Monday, April 09, 2012
22. The Ultimate Rush by Joe Quinn
The story, such as it is, starts when Chet gets a special job making these super-tight deliveries to odd places, some clearly connected with a criminal operation. He digs deeper and then accidently opens a package and all hell breaks loose. He goes on the run and with the help of his friends has to figure out what the operation is and bust it in order to save themselves. There is a ton of action and the author doesn't worry about adhering too close to reality, which while sometimes giving a reader pause, ends up being the fun choice. A lot of cool stuff goes down, but again it's all so burdened with explaining why and how its cool (as well as all the cool things around what's going on), that it rarely gives much of a thrill, until the very end.
As I read this, I realized that my impatience may be due to my complete lack of interest in this period. The 90s were pretty fucking lame. Grunge, X-games, shitty internet, movies hadn't gotten cool again yet. Bleh. I also recognize that a lot of the 70s crime books I read have a lot of lifestyle markers, but they tend to know their place in the book and be kept limited so that the action and ass-kicking can take center stage. Not the case here, sadly.