“Dark Run” by Mike Brooks

Dark Run

(Author: Mike Brooks) + (Year: 2015) + (Goodreads)


My issue with this book: there was nothing there. Not a thing. I have read quite a few books in my life and this one qualifies in top 10 books that couldn’t grab my attention in ANY way. Usually if I don’t like a book, at least I can pinpoint what I didn’t like about it. The same can’t be said about Dark Run. In a couple of months I’m probably going to forget this book exists. I know it’s a harsh thing to say, but I really don’t see why this book was written.

I couldn’t care less about the setting or the plot and especially about the characters. They were so lifeless and interchangeable that I couldn’t even keep them straight at certain times. I had a very hard time distinguishing Jenna and Jia. All of these people, mercenaries, whatever they are, they are all tough guys, who have lived hard lives, about which we learn almost nothing. They all have these “amazing” abilities at a certain field, they are all supposed to be “cool”. I don’t think so.

The entire book is very immature, like a childish attempt in grown-up literature. Even the sexual tension between the characters is laughable and seems like a prepubescent’s wet dreams based on crappy porn and naive imagination.

The story was equally as dull as the characters. Nothing actually important was going on. There was a “villain” who we mostly don’t see and a mission which was both unimportant and constantly being interrupted by the characters’ unimportant personal stories.

Honestly, I don’t claim that I’m going to become a great author so my opinion should be taken very seriously, but many people are about as great in writing as I am and yet, publishing books. I think literature is about having something to write, not making it up just for the sake of writing. If you don’t have anything to say, don’t say anything.


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