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This review is from: Human Resources (Kindle Edition)
I've been waiting anxiously for the new book by Geoffrey Neil. I am a fan of his first novel and was hopeful he wasn't a "one hit wonder". Thankfully, his newest effort, Human Resources, did not disappoint me. In fact, I have to admit I read it faster and enjoyed it overall more than the first!
I was pleased to see the return of Morana, that kick a** female character from Dire Means. I had a love-hate relationship with her that developed, to well, hate-hate in this book, but her cold, calculating character is a real flip on the typically emotional, "soft" female character found even in thrillers. She doesn't scream or shiver fearfully or cry out in terror. She just causes others to do so.
I also enjoyed the protagonist, Lonnie - a good guy with lots of moral flaws, but that's why I liked him. No preachy hero with a superiority complex whose moral character is unattainably perfect. He's real and I'd be happy to be his friend...in fact I think anyone would be lucky to have him on their side in a crisis.
If you can't tell, I am crazy for character driven novels and Human Resources is just that. It is a tense read with only a few places to stop and catch your breath, but that adds to the atmosphere in the book. I found myself haunted by the subtle hints at Morana's evil plan. (Also, Mr. Neil, I really appreciated the tip of your hat in few spots to the readers of your first novel.) I was aptly horrified to find out Morana's ultimate goal, too. Yikes!
And I certainly don't want to give away the ending, but it tightened my throat and made my eyes well up. I'm happy to say, I am a fan of book #2 by Geoffrey Neil and I'm not typically someone who rereads a book once I am done, so I'm already waiting for #3!