Review: The Names of the Dead

  • Title:
    • The Names of the Dead
  • Author:
    • Kevin Wignall
  • Release:
    • February 1, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook

Everything about this story is predictable or familiar. I never knew how any specific scene was going to go down to the letter, but I had a pretty damn good idea. And I was almost always right.

The main character is one of those unstoppable force protagonists who will stop at nothing to get to his end goal. But he’s also merciful and doesn’t resort to violence if he doesn’t need to, which humanizes him to some degree.

I listened to this book two times in one weekend, trying to find anything to say about it. Yeah, it’s predictable as all hell, especially the ending. But for whatever reason, I still enjoyed it. It has some charm that kept it in the back of my mind. I’ve put off this review for a week and I still don’t know what to say about it.

If you’re a fan of mystery-thriller books, this has nothing new for you to discover. But the characters and story progression are interesting and believable. It’s more of the same with a new coat of paint. If you’re new to the genre, this is a great book to get you into the genre.

Much like my most recent review, Blue Madagascar; I think the modern tech mentions such as Gmail being namedropped will date the book. Imagine a book from 1930 talking about the local radio station and how that reference would be lost on every reader in the modern-day and you see the issue. My second issue with this book is the usage of the word “silencer” in reference to firearm suppressors. Suppressors don’t silence guns and the only way that misinformation is going to die is if people stop using the term and spreading it.

I don’t have much to say about the narration of the audiobook. The narration was well done, the narrator has a way of making everything feel tense when it needs to. Most of the character voices sound incredibly similar, but the dialogue makes it so this isn’t a problem.

This is definitely a book worth reading. Pick up a copy.

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