The Misfits is a great movie and novel by Simon Butcher. It tells the story of two young men, brothers - David and John (played by Ed Harris and Jason Statham respectively), who stumble upon a group of disenchanted World War Two underground veterans. The couple are invited to lunch by their host, John Maxwell (Daniel Craig). Together they share secrets of their past and they begin to re-cultivate their friendship as well as trust each other again. But when something happens in the restaurant and the couple's lives are put under threat, the friends of theses two guys must work together to save the day.
The movie is very intense and contains some very memorable scenes. However, there is also some bare mechanics at play which may not appeal to everybody. I do not necessarily mean that the film is badly made or has poor acting. Rather, I'm referring to the fact that the film never really reaches its climax.
The book starts out with a bang - an incredible chase scene that leaves John and David desperately search for a clue to save the day. The book's first few sentences hook you, immediately reminding you of the book's thrilling premise. I especially love how Butcher implements his strong point of contrast between the good guys and the bad guys. In this way, the book keeps you reading through the tension.
However, things get dull after a while. We have already been introduced to some of the main and minor characters in the book. And we know how the whole story will end. So why do we need to wait for the movie? Is it just a matter of time before we learn how the whole action will unfold?
Well, the answer is simple - the book's success is dependent on the same thing that attracts audiences to long and engaging novels and movies: its amazing plot. The book is no exception. The book's plot is so gripping that even non-fiction fans will shed a tear or two while having their brains turned to mush by the thrilling ending.
What's more, Butcher is not one of those authors who only writes great novels where nothing happens for a long time. He injects drama into his stories, using language that seems to come from the imagination of a British author (he was born in Ireland). If you love the Misfits, check out the online book store to order the book right away. It is available for download from a variety of online retailers, including Amazon. The book can be purchased from several websites as well. You can also buy the movie on Amazon or directly from the director.