What I Read: Top Ten
As promised I’ve got a new grading system for my book reviews, but before we get to that, let’s review the book!
“Top Ten” has an intriguing plot, where Ryne Douglas Pearson writes about Michaelangelo, the number ten on the FBI’s most wanted list. Michaelangelo (the spelling is not a mistake, but a plot point) is unhappy with his placing on the list, and decides to kill his way to the top.
The book began by world building, as one would expect, but it felt like there were too many strands, that felt too disjointed. There’s Michaelangelo’s mission to up his profile, FBI Special Agent Ariel Grace’s attempt to capture the number five most wanted criminal, and Milton, a drug smuggling pilot. Granted, I will admit that by the end of the book, Pearson was able to pull them all together into a cohesive story.
Michaelangelo is a serial killer who makes “art” of the women he kills and performs genitalia mutilation on men. We learn his backstory to explain the reasoning behind his murderous obsessions, but the motifs feel too forced and ‘extreme’ as do the methods of his murders.
On to the rating…
First I need to go over the new rating system. Previously, I rated books on their re-readability, but I want to move away from that, and to a pass/fail system with a level of recommendation for the book if it’s a pass.
Several times throughout the book, I thought I would stop, not happy with it, but it left me with just enough interest to keep reading to the next chapter. I’m by no means disappointed for taking the time to read the book, but it was not as good as I would have hoped.
In my previous post about my expectations for the book, I mentioned that my interest for reading this was because I had an idea with a similar premise, but with super villains, and I don’t mean to sound pompous, but I think I would have done a better job. There was too much going on in the book, and writing felt like the author was trying too hard to make the character edgy in his reasonings and executions of his murdering.
There’s a low level of recommendation for this book, and only if you like crime thrillers and body mutilation.