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What I love about Mr Brooke's books is that while his characters are a shade different from the mainstream, they ARE authentic, they ARE modern, and reading about them helps open the mind about the different types of people we might come across in the world. Apart from that, having such interesting characters just makes the whole read more enjoyable!
Harking back briefly to Zombie Candy, the character of Roberta was so realistically and painfully drawn, that I had great feeling for her. Fast forward to Collateral Damage and he's done it again - brought out in Annie and Michael that obsessiveness that comes with an unhealthy love. And as for drawing in the character of Todd - well, I would clearly have left HIM on the side of the road if he'd been in MY car!
The story is also modern in that as a minor part of the storyline, it talks about coeliacs and gluten free foods. Having a close friend, different neighbours and meeting countless others over the last few years who suffer from this debilitating medical issue, it was great to see it being used as a story line and a way to easily (and surreptitiously!) educate people.
Mr Brooke's research, or else his general knowledge, is astounding. I learnt bits about sink holes, weapons, Iraq, getting info off mobile phones and laptops - you name it. He either has a great imagination ... or great sources :)
Like most stories which build, you will need to stick with the early chapters. And it probably won't appeal greatly to men - it is not a boys' own adventure. But this is quality fiction, the third in a series, yet with a change of location, new characters, more depth into old ones, and subliminal learning along the way.
Enjoy - then go back and make sure you've read Doing Max Vinyl (my favourite) and Zombie Candy in that order so that you have the full Annie Ogden story so far.
Please note that Mr Brooke's books are self-published - we are not his publisher.
The various elements, the love story and the thriller part, are blended in a credible way.
The narration is in first person through the eyes of two main characters, this helped me to immerse myself in the events.
Only after finishing it I discovered that it is the third in a series, I did not feel lost at all.
I think that, time permitting, I'll read the previous volumes too.
This was good. So here goes:
Frederick Lee Brooke, keep writing.
Not only did you bring me a few hours of enjoyment, you gave me a story that made me laugh (sadly at times) at the story that was spun, and the mystery and the love that follows around Annie, Salvatore and Michael.
Reading a series is different than reading a stand alone book. You might say OBVIOUSLY, but I constantly see people griping about character development being slow, or not following the story and the necessity of reading each book in order. The truth is, none of that takes away from a good book.
I thought about re-reading Max Vinyl and Zombie Candy before reading this book, but then decided to see what it would be like to just dive in. Turns out, Collateral Damage stands just as well on its own.
I'm not saying don't read the other two books at all, just that it doesn't matter which one you start with. Each takes place chronologically, but you can enjoy Collateral Damage before Zombie Candy of vice versa. Of the three books though, this one is my favorite so far. I'm now invested in the characters, and I'd like to get to know Salvatore more. I'd also like to see where he and Annie wind up, but I suppose that's anther tale...
Sadly (or ironically and humorously if you're me) it read much like my past. Minus the army, because I sure didn't do that - but the love life escapades, the crazy ex's and crazy other people's ex's that I did.
Minus the Meth. (But plus some other questionable substances.)
There's a reason this duck is F*&^%ng terrifying, and it isn't because it's doused in oil. (Sadly) From Wikicommons
I hold great admiration for anyone who can write a novel, and even greater admiration for someone who can pace a series properly, and keep the reader both satisfied and wanting more. Brooke manages to do all this in three books, and unlike many movies - makes me want to read/see the fourth.
The characters are easy to identify with, complicated, and most importantly human. I do want to get to know them more, in fact, I want an entire other series centered around Salvatore and his past. He has secrets. I must know them.
There's a certain beauty to having chapters titled after the character narrating them. It allows for a little more freedom, and for the reader to hone in on what's happening without having to remember who was where doing what and being jarred from chapter to chapter. I loved being able to follow the story from different perspectives in much the same way a tv series (or soap opera) is filmed in scenes. Sometimes the main characters are together and sometimes they're not, but it's a very good way to know what's happening all over. Somehow, it can also make the reader feel like they know more than character A or B, and results in yelling at the book and/or TV whatever the case may be.
All in all, it was a fun, well written read, and a great way to spend a day outside by a pool. There were also a lot of other little tidbits like the gluten free bake shop that got me thinking, and reminded me of the gluten free baking mix I got from SwiftMix at the Market the other day. I'd share the recipe, but you'll just have to come to the market if you're in Brandon to buy it, and then let the deliciousness waft into your nostrils. My family isn't gluten free exactly, but cautious about how much gluten we eat, and frankly if someone can make a pizza mix that I can bake and involves yeast and isn't literally a flop then I'll buy it. SwiftMix was a total success - and I'll remind you again, yeast hates me, or my oven, or something.
Great pizza, a pool and a great book. You want this one. Or Doing Max Vinyl, or Zombie Candy. Hell, just go get all three.
So allow me to pester once more - Brooke - don't make this a trilogy. You're better than that.
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