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- Print Length: 107 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MY9NJAL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Breaker: (Charlie Cobb Book #1: Action-Packed Crime Thriller Series) Kindle Edition
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BEWARE: This Adult Language Crime Fiction has more than its share of F-bombs to season the liberal use of profanities, gutter talk and adult situations. If this were a film it likely would be rated PG 13.
Told, in part, in first person POV, but also in third person when the main character is not in the scene, this is a fast-paced Action-Adventure work of engaging Crime Fiction. Indeed, although, putting the story down was far more challenging than most novels.
To be sure, this is not a literary classic. Further, the main character is not the sort of guy I would want to get chummy with. He is detestable, obnoxious and, an exciting sort of bully with a conscience. And he loves his daughter.
As I said, I can’t say that I like the guy, but he definitely has some redeeming features. I detest him greatly, but, if I was having trouble with somebody, I’d be calling this guy my buddy. Then, I’d go to confession and ask forgiveness for my sins.
Length: Print, 106 pages. Not available as an Audible selection, but it sure should be. In fact, this is a prime candidate for HBO.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – Bought on Amazon.
Q - Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first?
A – This is the first in a series.
Q – If this is a recurring character or a series, does it have a cliffhanger ending?
A – No cliffhanger ending.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – This is an engaging page turner. A fast read.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – Although I really enjoyed the story, it is pretty far out there, like a pulp fiction novel. I found myself second-guessing a few of the scenes, but, then eagerly suspended my disbelief and plowed ahead.
One thing that added value to me is his brief glossary of confusing terms at the end of the story. Especially useful to me as I am not a Brit.
To give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.
‘…Few people have a car here. Most are beat-up rust buckets a couple of decades old.
That’s why I drive the Peugeot. It’s fast, with a turbo engine. But it’s not fancy enough to get nicked.
I walk across the car park to the flats, pink balloon tugging in the wind. It's one of those fancy ones. A big number nineteen, tied with sparkly ribbon instead of string.
Don't wanna leave it in the car in case someone steals it.
The block of flats looms high over me. Looks more like an open prison than a residential area.
I notice a black Mercedes saloon parked up near the main entrance to my block. Not a raindrop on it. Means the owner keeps it undercover, lives local and only just arrived.
I look around me. I don’t see any trouble, so I head into the open communal area at the bottom of the block.
The lifts are playing up again. There’s a scruffy note, written in biro and taped to the breezeblock wall. Someone kicked the sxxx out of a lift door and now both are knackered.
So I take the stairs. Seven floors up. Concrete steps and naked walls scrawled in graffiti and stained with old piss.
No, make that fresh piss.
I feel the climb in my legs. I’m not quite as young and fit as I used to be. For a second, it occurs to me that I might be getting too old for this business.
Then I think, nah. Gotta get back in the gym, that's all. Lay off the cake and biscuits.
I’m five floors up when I hear another pair of feet a couple of flights below. Heavy scuffs in shoes. The formal kind.
Must be someone dressed up for court, I think.
But as I round the railing onto the next flight, I see a…’
Aspinall, Rob; Aspinall, Rob. Breaker: (Charlie Cobb Book 1: New Crime & Action Thriller Series) (Kindle Locations 197-211). Kindle Edition.
I abhor characters like this, yet, I devoured the story and will read the next in the series voraciously. I won’t, however, be recommending it to my friends and neighbors at church…
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Charlie "Breaker" Cobb is a rarity in Manchester England... He's an unaffiliated gangster, hired for special jobs, the ultimate "fixer" who keeps the peace between rival gangs. But when his daughter Cassie asked him to pinkie swear to give up his violent ways, and Charlie has a little bit of a hallucination problem, he was forced to choose between killing a young witness to a horrible crime... or save the kid, and help the kid (and the Crown prosecutor) take down the Russian crime boss Ivan Rudenko?
This is one fast-paced adventure that ranged from infiltration to kidnapping to escape from goons and cops, to double-cross, betrayal, and more chases. It'd make a great 1 hour episode of TV. It's a fun fast read, and I look forward to more adventures of Breaker.
The whole read felt like a script mix of action movie and slapstick; one can see some indirect humor in how things worked out positively for the protagonist. His so-caller reform was only partly so, he still stole cars and fought, but had the best of luck when fighting, so he survived to live another day. I was not enamored by him, and don't think I will look for any following books.
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I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.