crown fire by David Annandale (Turnstone Press), 349 pages, $14.95 paper. Rating: NN
Better suited for a stormy day is Winnipegger and first-time novelist David Annandale's disaster thriller Crown Fire.Action hero Jen Blaylock is an ex-Canadian Forces soldier bent on revenge after her father -- an investigative journalist -- and family are murdered by arms dealers.
With the help of a naive systems designer, Blaylock kicks off a pursuit that starts in Manhattan and takes the pair (think Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise) to Paris, Belgium and Russia, culminating in a firestorm in the northern Ontario bush.
But what started out as promising for its anti-globalization stance and insights into women soldiers degenerates all too soon into a bloodbath that had me fast-tracking to the end.Write Books at email@example.com