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At the City's Edge Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 22, 2008
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Marcus was also the host of the acclaimed television show "Hidden City" on Travel Channel, for which he was routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs.
Prior to writing, he worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3D animator, a movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn't draw.
He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His website is MarcusSakey.com, or follow him on Facebook (Facebook.com/MarcusSakey) or Twitter, where he posts under the clever handle @MarcusSakey.
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This is an outstanding chase novel. The characters are extremely engaging. The reltionship between Jason and Elena is delightful (never mind that it develops in an impossibly brief time). The suspense is never ending. Each cliff hanger chapter end is followed by rapid, unexpected developments. The novel explores (painlessly) concepts of duty, a soldier's code of honor, the war in Iraq, and the heartache of parenting. The gang characters are chilling as well as engaging.
This is an outstanding effort. I strongly recommend the book and Sankey's earlier stand alone,"The Blalde Itself."
A novel that's both entertaining and ambitious. Highly recommended.
While his first, "The Blade Itself" will remain my favorite (if you haven't discovered this pulse-pounder already, stop reading this and go add it to your cart pronto), City's Edge gives it a run for its money. Sakey stomped on the gas here in a more ambitious story that gets even more dirt under its fingernails, more complexity in its characters and more stakes that leave a higher body count its wake and your heart leaping from your throat. Throw in some deftly woven social commentary and a villain that sneers with the best of them and you've got one fun book that's head and shoulders above most of his peers.
AT THE CITY'S EDGE is well written (Sakey definitely knows how to write forceful, punchy prose) but the story has very little originality. In fact, most of the scenes and situations in this novel are recycled from other books and TV shows I have either read or seen. Jason Palmer, the tortured Iraq war veteran with a dark secret he refuses to discuss, is the type of character I've seen before in countless books.
The same thing could be said about Elena Cruz, the tough Latina cop who makes the mistake of sleeping with one of her male superiors. Hey, what are the chances that Jason and Elena fall for each other? Close to certain, I would say. It also doesn't help that most of the other supporting characters are stereotypes, straight from central casting, including the little boy that Jason must bond with by the end of the story.
The actual plot itself, about gang warfare and police/political corruption, is pretty much by-the-numbers stuff and unfolds predictably. Sakey tries to make some legitimate points about gang life in the inner city, but he isn't particularly subtle about how he makes his points, which makes parts of AT THE CITY'S EDGE seem rather heavy-handed.
In short, I was disappointed with this effort. I think Sakey is a very talented writer, but I hope his next novel contains a more inspired storyline than what I found here.
While highlighting Sakey's canny ability for thriller writing, AT THE CITY'S EDGE is at its core a mystery, one that is complex, multilayered and, above all, intriguing. The primary character, as with THE BLADE ITSELF, is the author's beloved Chicago, but his latest book introduces an entirely new and riveting cast of personalities to bounce off of his fast-moving plot.
Chief among them is Jason Palmer, an Iraq war veteran whose discharge "for reasons other than honorable" chafes him internally as he returns to his old neighborhood. Jason realizes immediately that he has only exchanged one war for another when his brother Michael is brutally murdered. A tavern owner and community activist, Michael had been extremely vocal about gang activity in his local area and made a number of dangerous enemies. When he is killed during the torching of his business in front of his young son, Billy, it appears that he is yet another victim of an ongoing and apparently never-ending street war. Billy's description of his father's assailants, however, doesn't quite equate with that conclusion.
Jason doesn't have much time to puzzle it out, because even as they are grieving, he all too quickly learns that the men who killed his brother are now after Billy as well. Jason and Billy find themselves on the run, but Jason wants revenge for his brother's death, even as he discovers that the reasons for Michael's execution are more complicated than he originally thought.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would say this one was average. Many parts seemed a bit over the top & rather unreal. It's not a bad book, just not one of his best.Published 23 days ago by C. R. Imes
Ver good read. I like Mr. Sakey's writing style and can't wait for delivery of Written In Fire to my Kindle.Published 3 months ago by Wayne Blaauboer
This is my 3rd novel from this author. Enjoyed them all.Published 3 months ago by Richard G. Evansii
I have enjoyed other books by this author, but this one felt too comfortable with itself. Try other Sakey works first.Published 4 months ago by Michael Southern
good read - brigns many societal ills and good together but the sake of doing the right thingPublished 7 months ago by Woodsie
This book touches on many real life issues in an artful way that is visceral and touching at the same time. Great read.Published 8 months ago by NovelFinder
Fast moving and you truly will be surprised by the end. Couldn't put it down.Published 8 months ago by Ladybug1