding each one of them.
This book was by no means a page turner and a book about secret agents and missing missiles you expect to be left on the edge of your seat but I was left disappointed. If you like books set in the bad 1980’s juxtaposed with Apartheid, with the KGB and the United States thrown in the mix, then read this book. It was just too complicated to understand. I want the books I read to be an escape, not a math problem that I need to solve.