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Missionaries Paperback – Large Print, 1 January 1900
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- Publisher : Random House Large Print Publishing; Large type / Large print edition (1 January 1900)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593295609
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593295601
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 2.46 x 23.37 cm
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Sadly, Missionaries is a huge disappointment.
The narrative switches back and forth between 3 characters in different countries and time periods. A young boy whose entire village and family is massacred in 90s Colombia. A female reporter based in Afghanistan, then back to USA pending next mission. A spec ops soldier from Iraq 2003 through to military advisor in 2010s Colombia.
At 38% read in the book, none of these characters have met, and no link or common thread (other than living/working in war zones). And none of the characters is developed. Even the boy who becomes a guerilla/paramilitary himself and occupies most of the story.
The only time that the author seems to have a genuine ability to write character or situation is describing the mission scenes in Iraq. Otherwise, the characters plod along, and descriptions of events, actions or emotions is about as interesting and involving as reading the ingredients list on the label of a tin of soup.
Maybe these characters do all meet up and interact. Maybe, but I really don’t care and regret having wasted money on this tripe.
However I did keep going, ploughing through most of the book, skipping some chapters that appeared more boring than most, hoping that something exciting would happen towards the end. I was wrong.
There was one chapter that contained a good description of a battle against the Taliban, but apart from that I couldn’t see the purpose of the book which seems to be full of various people’s ramblings and musings.
The early stories about the subjects were all jumbled up in time and when the protagonists all met somewhere towards the end it didn’t amount to anything.
Not the sort of book I enjoy.