American P.I. (A Nicholas Colt Thriller) Kindle Edition
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- From the start I was curious how being a washed-up rock star would make you a good private detective but tried to keep an open mind. Unfortunately, the more I read, the harder it was to swallow the premise. The so-called hero was abrasive and egotistical, and yes he did get beat up a lot, but he was also a perfect pool player who couldn't be beat, and he knew it.
- The love interest came out of the blue and was pretty far-fetched. He asks a girl in a bar some questions and she falls head-over-heels for him, calling him later that same night and offers to hook up with him. They do - with mind-blowing sex, of course - and they immediately are in love with each other.
- He was recommended as one of the best private detectives by a cop he knew, yet all he did was get a little information and immediately jump to the WRONG conclusion. Over and over. He cussed out the cops who said (..correctly..) he needed more evidence, then charged off and got an innocent man beaten and tortured before deciding he was wrong, then he immediately accuses another innocent person and gets her shot, before deciding he was wrong again. I'm sorry, but this guy is just too stupid to be a PI.
- His interactions with the motorcycle gang was not very believable, as well as the plot resolution.
On the plus side, I don't remember any typos/grammar errors, but I felt the entire plot was ridiculous, the characters unlikable, and the whole story irritating and unbelievable. Sorry, but I don't recommend.
Basically, if you're looking for a snore, pick up Colt.
Colt, the first offering in a new series by Jude Hardin is a gritty, no-holds-barred thriller that takes no prisoners and spares no sensibilities. Nicholas Colt is a man with a past, and a murky future, the quintessential anti-hero, but a character the reader can’t help but root for, and the cast of characters Hardin has assembled for this romp through murder and mayhem is first-rate in their madness. Started reading, and couldn’t put it down.
I just finished this book and I can't stop rolling my eyes. Oh Goody, another "hard-boiled" detective who is drunk, broke, and making enemies all over the place, not to mention that the first woman he meets ends up taking him to bed on the very same night. Oh, and that is saying nothing about all the bogus, red herring "clues" he expects the reader to fall for. I just kept saying, "Don't be stupid" over and over through the book. I'm not sure if I was talking to Colt, to the woman, or to myself for bothering to read past the introduction. Kept thinking it has to get better, but no...
Mercifully, the book was short.
I gave it two stars because it is always possible that I am just in an uncharitable mood today. Either way, I wont be reading another Colt mystery.
One flaw comes, unfortunately, at the start of Chapter 1. The pilot announces "we’re losing engine number two," This plane carries a band and a family. so must be an executive jet, and executive jets have two engines. Losing one of them is no big deal; they can fly (and even take off, unless overloaded) on one. So presumably Engine #1 had also failed. Therefore the announcement should have been "we're losing our second engine." I hope this is corrected in the next Edition.