- File Size: 1124 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Smarmy Press (June 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00YO9SF46
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow! For all my disappointment at Jeff for not going after Farber in Red on the Inside, Back in Black makes up for it in spades. Jeff is determined, paranoid and a bit psycho. Still reeling at the brutal loss of what was most likely his only friend, having to cope with life without him and being on the run from Farber and whatever crazy sadistic end he has planned for him Jeff really has a lot to deal with in this one. Truly parts of this were difficult to read as Jeff sinks deeper and deeper into a revenge fueled depression. Even his visits with Amity seem to do nothing but make things that much worse. As they grow closer, this closeness is hindered by them being part of two very separate worlds. Can this kid ever get a break?! I think I tore through this book in a little under two days, it was just that good. And the ending had me reaching for the final installment to find out how this rollercoaster story will end.
I love this series, and for those who have read the first three books, this one will deliver the same page-turning experience you've come to expect from Vargus and McBain.
But why only four stars? Well, as much as I liked "Back in Black," it is my least favorite book of the series so far for a couple of reasons.
One was the main character, Jeff’s, attitude throughout much of the book. Without giving too much away, Jeff has always been a pessimistic, sarcastic guy, and he’s recently been through some really crazy stuff. But in BIB, he’s a little too pessimistic. Don’t get me wrong—it makes sense that this character would feel the way that he does. But it’s annoying. You feel for him in the beginning, but slowly, you find yourself wanting to shake him and tell him to just get over it already.
Slightly related, I got turned off by some of Jeff’s internal monologue, which is a big change for me. I’ve always found the Jeff’s internal monologue witty and acerbic, but there were times in this book where he just came off as whiny and melodramatic. And while I appreciate what Jeff’s been through, I’ve never thought of him as they kind of guy who whines about his lot in life. There’s even one place where I took a note saying, “Jesus Grobs—get some Prozac.” It’s just a little over the top.
Fortunately, I found neither of these issues pervasive. Ninety-five percent of the book was the same quality writing and story I’ve come to expect from these authors, and it was one hundred percent engaging. Like the first three books, it was impossible to put down. The next book is the final in the series, and I await it with bittersweet anticipation: while I can’t wait to get some long-awaited answers to questions about what’s happening, I don’t want to say goodbye to this story or these characters. Hopefully, these authors have more projects waiting in the wings—Vargus and McBain have the chops to go a long way.