Blitz (Checquy Files #3) ★★☆☆☆

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Title: Blitz
Series: Checquy Files #3
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 622
Words: 250K

Long, bloated, two storylines that didn’t actually have any impact on each other and worst of all, boring. I was bored. The first storyline is dealing with London and World War II and the bombs being dropped on London. The second story involves a woman (who is married to a cop and has a daughter who is a toddler) who joins the Checquy because she can discharge electricity and it is in the present day.

I enjoyed the present day storyline. She was an engaging character with just the right amount of feistiness to keep me from rolling my eyes and she was SMART. She used her brains. Then I would just groan in spirit at the next chapter when we would go back to the stupid idiots who I was forced to read about during WWII. It was nothing more than a boring history info dump about the Checquy and I didn’t care two squats for it. Unfortunately, it seemed to play the bigger part and sucked the life from the entire book.

I actually feel rather generous giving this 2 stars. But it wasn’t bad, so I don’t feel like I can really go any lower. But I certainly won’t be reading any more in the Checquy Files if O’Malley writes any more. I hope he doesn’t because this was bad and I’m going to pretend The Rook and Stiletto are just a duology. Blitz has no business sullying the good literary name of the Checquy Files.


32 thoughts on “Blitz (Checquy Files #3) ★★☆☆☆

    1. Each book is it’s own separate main character, so not much carryover from book to book.
      So if you didn’t care for the first book, I wouldn’t bother w the sequels.
      Unless your book vibe says otherwise 😉

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  1. Well, glad I don’t have to sully my memory of The Rook (one of my all-time favorite books) with this trash. Thanks for taking the bullet for me! 🙂

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    1. The one saving grace of this “series” is that each book is about 99% a standalone. I’d still recommend Stiletto to you, as I found it almost as good as The Rook. But this one? It’s just not worth the time investment at over 600 pages.


  2. I have to agree with you on this review. I also found the book to be long and bloated, and the two storylines didn’t seem to have any connection to each other. I was hoping for more action and excitement, but instead, I found myself getting bored with the book. It’s a shame because the premise of the story had so much potential, but it just didn’t deliver.

    I do have a question for you though – do you think authors should focus on one storyline instead of trying to incorporate multiple storylines into one book? It seems like it can be difficult to balance multiple storylines and make them all interesting and engaging for the reader. What are your thoughts on this?

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    1. If this is a spam comment, then I must say, the bots are getting pretty good!
      If you’re not spam, my apologies.

      I have no problem with multiple storylines if they are related to the overall story in more than just a tangential way. It takes more skill and I don’t think authors should try it on their debut, but even then, it can be done. Brian McClellan’s powder mage trilogy is a good example of how to do it right.


  3. Ah, this is a shame. I enjoyed the first book (haven’t read the second one yet and it’s not a high priority right now). But I applaud your response: the third book doesn’t exist! You’re a reader after my own heart! 😂

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