Read: Sandstorm

While Sandstorm started strong – its female protagonist feels truly alive – it soon seems to change into a script for a TV movie that tries to combine too many tropes at the same time. There are too many coincidences, shootouts with increasingly heavy artillery, “surprising” reunions and family ties.

As a movie this would still result in an entertaining, action packed 90 minutes flick. The novel, however, loses much of its appeal. The characters become uninteresting and uni-dimensional. You struggle through the book. You still kind of enjoy it. Yet there is the lingering feeling it could be better with a little less.