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#12ReviewsOfXmas Death Wish: Movie Tie-In Edition (Paul Benjamin #1) By Brian Garfield #BookReview (9) #MovieReview


Publisher: Duckworth
ISBN13:  9781468316261
Genre: Thriller
Release date: 09 01 2018
Price*: Kindle £5.03 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.86 (GBP)
Kindle $6.43 (USD)/ Paperback $8.37 (USD)
Pages: ~ 160
Book rating: 5/10
Movie rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: That police is not very effective most of the times.


Description of the book: Paul Benjamin, a successful accountant in New York City, is enjoying a three-martini lunch when his home is broken into by a gang of drug addicts. For just a handful of money, they savagely beat Paul’s wife and daughter, leaving his wife dead and his daughter comatose. Grief-stricken and forced to reevaluate his views, Benjamin becomes disillusioned with society and plots his revenge on the perpetrators, whom the police are unable to bring to justice. Armed with a revolver and total disregard for his own safety, he sets out to even the score.

Adapted by Wendell Mayes into the 1974 feature film starring Charles Bronson, Death Wish is now a new major motion picture starring Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue, Dean Norris, Camila Morrone and Kimberly Elise, written by Joe Carnahan and directed by Eli Roth.

How this book made me feel: I won this book in a giveaway, and because I was going for holidays (and because I was behind my reading challenge on Goodreads) I decided to pack it up and read it on the go. I did watch the movie as well so, it will be kind of two in one review.

The main character in this novel is Paul, he is an accountant, and while he is in the business meeting, his flat gets burglarized, and his wife killed. Paul is devastated after his wife’s death and seeks justice, but it seems that police is clueless. So he takes matters in his own hands. I have to be honest with you, I found this book quite boring and corny. I liked Paul as a character, and I fully understand his thoughts and disappointment with the police’s work. Emotionally, this book is really deep and got me thinking quite a bit.

I found the narrative of this book quite boring and even though it is a tiny book, it dragged for me. There were quite a lot of unrealistic situations, and it wasn’t fully accomplished. I didn’t really like the ending as well, it didn’t have a proper conclusion.

Even though the book was “Meh” for me, I really liked the movie! Bruce Willis (Paul) done an excellent job in this movie, I loved his acting. The narrative was quite different from the book, and to be honest, it was way better than in the book. I liked the way the script was written, it had great twists and I think the movie was very well delivered. It had a great ending as well, which rounded the story very nicely.

So, to conclude, this is a very rare case, when the movie is better than the book so, I would recommend watching the movie. But if you would like to know what happened in the original version, feel free to check it out as well, it is only around 150 pages. 😉

Did you have a case, when the movie was better than the book?

136876.jpgAbout the Author: Brian Francis Wynne Garfield is an American novelist and screenwriter. He wrote his first published book at the age of eighteen and wrote several novels under such pen names as “Frank Wynne” and “‘Brian Wynne” before gaining prominence when his book Hopscotch (1975) won the 1976 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He is best known for his 1972 novel Death Wish, which was adapted for the 1974 film of the same title, followed by four sequels, and an upcoming remake. His follow-up 1975 sequel to Death Wish, Death Sentence, was very loosely adapted into a film of the same name which was released to theatres in late 2007, though an entirely different storyline, but with the novel’s same look on vigilantism. Garfield is also the author of The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the Aleutians, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History. Garfield’s latest book, published in 2007, is Meinertzhagen, the biography of controversial British intelligence officer Richard Meinertzhagen.

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