Before any author can find success, he must find his style.
For example, Ernest Hemingway was a word miser, working for hours on a sentence to make sure each word counted. William Faulkner was on the other end of the word spectrum, using as many as he could find in a four-page stream of consciousness free-for-all.
New York Times best-selling author Stephen White is in a league of his own. He writes short, choppy sentences that I suppose are meant to mirror the characters’ chain of thought, but once the newness of it wears off, I yearned for a complete sentence, full of thought, leading somewhere and feeling like more than just a smart aleck remark.
According to Dutton publishing’s press release, “The Yale campus becomes the site of an increasingly tense siege in this stunning novel ... After unidentified attackers quietly take over a building belonging to one of Yale’s secret societies, they transform it into a virtual fortress holding an unknown number of students hostage. ... Suspended Boulder, Colo., policeman Sam Purdy eventually teams with maverick FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA terror expert Deirdre Drake in an effort [that goes] outside official channels to figure out what's going on.”
Too bad the book doesn’t live up to its billing.
The Siege - By Stephen White - Dutton.
$25.95. 416 pp.
One Out of Five Stars
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