Intentional Acts book review

by admin on January 21, 2009

I just finished up Intentional Acts over the weekend. It was a quick read in spite of the dearth of insurance company technical jargon and business practices. Seriously, I nearly stopped reading after the first 30-40 pages. In the end, I persevered and finished the book because I wanted to see of the ending I predicted would actually happen.

I was kind of correct and kind of wrong on that count.

The plot was bogged down numerous times by author Chris Zimmerman’s tendency to give everyone a lesson in how the insurance business works. Can you imagine if John Grisham were to spend page after page with the minutiae of how law works? They always recommend that you write about what you know and since Mr. Zimmerman is an insurance agent I can see how he was more than happy to give the reader a lesson in the business.

Character development was sparse at best. I couldn’t even figure out if the main character was married or single until the middle of the book. In fact, I didn’t even find the main character, Larry Johanson, likable. I was never rooting for him to succeed in anything.

The other thing that bothered me is the numerous editing errors throughout the book. I don’t claim to be an expert and I make my share of mistakes, but how can an editor read the book and miss the simplest of mistakes such as repeating the same word in a sentence back to back? I figure that if a voracious reader such as I can find at least one mistake per chapter then surely an editor could have fine tuned this book a bit.

All in all it was an okay read. One of those books that only takes you a couple of days to finish and then you move on to something enjoyable. The all too brief bit of a plot twist at the end could have been so much more, but it ended up feeling like a last minute addition to the story.

I give Intentional Acts a 2.5 out of 5. It’s not a bad first book, but I guess I have higher expectations when reading something that manages to get published.

On a side note, I have not given up on Mr. Zimmerman’s abilities and intend to read The Secret Keeper which has been well received.

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