- File Size: 3007 KB
- Print Length: 288 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Maximum City Publishing (February 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TVM31KY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #1389 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Vigilante Justice
- #2836 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Technothrillers
- #2927 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Crime > Vigilante Justice
The Breaks: An Angela McGlynn Thriller (Vigilante Investigator Justice Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The main protagonist, Angela, is a tall female private investigator, who happens to be gay, and has numerous black belts in various martial arts—what female heroine does not these days? She also is a vigilante hacker with a server farm in her closet that is used to ferret out nefarious internet based predators and other miscreants.
The heroine becomes involved in a missing persons case. Eventually the plot threads converge resulting in fights, shootouts and assorted mayhem. All and all, The Breaks is an enjoyable read and it kept my interest, but no new ground is broken as it’s somewhat formulistic and the characters, aside from Angela, are drawn without a lot of depth.
Some of the plot devices are unrealistic—obviously constructed to put characters together, drive action or as attempts at humor. If you’re going to do that, be aware that some SOB in your audience —in this case me, will deconstruct the scene and question its underlying logic. A minor example is that in San Francisco, it’s totally unnecessary to camouflage a massage parlor. A more prominent example is why a semi-automatic toting world class martial artist would need a bodyguard.
One of the secondary characters is an Ex-Marine with PTSD—can you say stereotype? How about being unique and writing about a well-adjusted Marine who just likes kicking the s*** out of people? I get it—the author’s knowledge of the military is limited and so he goes with what he has gleaned from popular media. Luckily for him, I decided to go easy on his deficit of knowledge of such an august organization—after all, not everyone can be a Marine. My suggestion would have been to do one or all of the following; research the Corps on line, read some current military history or just buy a few drinks for some combat vets and be prepared to take copious notes.
The technology details about hacking seem accurate, but overly detailed descriptions may serve to turn off all but the hardiest techno-geeks. The deeper you go the greater the risk you’ll lose your audience as their eyes glaze over from the unneeded computer based minutia. But, that having been said, the technical details are not overwhelming, the author proves his technical bona fides and for that he should be commended.
One of the things I really liked about the author was he was not afraid to write with all his senses— especially including taste. Many authors fail to take advantage of writing about something the entire human population does on a daily basis—eating tasty food. In The Breaks, the protagonist sits down to a gigantic English style breakfast, eats fresh salmon and has a weird addiction to Japanese candied fish. Bravo!
There are some good lines. One of my favorite is Kelly occupied an island in a flotsam of disordered wood—it just sounds cool and makes Kelly seem very large and imposing indeed. The book is a fine choice to purchase in order to pass some time on an airplane, a waiting room or while lying by the pool—you’ll be entertained and at the end of the day, that’s the goal. For all the reasons I mentioned above, I can’t give The Breaks five stars, but I can give it a solid four.
Angela McGlynn isn't your typical heroine. She's plagued by dark thoughts and a mysterious past which fuels her passion for ass-kicking. When she becomes embroiled in a missing persons case she teams up with ex-marine John Knox to get to the bottom of things. The exchanges between the two are fierce and often humorous as they wind their way through San Francisco's nefarious streets, learning about themselves and each other in lovely exposition.
A bit dark (but what crime isn't?), Sharp doesn't steer away from painting raw, visceral images of child pornography and other crimes plaguing our society.
I loved that Angela is a tough fighter, but she's ripe with psychological complexities. Sharp isn't afraid to work through contemporary issues of female strength and power, and she's able to maintain characters that are believable and compelling.
With a great story line and fun character personalities this book was a real win! I highly recommend it—and I don't usually go for crime thrillers.
There’s an undeniable lightning pace to the book and in combination with well presented (and obviously well researched) hacking techniques, there’s a great validity given to the story where the reader trusts the author from start to finish.
Bravo Eden Sharp! Well done! Congrats on a tight story that is well written and with a great duo that leaves the reader wanting to know what’s coming next in the series.