Official Review: The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson

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Official Review: The Pinochet Plot by David Myles Robinson

Post by Ginnamassa19 » 17 Jul 2018, 11:45

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Pinochet Plot" by David Myles Robinson.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Riddle me this: what do a ruthless dictator, a college druggie, and a suicide note have in common? The answer’s simple: a connection to a Pinochet Plot. A fast-paced political thriller with an interesting premise and a main cast filled with people of colour, David Myles Robinson’s The Pinochet Plot is a refreshing read—and, considering the state of today’s social politics, an incredibly important story.

Let’s begin with a summary of the book. Our main character, Will Muñoz, is a successful attorney experiencing a bit of a mid-life crisis. Just as he’s about to take a break from his work at his law firm, the tragic news comes in that his mother has committed suicide…leaving behind only a single suicide note. The contents of that note? That she believes Will’s late father—previously thought to have been murdered in a burglary gone wrong—was assassinated by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet for having written a novel depicting his depravity in all its gory glory.

The responsibility to solve the mystery once and for all falls to Will, but starting investigations means heading straight for trouble…

In other words, The Pinochet Plot is about Will investigating Pinochet’s plot to murder the man who wrote a literal Pinochet plot. (If that wordplay doesn’t deserve a hat-tip, I don’t know what does.) However, the book isn’t just a political thriller—it’s also a journey of realisations and self-discovery which readers embark on with our protagonist as he grows, falls in love, and ultimately finds closure for himself.

Puns, obviously, aren’t the only thing Robinson gets right in this book. The pacing is also done pretty well and gives readers time to get to know the main characters, delving deeper into their histories to show us previously-established relationships and connections. This helps ground the story, making it more realistic. The characters are also well-characterised; most of them have distinct personalities or ways of speaking, which makes the story that much more vivid. It definitely makes for a more immersive reading experience, which is undoubtedly a plus point!

Additionally, I really liked the representation in the book. The character cast is made up of people of colour, and there is representation for the LGBTQ community as well. The lives of the female characters don’t revolve around men either, which I was very happy to note while reading. The Pinochet Plot also takes a very clear stand on racism and other forms of discrimination, i.e. that they should not be condoned, which is a truly important message considering the society we live in today—so kudos to Robinson for that!

However, while there are many good things to be said about this book, I must admit that the writing falls a little flat when it comes to delivering emotional impact. Robinson’s words do a very good job of describing and explaining—his settings are detailed, and his sentences are clear—but as always, telling is not showing. As a result of this writing style, I couldn’t really empathise with the characters. This lack of emotional impact also meant, unfortunately, that I was not especially invested when it came to the romance. (Of course, it was a side plot, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important, right?) That isn’t to say that The Pinochet Plot doesn’t have impactful scenes—there are one or two that remind me in particular of scenes from Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give, a book which definitely left me feeling shaken.

Overall, I rate The Pinochet Plot 3 out of 4 stars. Although Robinson’s writing style isn’t quite suited to writing emotionally impactful scenes, it does a good job of carrying the story forward. The book also seems to be professionally edited! As such, I really would recommend this novel to those of you who like political thrillers—The Pinochet Plot is a good read if you’re reading for the plot.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 21 Jul 2018, 10:31

Excellent review. I love the fact that the main protagonist brought closure to the mystery and finds love while doing so.

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Post by davidcoin » 21 Jul 2018, 11:02

Although the review looks too brief but at least there is a pointer to the fact that the main character made a head way at the end of the story.Nice work.

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 21 Jul 2018, 16:17

The book from what I have seen here has diversified excellently. I love books like that.

Beautiful review here...

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Post by Cecilia_L » 21 Jul 2018, 21:52

From your review, this thriller sounds like it has a lot of plot twists--which I love! Thanks for the recommendation!

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Thanks for the lovely review! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it definitely seems like a great read!

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Post by Bonnie Shelby » 22 Jul 2018, 09:41

The responsibility to solve the mystery once and for all falls to Will, but starting investigations means heading straight for trouble…
I loved your review, especially your summary. You made it seem worth reading, although I don't like the fact that it lacks emotional impact. Great review, though!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 22 Jul 2018, 10:55

You are absolutely right - kudos to the author in taking a stand on issues that others shy away from. Aside from that, this sounds like a really good read! Thanks for your review - I enjoyed it :)
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Post by JR Mercier » 22 Jul 2018, 14:23

"In other words, The Pinochet Plot is about Will investigating Pinochet’s plot to murder the man who wrote a literal Pinochet plot. (If that wordplay doesn’t deserve a hat-tip, I don’t know what does.)"

Well done. :tiphat: Love your sense of humour and this review. Really enjoyed reading it.
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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 18:55

crediblereading2 wrote: ↑
21 Jul 2018, 10:31
Excellent review. I love the fact that the main protagonist brought closure to the mystery and finds love while doing so.
Yeah, I like that too :D Thank you!

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 18:56

davidcoin wrote: ↑
21 Jul 2018, 11:02
Although the review looks too brief but at least there is a pointer to the fact that the main character made a head way at the end of the story.Nice work.
Hahaha I try to keep my reviews short and sweet! Thank you for commenting :)

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 18:58

Dahmy 10 wrote: ↑
21 Jul 2018, 16:17
The book from what I have seen here has diversified excellently. I love books like that.

Beautiful review here...
Yeah, there's a lot of diversification, which I'm really glad about! Thank you for your kind comment :D

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 19:00

Cecilia_L wrote: ↑
21 Jul 2018, 21:52
From your review, this thriller sounds like it has a lot of plot twists--which I love! Thanks for the recommendation!
It was definitely an entertaining read! Thank *you* for commenting! :)

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 19:01

gen_g wrote: ↑
22 Jul 2018, 01:44
Thanks for the lovely review! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and it definitely seems like a great read!
It is very good! Thank you for your kind comments :))

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 23 Jul 2018, 19:02

Bonnie Shelby wrote: ↑
22 Jul 2018, 09:41
The responsibility to solve the mystery once and for all falls to Will, but starting investigations means heading straight for trouble…
I loved your review, especially your summary. You made it seem worth reading, although I don't like the fact that it lacks emotional impact. Great review, though!
Ahh thank you! :D Yes, it was a good read apart from the whole emotional-impact thing, which I thought was quite a pity. :P
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