Saturday, October 8, 2022

The Maze

The Maze by Nelson DeMille
1/11/22; 464 pages
John Corey #8

The Maze by Nelson DeMille is a so-so thriller.

There is a lot of retelling of events in Corey's past as found in previous novels. This is helpful to new readers, but the recounting of his past activities went on too long and needed to be edited down to a more manageable summary in the narrative with repetition eliminated. This is also a slow moving novel and takes way-too-long to actually pick up the pace. While some of Corey's constant quips and jokes are funny, all of the constant sexual jokes, thoughts, crude comments, etc. became tiring after, perhaps ten pages. All of the subsequent sexual jokes and comments were just annoy and grating. If non-sexual sarcastic comments, jokes, and observations were the majority with the sexual comments very sparingly thrown in, it would have made the novel much more satisfying - along with less retelling of Corey's past escapades. I managed to make myself finish this novel and the plot doesn't get good until the very end.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Scribner via NetGalley.

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