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    Literary Titan

    John Cranston had no aspirations to be a spy. He was a gardener for goodness sake, and enjoyed the mediocrity that came with the job. But as is often the case, the unexpected came knocking and suddenly John found himself in the middle of a plot involving an old friend, the Russians, secret societies, and crooked cops- just to name a few. To make matters worse, they all seemed to think he was on par with them in regards to secrets and skills. As each day pulls him further from his business as usual, John has to uncover and help stop a sinister conspiracy that is revealed to be a matter of world security.  Pandora’s Gardener by David Mason is a fun and fast paced thriller that tows the line between the serious espionage of James Bond and the absurd escapades of Austin Powers. With each new obstacle that John comes across, Mason does an expert job of weaving the stories together until the reader is effectively hooked. To keep the mood from getting too heavy, even the situations that provide a real degree of danger are met with a ridiculous sense of humor that helps keep the events moving right along. It’s a classic tale of “good guys” versus “bad guys” but crafted in a way that makes it difficult to determine which is which, since so many of the characters are delightfully charming. The notable exception of course is our unlikely hero who insists, time and time again, that despite his apparent skills, he really is just a gardener. No one believes that, and hijinks ensue. The sheer amount of plot lines, characters, and double crosses could potentially make for a dense and unreadable story, but instead everything works in perfect synch. As mentioned before, Mason is superb at crafting the story, ensuring that there is always something new around the corner, even as other loose ends are resolved. Every character adds a distinct flavor to the story, no matter how briefly they may appear, and while some of them aren’t given the resolution they may deserve, it doesn’t affect the tone of the book. Pandora’s Gardner was enjoyable and fun to read from start to finish and if there is any complaint I have, it’s that it was long enough to consistently surprise me with its new developments, and that it never fully fleshed out John’s past, which was referred to occasionally. Even at that, I was never disappointed. It maintained an excellent balance between goofy and serious while John consistently plays the part of reluctant spy perfectly.
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    An Exciting Read

    Pandora’s Gardener is a well penned Adventure Fiction novel with a really clever and fast paced story line. It outlines the story of a gardener John who reluctantly gets wrapped up in a series of sinister plots by mega villains who seek to threaten world security. A young gardener stuck in a war between two factions? What would become of him? Read Pandora’s Gardener to find out. The basic plot of the book was cleverly woven. The story was really fast paced and it felt as if the main characters were always on the go. The story line reminded me a bit of James Bond’s classic escapades. There were some instances in the story that were a little heavy but as the story progresses, I found it really captivating and then, there came a point when I didn't really wish to put the book down even for a minute. The only complaint I have is that the book was way too long. The major theme of the book was the generic good guys who wish to annihilate the threats versus the bad guys who plot schemes which threaten world security for political power. The way the story has been threaded offers a really fresh and interesting perspective on an otherwise cliched plot. The action sequences were par level and the words of the author made me feel as if I was there present in the novel itself. The punches of humor kept the book interesting. The author also introduced a lot of different characters in the book which could be confusing for some readers. However, he did so with such prowess that it wasn't even the slightest bit off putting. The world building was commendable. The author painted the scenes with his words. The language of the author was comprehensive and smooth. The book, in its entire course, kept me bouncing on the edge of my seat anticipating what might happen next. Further, the story had a very strong narration and the characters kept building and developing throughout the course of the book. They weren't stagnant and that is the best part about the book. Further, the characters were vivid and practically came to life in front of my eyes. I would recommend this book to all the people who wish to read a thriller that is engaging.
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