Perry’s Killer Playlist

Perry's Killer Playlist

Title:  Perry’s Killer Playlist

Author: Joe Schreiber

Publication: 2012, Houghton Mifflin

Pages: 224

Overall Rating: bth_45_zps06f87659[1]

Rating for Action: bth_4-star-rating_zps38e772a0[1]

Quantity of Action: bth_4-star-rating_zps38e772a0[1]

Age Category: 13+

Brief Summary: Hell Yeah!  Gobija Zaksauskas is back and she’s as bad as ever.  When Perry’s band scores a European tour, one of their first stops is Venice.  And as Perry gets off the train, he can’t stop himself from heading to Harry’s Bar – the place Gobi told him they’d meet again.  That visit turns deadly when Perry is confronted by a trio of armed men.  And when Gobi shows up to crush them, the action takes off.  Double crossing, kidnappers, CIA agents, machine guns, and grenades – it’s New York City all over again as the two of them race across Europe, with bullets flying and the bodies piling up.

Age of Main Character: 17

What I Liked the Most: As with Au Revoir Crazy European Chick, Schreiber drives the story forward at a relentless pace without sacrificing depth.  Perry and Gobi are fully realized characters, brimming over with a complex mixture of fear, angst, secrets, and repressed love.  The sparks that fly between them are a joy to see – especially when Gobi begins to open up, revealing what has driven her to leap back into the world of international assassination.

What I Liked the Least: In Au Revoir Crazy European Chick I noted that, while I normally dislike books where the hero or heroine is constantly saved by someone else, in this case it seemed to work.  The second time around, the scenario is more or less the same – Perry stumbles his way into trouble and Gobi gets him out.  But because it’s the second time around I had a little less patience with that formula.  Given that Perry was the one who sought Gobi out, I wanted him to step up and take a more direct role in the action.  That happens in the end, but throughout most of the book it’s all on Gobi, which did get a bit old.

How Good was the Action? If you put aside the issue of Perry standing on the sidelines while Gobi dishes it out, the action is kick-ass awesome.  It rattles along with all the speed and violence of a machine gun, chewing up anyone
stupid enough to stand in Gobi’s way.  But tough as Gobi is, Schreiber always keeps the odds stacked high enough against them that you can’t help sitting on the edge of your seat to see what happens.

How Engaging was the Story?   The tense relationship between Perry and Gobi would probably be enough to carry the story forward all on its own – as Perry once again finds himself drawn from escaping to becoming Gobi’s willing partner in crime.  But things get an added boost from all the lies and double crossing conspiracies that seem to swirl around Gobi wherever she goes.

Overall Assessment: A taut, emotional thrill ride that makes a worthy successor to Au Revoir Crazy European Chick.

Profanity: Yes.

Sex: There a bit of kissing and messing around, and references to a fair bit more.

Violence: Absolutely.  This is Gobi we’re talking about.  So yeah, expect plenty of people to get shot, stabbed, and otherwise have the crap beaten out of them – and all at high speed.

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