Saturday, May 7, 2011

Nick of Time

I was excited to read Nick of Time: A Bug Man Novel, by Tim Downs, and I liked the overall idea of the book, but I have some complaints about the main character, Nick Polchak. Throughout the book, Nick is attempting to solve a mysterious murder before his wedding, which is only a few days away. What follows is a mystery that Nick becomes so wrapped up in, he nearly forgets about him wedding. There were some twists and turns that led to the final conclusion, and I can honestly say I did not forsee what would be the conclusion to the book.

Although I liked the idea behind the book, I did not like the character of Nick AT ALL! He seemed to be very condescending and rude to others. It’s one thing to become completely absorbed with solving a mystery, but it’s an entirely different matter to be rude to those in positions of authority. In addition to Nick’s attitude, his fiancĂ©e seemed to have the same problems with authority. Neither of these characters had social skills, and I didn’t find myself rooting for them as I read the book. I recognize that this difficulty with authority might be what others find interesting in the book, but it didn’t make me more interested in the book.

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