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Ethan Justice: Origins (Ethan Justice - A Private Investigator Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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We get super clear pictures of the different locations in this book, something I generally appreciate, but in this case sometimes stopped the action cold. This wouldn't be a problem in a screen version because it'd be built into the set and wouldn't take much time to show. We also get a lot of insight into the minds of most of the characters. This is also something I normally like, but in a screen version, we could get flashes of this, possibly at different times than they are in the book to keep the action moving. I say that because with these kinds of stories, I want to know enough to follow along, but I like having delayed payoff and a bit of mystery to keep me glued to the story.
Overall this is populated with stock characters that appear often in these types of stories. I don't necessarily have an issue with that, particularly if the story is strong enough and the chemistry between the characters (especially if it's onscreen) clicks. Stock characters exist because they work - audiences understand and respond to them. I do think this author is talented and skilled enough to pull farther away from this than is done in this book.
In general the character arcs make sense. There is one exception to this, which brought me out of the story a bit. The journey from the character he was at the beginning to the character at the end is a generally familiar journey, but it is missing some motivation, at least to me, for this to happen at the time this story takes place. This was one of the only characters in the book that I needed a bit more time with than was provided to believe his arc.
Because we are often in the heads of the characters, there are some things we don't need. For example, if a character's motivation is illustrated to us, we don't later need an interaction in which the character explains his motivation according to what we already witnessed. I'd rather the motivation be possibly unclear at first and then have the explanatory interaction later as opposed to having both because this can unnecessarily slow the story down.
I enjoyed this book and have already talked with a few people and recommended it. I'm planning on continuing the series because I do want to know what happens next. I do hope the book gets picked up by film or tv and would definitely check that out. I did receive this at a free or discounted rate in exchange for my honest review.
As the title implies, Ethan Justice: Origins is a series starter. It doesn’t start out like a lot of crime fiction origins do – or at least any of the ones I read. Instead, it starts off with John trying to figure out how he bagged the gorgeous woman next to him. While he can’t remember, that is the least of his worries. He can’t pay her and she’s not happy about that fact. Outside of his apartment a pair of government agents are watching and commentating on the ‘action’ while they search for a lost weapon that one of the pair is attached to.
Things go steadily downhill from there. We won’t even get in to the problem with the nuclear powered devices running around or the surprising item you’ll find near police cruisers. It all makes the book more exciting.
The pacing in the story fits with most thrillers – it just keeps thrusting event after event at you in an attempt to make it feel like a story to never put down. For the most part, that pacing works. There are a few scenes that could have been sped up, but it does give the reader some breathing room. It works fairly well and when things really get going you won’t notice the pages turn.
John and Savannah are the primary characters and there is a lot to them. They are not simple characters and there are some interesting pieces that are played in to them to give them character. John, in particular, has an interesting sense of humor and of observation. He is also a distinguished liar and pulls off some of the best bamboozles I’ve read in a long time. Meanwhile Savannah is still trying to make things work in her mind with her family. There is a lot of fun to both characters and a surprising amount of depth – even if you ignore the fairly predictable. Yes, a number of the less essential characters are closer to sock puppets than full on characters but at least they are fun sock puppets.
On the whole, this is a good series. It is fun to read and the characters are well developed as is the setting and the plot. Grab this one while you can!
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Value: 5/5 (Free), 4/5 (Standard Listing)