- File Size: 396 KB
- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: joined at the hip worldwide; 1 edition (August 14, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 14, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013Z367WI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dark Sky (The Misadventures of Max Bowman Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 4 in The Misadventures of Max Bowman
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The characters were all flat. The language had far to many f-bombs, which detracted from the thin plot. I know that people swear but this went into a realm of abuse of language.
Had I finished the book this review might have gone in a totally different direction.
As I stated, Joel Canfield can write. So put this one down as an author and a reader just not connecting.
I wish thank Joel Canfield, The Publisher, and GoodReads for my ARC in exchange for my honest revoew.
“Dark Sky” is a cunningly crafted crackerjack caper that doesn’t let up from page one. It was full of twists & turns that did not telegraph themselves. There were many aspects of it that this reader thoroughly enjoyed -- too numerous to mention. Perhaps the ones that made me chuckle and smile the most were references to familiar things with which I grew up, whether mentions of classic or obscure TV shows, celebrities, events and expressions. One thing is certain: fans of “The Rifleman” will think of it with a “Dark Sky” asterisk, forevermore.
As for Max Bowman, he is a guy with as many imperfections as I have comic books. Yet he has enough of the aforementioned Jack Ryan, not only mixed with the aforementioned Jack Daniels but with 007 and Napoleon Solo to boot, to make for an utterly memorable character - not to mention the other good and bad “guys” throughout “Dark Sky” that surround Bowman and were cleverly brought to life by Joel Canfield in such a way that made them real people with whom one can identify to varying degrees.
Last but not least - not unlike those great Bond movie endings, I was gratified to see, at the end of “Dark Sky”, that “Max Bowman will return in Blue Fire”.
I can’t wait.
This writer has shown he is at the top of a group of writers that have worshiped at the feet of John McDonald. He has taken the lessons learned and advanced to the next level. His plot is engaging and the twists and turns are logical yet hard to predict. The interpersonal relationships are complex but not confusing and the love interest(s) are unconventional and certainly not included for any gratuitous reason. The conclusion gives us a concrete ending but with enough of a tag line that the reader will be looking forward to the next installment.
All in all I would rate this a 9 out of a possible 10, with 10 being the highest rating. I do not often give such a high rating as I am usually a rather critical reviewer. Unless you are a reader that cannot imagine enjoying a read where the characters tend to scoff at today's politically correct societal straight jacket you are surely going to enjoy this book and, I expect, the rest of this series.
Top international reviews
In fact, Max Bowman isn't a P.I.at all. He's a nearing sixty years old, retired, not very good CIA agent, (desk duries), who'd been subsidizing his income by occasionally doing odd jobs looking fkr , mostly, missing persons, for an old but still current CIA buddy, Howard. But Howard denied sending him the latest client, a weird looking man who was paying him an huge sum of money to look for a celebrated war hero everyone knew was dead.
Great story filled with question marks and tension, rather than full action scenes, though those are there, too. Good characterisation of the leading protagonists combined with colourful characters and the ongoing mystery. And funny, sometimes laugh out loud funny. Strangely, for all of it's wierdness, it felt very plausible. Great narration, too, ofcourse-- I loved this book. Highly recommended
A very variable writing style which bears some patience getting through the early stages of the book. The opening pages describe a fairly minor character in such detail, and with so many metaphors, that it become boring rather than amusing. Also, at first, the dialogue is so peppered with swear words that it's annoying rather than gritty. However, the style settles down after the first couple of chapters and the book moves along at a steady pace but with little excitement or humour. I finished it but I can't say I'll be coming back for more.