Genre: thriller, action/adventure
Personal rating: 2.5/5
Yearly count: 15
Seawitch is the story and name of a new type of oil drilling platforms, large, sophisticated and mobile. It’s set in the latter half of the 1970s, after the 1973 oil crisis. The Seawitch is owned by billionaire Lord Worth, who plans to greatly undercut the established oil companies. This, not surprisingly, makes him a lot of powerful enemies who will do anything to stop him. Thrown in some Cold War and anti-US countries looking to make trouble as well, and you have a right mess. But when the two daughters of Lord Worth are kidnapped, the two private detectives who are in friends with them get involved.
Now, that sounds like a thrilling story, full of action. And in a way it is. There’s action and explosions and tension…well, maybe not that last one. The story is told in a third person omniscient voice and that narrative voice sounds, quite frankly, bored. The story style is more summarizing, hand waving, ‘oh, this happened’ than anything else. Not even the most tense moments managed to actually come across as exciting. It all fell very flat. This was not helped by the fact that the characters seemed very much like caricatures. There was no depth to any of them.
The story had a lot of promise, the premise was great, the events in the book would make a good story, but the way it was told makes it rather boring. All in all, this book disappointed me. It was a fairly fast read, but hardly the thrilling thriller I expected.