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Buying Time (Angela Evans Series No. 1) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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The characters were wonderful, well developed and quite realistic. They were brilliantly written and allowed me to get involved with their lives, causing me to really adore some and hold great disdain for others.
The storyline was exciting and held my interest from the first page. Pamela Samuels Young writes masterfully and with a passion that makes this book really work. This is book one of the series and after reading this, the whole series has made it to the top of my wish list. After "Buying Time", I can't wait to read these. Pamela Samuels Young is definitely a writer to keep an eye on!!
do you know what a viatical settlement is? i didn't prior to reading this, so let me do a quick explanation first. apparently, there are brokers that purchase life insurance policies from individuals (usually those with terminal illnesses such as cancer) at a percentage of the face value. they pay the individual in cash, in exchange for being named the sole beneficiary of that policy. investors are willing to put up the cash for the return on their investment once the individual dies. at first it sounds a bit morbid, but in actuality, it can be a very meaningful thing for terminally ill patients. it allows them to do things they might not have afforded, such as experimental procedures that their insurance won't cover, or to spend the last months of their life traveling. but, on the flip side of that coin is the potential for questionable and unethical actions, which is exactly what Buying Time is about...
Angela is a moderately successful attorney working on what could be her breakthrough case following an organization called Live Now that deals in viatical settlements. the organization is under scrutiny for their questionable tactics, but she soon realizes that the issues run much deeper. though Angela is dedicated and fierce in her professional life, her personal life is a constant source of headaches. her engagement to a judge seemed like a good idea at the time, since her biological clock is ticking, but as he becomes more and more controlling and condescending, she isn't so sure of herself. then, when she meets the sensitive, thoughtful and good looking Dre at the gym, she finds herself caught up in a tangle in both her personal and professional life.
Lawrence Erickson is on the up and up with his career, shooting for the coveted U.S. Attorney General position, but his wife, at home with terminal cancer, is becoming a problem. she is the ruthless sort, clearly unhappy in the marriage and is threatening to expose something that could ruin his career. as he tries to placate her and hold her out until she kicks the bucket, he finds himself sucked into a web of political scandal and cover ups of enormous proportions.
Waverly has made a few wrong turns in life, but has the best intentions. supporting his gold-digging wife (and impressing his in-laws) proves to be more difficult than he'd anticipated and he finds himself cutting corners, and ultimately disbarred from the legal profession. when he gets offered the opportunity to sell viatical settlements for Live Now, he thinks things might finally be looking up. but, when his clients start dying sooner then they should and he finds himself under suspicion, he realizes that the downward spiral of his life has only just begun.
one thing i really appreciated about reading Buying Time was the presentation of viatical settlements in its strengths and weaknesses. this is an actual thing that can be a blessing to the patients. in addition, Young also explores domestic abuse in a very tangible way. although a tad graphic at times, i didn't find it over-dramatic or excessive in its representation and appreciated the varying levels of human corruption. the depth and variety of characters that Young presented was extremely well done and although i can't say that i liked many of the characters, their flaws were all well drawn. by far, my favorite was Angela, the strong and stubborn woman of the bunch. Waverly was irritatingly naive and played an annoying, yet convincing victim and Erickson was so easy to hate, the epitome of a deplorable politician.
my only qualms about the book were in its over-simplification of the nature of relationships. the marriages seemed borderline cookie cutter types, with enough predictability to bug me a bit. but, otherwise, it was an excellent book that i couldn't put down. if you like a good thriller, this is a book not to be missed.
One of my favorite genres has long been legal themed books, particularly those with a mystery and thriller aspect to them. I suppose it's no surprise, given that my day job involves the law, but I eat these books up and can be particularly harsh on them given that I have more than the general layperson's knowledge about the system.
Buying Time did not disappoint in the slightest. From the first pages the reader is quickly drawn into the intertwined stories of a soon to be disbarred attorney with a materialistic wife, a federal prosecutor reluctantly engaged to a willful judge, a drug dealer on the road to rehabilitation and a powerful attorney with sights on becoming U.S. Attorney General with a dying wife and a deep secret. At the root of the individual stories is the viatical insurance business, a deadly connection.
This was my first book by Ms. Samuels Young and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. The book is peppered with legal references but without being preachy or educational, those references are kept interesting and are not textbook dry in the least. Each chapter was relatively short, most around five pages, and kept the story moving quickly and the pace at sometimes breakneck speed. The characters were real and easily identifiable, even if they sometimes were not likable. And their actions were realistic ones, not ones made simply for plot purposes, a huge gripe of mine. Most importantly, the story was a terrific one, with a few twists thrown here and there and no loose ends left hanging at the end.
Buying Time was a book I simply could not put down and I guarantee you won't be able to either. It's a book that will leave you anxiously flipping pages long into the night.
I will anxiously await the next book by Pamela Samuels Young and I hope that a Hollywood producer or executive is smart enough to pick up this book and option it for a movie.
While Buying Time does deal with corruption and murder, there is not an excessive amount of violence. There is some slight language and sexual situations but only the most sensitive reader to those situations may find objection.
I would highly recommend Buying Time without reservation to any reader looking for a captivating mystery/thriller - - you will not be disappointed.
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I have never heard of this kind of insurance.