The title is a fine example of truth in advertising: the pace doesn't let up from beginning to end, and it's more like watching a summer blockbuster than reading a story. Unfortunately the need for everything to happen fast and in spectacularly cinematic ways makes it difficult to delve into the emotional lives of the characters -- but Parrish certainly does the best he can with the time and opportunities he's got. In true comic-book tradition it's fantastically violent (though not gory), which left me feeling rather numb after a while, but I can certainly think of a lot of teenaged boys who would eat this story up with a jumbo-sized spoon.
Relentless didn't change my life and I can't say I'm likely to read it again, but nevertheless I couldn't put it down. And now I am quite curious about the sequel, because now that I know the underlying premise (and that it is PURE CRACK) I really want to know if Parrish can sell me on it.
* Albeit a much better-written version of The Da Vinci Code than the one that was actually published, and one considerably more sympathetic to Christianity.
** With apologies to Douglas Adams.