All Fall Down (Hostage Negotiation Team #1) by Julie Coulter Bellon
Hostage negotiator Claire Michaels’ never thought she’d be involved in an international crisis. Can she overcome her scars of the past to stop a new al-Qaeda threat?
Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. When he’s taken hostage, he knows he has to fight or die.
This book starts off with a bang. Unfortunately, there is no development of the characters or the story at all before the bang, so the bang doesn’t have much effect. The beginning is intense and everything and gets the story going, but I wasn’t on the edge of my seat hoping these characters make it out alive or anything. I mean, I don’t even know these characters yet, so why would I root for them or worry about them? I’m clearly not a fan of the way this book started off.
Unfortunately, even as the story continued, I still didn’t really care about these characters. They go through quite a bit throughout the book, but I never cared too much about it. I felt the characters were underdeveloped and the storytelling was weak, so I was never fully pulled into it.
There are also quite a few editorial mistakes throughout the book, which of course always bothers me greatly.
The concept of the story was good, however, and it’s clear the author is knowledgeable; she just failed to execute it well.
Overall, I found this novel disappointing and weak. It failed to capture my interest and I never connected with the characters. It’s not a horrible novel, but not very good either. I won’t be continuing the series.
Best Aspect: Concept
Worst Aspect: Character Development