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Dark Sky (The Misadventures of Max Bowman Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“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.
so i got it and started reading. i didn't have any information ahead of time, and i didn't know what to expect: storyline, genre, characters - nothing. and i have to say that from page one on, there was never a single moment where i wasn't entertained, surprised, intrigued, involved in both the story and the characters, and the situations they kept finding themselves in as the story developed. i had no idea where it was going - but wherever it went, it seemed like the exact right next place to be. it's funny and smart and completely unpredictable. also there's a lot of wisdom and honesty in it - the hero is middle aged, he's screwed up some pretty big things in his life and some of them he knows he can't get back. and since that informs almost everything he does, he's in over his head very soon. it gives the book substance, the kind that comes from someone who's earned it.
also very important, it never felt like the plot was leading the characters - it was more like the characters created the plot as they stumbled along through it, which is exactly the way this story needed to be told. and the way joel does it, you're never aware of anyone actually sitting down and writing this - it's more like being next to some random guy on an airplane and he starts telling you this story, and the next thing you know the plane just landed and you are blown away by what you just heard. no tricks, no wires. and for me that is one of the greatest compliments to be able to make - that the author made himself invisible, that he let his main character take the wheel and drive. he stayed out of the way and let the story tell itself. i can't say enough good things about that.
on the downside, if i took one microscopic point off the end of one of the five stars in this review, it would be that in my opinion there are too many characters out there named max. there. i said it.
To quote Dr. Saroyan (from Bones): "Lots of gore with a splash of social commentary."
.... except, reverse that, and add in a lot more swearing and you have the perfect description of Dark Sky (or, Max Bowman himself). Luckily for me, that social commentary fits pretty perfectly with the ongoing inner monologue inside my own head. Needless to say, I enjoyed Max's observations and indictments an awful lot. I would have preferred more of that, slightly less swearing (it just felt forced at times), and possibly smoother transitions between plot twists. But mostly, those are just personal preferences. This book was enjoyable as hell, and made me want to keep reading even AFTER I got off the train each day.
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