Saturday, April 11, 2015

Book Review: Lead Tin Yellow by Doug Gunnery



Book: Lead Tin Yellow

Author: Doug Gunnery

No. of Pages: 348

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Partridge India


Difficult to rate this book ...

I liked reading it but wasn't really excited about it.

It could have been a fast paced action suspense thriller but the author chose to give it a steady pace without end-of-the-chapter cliff-hangers which are typical in murder mystery and chase oriented novels.

Surprisingly, I did not feel bored though. It was different and I somehow liked it, even though it was not my usual taste.

There was a certain definite quality of the writing (I can't really place my finger on) which kept me going till the end.

It was an interesting read and the 'relatively slower' pace also made it more believable. The unsuspecting protagonist thrown into a dire situation suddenly becomes a hero doing things he couldn't have imagined. That's not what happens here.

The response of the protagonist to situations is more realistic and believable. I liked him. I could identify with him and felt that I might have done something similar.  This quality makes it palatable and you see the story unfolding through the eyes of the protagonist and feel it.

Can't say "I really loved it" simply because I enjoy reading fast-paced racy novels ... Robert Ludlum, Matthew Reilly and the likes. So from that perspective, this novel getting a 3-star from me is no mean feat in itself.

I had thought of the cover design to hold some special meaning … it seemed to me that it showed the yellow lines on the road. But the Lead Tin Yellow in the story had to do with 'art' and 'renaissance paintings' so after reading the book, the cover seemed meaningless (which somehow makes me feel, I have missed a point). I am sure the author and cover designer had a meaning behind the cover design which I am missing.

Ratings on Book Review Parameters:

Cover Design: 2.0 / 5

Writing Style: 3.5 / 5

Characters:     3.5 / 5

Story / Plot:     3.0 / 5

Climax:            3.0 / 5

Overall:           3.0 / 5   


  1. Liked the way you said, you weren't excited about the book, but didn't get bored. Well written review. Thanks for sharing :-)

  2. Ludlum is one of my favs too but, this one seems worth a try. Thanks for sharing a nice review...