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Colin Bateman has been writing for a good length of time now and his style has matured over the years. He has always balanced darkness with light, often by having gruesome murders, but very funny main characters. His earliest works were perhaps his darkest, but the setting of Northern Ireland seemed to give the books a reprieve. Surely bad things happened during the troubles? How would Bateman’s dark comedic crime thrillers work if the setting was moved? Not quite as well as it turns out.Nathan
Bateman always delivers. With this one just a little less than usually, not because of the story or writing but because some of the characters were just too horrible, and the way their chapters were written were just a bit too much. More than was needed to understand, so it felt a little over-indulgent. Still a great story, fantastic time as always with Bateman, never get less than that.
Great readThis a great story. It is certainly the darkest story I've read from the author. I wasn't expecting that. I laughed and got angry and wanted more at the ending of the story. I loved it.
I like this book. It's funny and witty. Peole with great sense of humour would definitely love this book 😊.There's so many characters in this book and I am amaze at how the writter link the characters together into a one story line.
Very easy reading comic caper
The humour is very dark....but SO funny.
Suspend credulity and laugh out loud
Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book as much as I was expecting, I tend to prefer Bateman's Dan Starkey novels but Empire State is not as funny as Maid of the Mist or his other American set novels.Midway through Empire State I found myself disliking most of the lead characters which made the book a harder read, I especially found reading the George sections to be horrific. However the most important issue was that I wasn't laughing anywhere near as much as I expected.
Yet another Colin Bateman novel... took me a bit longer to get into than the Dan Starkey or Mystery Man books by Colin. But a page turner once I got into it. Sadly it means that I only have 2 Bateman novels left to read. It was rather funny that the book revolves around a US president who is black and Obama is currently in office. Made it more fun to read.
I say read Divorcing Jack, then read this, then...just move on to another author. No offense to this one.
Bateman was ahead of his time with this satirical crime novel abiut the attempt to assainate the black president of the USA. As always with Bateman there's a lot of satire and punk rock throughout the book. I loved it.
Purely brilliant. Dark humour at its finest. Superbly written and laugh out loud hilarious
Absolute riot - was the first Bateman I read and became an instant fan.Give it a go!
not his best overlong and a bit silly
This crime caper was one I picked up in London. It was terrible. I can't believe I bothered to finish it.
sick, but great fun!