Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
30 Pieces of Silver: Michael Quirke, November 14—27, 2010
My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊
This horrendous book and its meandering plot drags the reader into the heart of the jungle where they hope they will be poisoned and die lest they be required to read any more.
A fairly dull and unimaginative idea involving a crashed helicopter and its precious cargo lacks any originality. The characters are badly formed and underdeveloped, with the inevitable romantic tension clunky and clumsy. The interactions between the two leads are poor.
The writer’s greatest flair is in describing the gruesome and grisly fates of many a stock character. Quirke appears to take sadistic pleasure in describing these scenarios, which leaves a bad taste in the reader’s mouth.
Quirke would later blame his publisher for poor sales of this title, but it is undeniably the awful plot, cast and writing style that leave this just another victim of the jungle.