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- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: VB Publishing; 1 edition (September 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FAQP7OS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The character of Dr. Vigilante is well drawn at the start, but starts to dissipate a bit under the constant barrage of "be nice to them and feel sorry for them" coming from the female social worker, Sharon. While Dr. Vigilante has a strong background drawn pretty decent character development, Sharon does not. Sharon is a one trick pony, all soft sobs and upset about the criminals being brought to tough justice. BTW, I am using the name Dr. Vigilante here instead of the character's actual name in case some people don't identify the character quite as quickly as I did.
Don't waste your time reading this book. It's greatest use to me was that I could read a few pages, realize nothing was going to happen, and fall quickly asleep. I plan to request a refund on this book, though Amazon has been refusing to do online refunds and requiring me to waste time calling instead.
The plot, however, was extremely jumpy. After every few chapters it seemed like we were jumping weeks or months into the future, which is ok on occasion, but I think it was overdone in thia story. The dialogue between Robert & Sharon came off as clunky and superficial at times, like the author was trying to show the conflict of their ideals, but in a very canned way. Frankly, I also had a really hard time liking Robert, even though he was so convinced he was in the right, I just couldn't be convinced that he was right. (Spoilers ahead)
And despite the fact that he claimed Sharon had changed his views, there was nothing in his behavior that suggested that. He still basically just did what he wanted in the end. They also had the same philosophical conversation multiple times, where it felt like the dialogue from earlier was just being repeated.
The Neo-Nazi plotline could have been much better developed as well, it had such great potential, but it wasn't delved into quite as much as I would've liked. The bad guys were also quite one dimensional and I had a hard time imagining that them switching so rapidly between sniveling about their families to kicking Robert's ass, which they did on multiple occasions.
Basically to sum it up: I wanted less philosophical back and forth and more butt-kicking.
Initially I expected to have a negative opinion of Sharon – thought she would be one of those dangerously naive “do-gooders” who refuses to acknowledge that there is evil. However, although she had a strong sense of right and wrong, she could understand why Robert did the things he did.
The ending of the book was a major let down for me until I found out that this book is the first of a three-book series. I would recommend Dr. Vigilanti and liked it enough to purchase the other two books in the series.
This was page-turner from the beginning, and I finished it in one day. We see the tortured man who has all the skills, to both save lives and kill, as he struggles to help the victims and destroy the evil. There is little plot, as he merely goes after those men who abuse their wives and children. But halfway into the book neo-Nazis become the central target for his fight and causes him the most grief. They discover his social worker girlfriend and target her to get to him. This is not a story based on plot, but characters, and lots of action. Highly recommended for the action lover.
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We are given a glimpse of the childhood of the rogue doctor by means of a superficial description of the scars he bears on his body suggesting deeper psychological scars within but this, could be illuminating, alley was not really explored. In fact there was no real discussion about the rule of law, crime and punishment although there was a perfect platform for the debate that never happened. Even more disappointingly the tale which had gone nowhere really just stopped with no real conclusion. I was surprised to see sequels to this book as I did not see any hooks of more to come in the non ending. I for one will not be reading any more
Of course we want to be civilized, we expect law, justice and treatment or therapy to reform, murderers, rapists and abusers.
Psychopaths who enjoy violence, domination and instilling fear are often not caught and are never likely candidates for successful rehabilitation.
The world might be a better place if Robert McKenzie sought out the child abusers, rapists, thugs and I would like animal abusers removed too.
Entertaining and fictional story, but it does pose the question of whether a vigilante is no better than those degenerates that are hunted down.
The most convincing scenes were those that took place in the hospital- though this is to be expected as the author attended medical school and specialises in emergency medicine. There was also a love interest to the story which provided an enjoyable interlude between the violent goings-on. The fight scenes and the depictions of torture were, I thought, somewhat laboured and forced - so the author loses points from me on that score.
The strange thing is though, I was still intrigued by this character. In a perverse way, I did want him to catch up with the bad guys, I did want his relationship to work and I did want him to come safely through the situations he found himself in. So, I didn't get bored with this novel and easily stayed with it until the end. To sum up, it's nothing brilliant but eh, it's not bad either....
There is a pervasive theme of the debate between the vigilante - if I kill one of them it saves a hundred from rape and worse - and the idealistic social worker - do not return evil for evil, and trust the system; but it never explores the moral and philosophical implications.
So read it for the thrills as a day's escapism, and move on.
It was hard to put the book down. It was really interesting.