- File Size: 3761 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 152062073X
- Publisher: Storm Rhino Press (March 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06VTDFMQQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
CERTAIN FURY: A Political Thriller Kindle Edition
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Only complaint: it's too short. This could have been a full length novel, or even a series.
Well worth the money, for an entertaining afternoon read.
Certain Fury is what a novels should be in my mind - a story that is too in-depth for a short story, but perhaps not sustainable for the length of a novel. It needs to have a story that would work well as a movie, a 90 minute bite of theater. In many ways, this book hits that mark.
The novella details the events shortly before and during a coup against a fictional president who the Vice President and other key members of government come to determine is unfit for office. When attempts to get him to step down fail, a violent option is sallied out. People will undoubtedly draw comparisons between President Goldman of the story and a certain President, which may turn some off. Your mileage may vary.
The pacing of this novel is tight. There's a bit of exposition before we're thrust into the plotting and execution of the plan to remove the president. The novels clips along breezily and never saga. Though this is great in sum, the reasoning behind such a drastic move is lost in translation as a result. The president is certainly a belligerent character, but there's little to suggest why such an unprecedented maneuver comes to pass. Furthermore, there's no real explanation of why the military is willing to move against someone who seems staunchly pro military.
The two main characters, a Secret Service Agent and a Delta operator are entertaining and differentiated enough to keep your attention and interest. Bruno, the Delta man had some memorable banter early on especially, and one of the secondary characters in his plot line is worthy of a story of his own. The Secret Service Agent feels a bit too similar at times to some of Smith's other characters (particularly the main character in Tears of Abraham - Ranger, devoted family man, etc.) though. The character is executed adroitly and is entertaining, but feels a bit bland. There's some inkling of his less than perfect marriage, but he still feels a little too unblemished for me personally.
The unusual scenario of a story with two protagonists, on opposite sides of the issue, works quite well - both the leading characters are well-drawn, likeable, and believable. Add my voice to the chorus wishing the authors would go back and flesh out this somewhat skeletal tale into a full-length thriller.