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Pretender: Rebirth

After months of procrastinating, I finally bought the e-book of Pretender: Rebirth.

Let me get this out of the way first. I am a huge, huge fan of the Pretender tv series. So much that I have written my own series of fanfic/crossovers with other tv 'verses. To be honest, it's still my favourite series, even beating Smallville. But that's neither here nor there.

I know it says 'Rebirth' but I initially wondered if they were going to re-hash some of the same stuff from the series. The answer to that is yes, and no. This is, for all intents and purposes, a reboot. It's a great way to reintroduce the concept to a whole new audience, but it's almost like coming home for those fans of the show who have already seen Jarod in action.

There were a few moments I recognised from the pilot episode, but instead of rewriting the script, Craig and Steve have given us a different mystery to solve, only taking some elements from the pilot episode.

What I really enjoyed is seeing Jarod's thought processes at work. Michael T Weiss, who played the character, was a joy to watch because he just seemed to have that ability to project different emotions. There were certainly a few times when I got lost in those amazingly expressive eyes. Reading about his thought processes just took it to a whole new level. From the way Jarod studied his targets and mimicked their behaviours to using his chameleon-like skills to become someone else - I lapped it all up like a person dying of thirst in the desert.

I could even picture Michael in these situations.

I was mostly reading this on the bus to work, for about half an hour at a time, but I was so tempted to keep reading. To me that's the mark of a good book.

There were a lot of enjoyable moments in the book, from Jarod's delight of discovering new things to Miss Parker's snarky comments. I kind of wish they hadn't continued with the smoking, although that's more a personal thing to me and I imagine the reasons for it will become clear eventually.

Sydney is his usual mysterious self and it did leave me wondering whose side he was really on and if he was being truthful.

Only one person was missing from our trio of hunters but I do hope he will turn up eventually.

I enjoyed every word, but of course, now I have to get the sequel so I can find out what happens. Now I know why people say I'm evil with my cliffhangers in my stories. Clearly Craig and Steve have a cunning plan.

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