- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Pelican Book Group (September 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611161878
- ISBN-13: 978-1611161878
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,864,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deadly Additive Paperback – September 7, 2012
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No amount of money can entice soldier of fortune Jeb Sledge to rescue the young women. The hyper-responsible soldier of fortune who must right the wrongs in this world was the Old Sledge. He is determine to become the more relaxed New Sledge. This idea of the Old Sledge and the New Sledge confronting each other is a theme running through DEADLY ADDITIVE.
When Spinner dangles the name Diego Contreras as bait, Sledge bites. In the not so distant past Contreras and his men killed Alita, a young Colombian woman from a notable family Sledge had fallen in love with. Her entire family was killed in the attack and Sledge was severely wounded. However, in his gut, Sledge knows Spinner, the master manipulator is keeping something from him.
Sledge is assisted by Roger Brinkman, a retired CIA operative, now running his own private ‘information service’ which doesn’t have the constraints of a US government agency. Brinkman puts Sledge onto the quirky Ramirez family who offer their special services. The entire family speaks in malapropisms which adds a touch of humor in just the right places. Two of my favs are: “It’s time to wake up and smell the coffins” and “That I must take with a fifth of amendments.”
Few male writers can write about the internal drama going on inside a woman who has been sexually threatened or abused. Donn Taylor does this extremely well by not intensely highlighting it (as many authors are inclined to do). He simply states it. We, the reader, understand what the character is going through.
The inspirational element is authentic and organic to the story as Jeb and Kristin, having confronted abject evil, try to figure out if anything has a greater meaning. This is an edge of your seat, page turning story.
I enjoyed the mystery of figuring out what and who killed the smaller group of indigenous people in the jungles of Columbia and following the tangle of clues to discover the goal of the villains. But the best part for me was the humor thrown into the mix. A Columbian father and son duo who provide assistance for Sledge in Columbia toss out proverbial malapropisms that had me laughing out loud more than once. And when the son exacts retribution for "impolite" treatment at the hands of the villains, it only adds more humor to a deadly serious pursuit.
Donn and I met years ago when he was writing lovely lines of poetry, so I wondered how this quiet, mild-mannered, poetic genius could write about a soldier-of-fortune, drug smugglers, romance, and a believable woman's POV, without sounding cliché flowery. But I realized that Donn, who taught English literature and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, is like a chameleon that can switch skin on cue.
ADDITIVE is not only a fast paced thriller, filled with twists and turns, believable characters, humor, and a hero and heroine we root for as they try to outwit the bad guys, but it is multi-layered with Sledge coming to terms with his Christian beliefs and his own imperfections.
One of the most difficult accomplishments for a writer is to keep the story moving, with the middle being the most complicated task. Donn does this flawlessly as each chapter ending makes us want to know what happens next. Regarding the woman's POV, I kept forgetting a male was writing it because it was right on target.
ADDITIVE is an inspirational, action and character driven story that I would recommend to anyone who likes a good military thriller that a layman can understand, and one written in refined language that will satisfy the most timid.
He mixes switched identities, loathsome bad guys, and an appealing hero and heroine into a hard-to-put-down novel. The action ranges from the tropics to the northern United States, and in every case his descriptions make you feel you're part of the story.
One extra feature that I particularly enjoyed was the inclusion of a family who mangle the English language with malapropisms. I remembered Taylor's humor from his previous book, Rhapsody in Red, and was glad to see it surface again in Deadly Additive.
If you're looking for an enjoyable read over these dark winter nights, I recommend Deadly Additive. The tropical scenes will help you forget the cold.