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4* for plot and presentation of a good romance novel, 1 star for credibility.
on September 22, 2011
Borrowed Time, Legacy Books, e-book version by C. J. Lyons is a romantic mystery that unfortunately calls for critical evaluation.
The protagonist is a cop who, with her partner, answers a burglary call. The thief kills her partner and fires two shots at her with a weapon of sufficient power to penetrate her protective vest and produce wounds that cause loss of cardiac function for eight minutes. A gifted surgeon miraculously brings her back to life and she finds that she is able to foresee the future. Within a matter of days she is engaging in all manner of derring-do, accompanied by the surgeon who is having erotic thoughts about her the day after operating and realizes he is madly in love with her. While she runs around attempting to find the elusive madman, several other cops are killed. Additional problems are provided by her commanding officer, who is the father of the wife of her deceased partner. He has never liked her and blames her for the man's death. A number of other characters become involved and the story continues to an action-packed showdown with the cop-killer.
The author has written a story that moves along well and one that has many of the elements required to provide a first rate thriller. From a literary point of view, it also is well written and has received fine reviews from credible sources. However, from this reader's point of view, there is a matter of credibility and an underlying problem with the story. The pace seems forced. The athletic activity of severely wounded people in such incredibly short spaces of time is highly improbable and the rapidity of appearance of erotic/love emotions in the attending surgeon is quite incredible. The cavalier manner in which the surgeon blithely accompanies his patient into an FBI briefing also is a little suspect. All of these features I find especially disconcerting because the author is an ER physician familiar with police procedures.
So to conclude, for this reader, Borrowed Time is a fast paced novel that reads more like a Danielle Steel romance than a mystery thriller per se. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.