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After Mello’s spectacular failure in books 8 and 9, the story shifts over to Near as he tries to catch Light/Kira in a cerebral mastermind game of wits.
After Mello’s failed attempt at getting a hold of Kira, and the death of Light’s father, things go from the action/gungho/blitz-a-rama to a much more “I know that you know that I know that you know that I know that you know” type of back and forth between Light/Kira and Near.
Sadly, Near isn’t as likeable as L was and a lot of his motivation is proving that he is as good as L was. L had a hate/love camaradie with Light that was fun to read about. Near and Light just talk over the phone and we get to hear their thoughts about how they’re going to outwit the other.
However, the end game is in sight. Both Near and Light/Kira are finalizing their plans to outwit the other. And just as Near and Light begin their plan, Mello shows up at the end of book 11 to throw a monkey wrench into both their plans.
In summary, I was going to throw in book 12, the final book as part of this review. But I thought it was worth it’s own review next week. So next week will be the review for book 12, the final book in the Death Note series.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Author: Tsugumi Ohba
Death Note #10 & 11
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