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This is not your typical police detective novel; Norris' career and life come through. It's obvious that he knows what he is writing about, and it puts you in the story. His character development is dead on. George knows what he is doing here.
The one shock I learned after finishing this was that George wrote this originally back in 1994 and could not get this published until he did it himself. Let me stress this: this book is one of the BEST examples of how a publishing company can drop the ball on a great novel and how a self-published book can be one of the finest works you will ever read.
Bravo, George! You deserve praise for this book.
Finally, I want to say this: I do not know Mr. Norris personally. Like many self-published authors, we met through a Facebook group where some authors will "trade" reviews (you buy my book and review and I'll do the same for you). So I purchased this book in a promise to read it and honestly critique it (which I have now done). Also, I am posting this review prior to George reviewing mine. And I am happy to post this review regardless of whether or not Mr. Norris reviews my book or gives it a bad review. I am only stating this part so as to show that this is truly an unbiased review. I feel this is important here because I truly enjoyed Exceptional Merit and wish for others to give this book a try. You will NOT be disappointed!
Exceptional Merit is engaging, well-written and filled with suspense and twists and turns to keep you turning the page. This would make a great movie!
A highly-decorated police officer of the NYPD Terrorist Task Force is Lieutenant James Keegan. He's had many high profile cases. He's the best. But Jimmy is also involved with the Irish Replublican Army. When his separate lives meet...he has to decide who he is loyal to...
This author is as well - a highly-decorated officer for his years at NYPD. Who better to write a truly-exceptional read like this?
I enjoyed immensely! Definite "Merit" given...highly recommend this read.
In true "page turner" tradition, the plot line develops in such a way that the reader really can't see the next move coming. I finished the book in two days because I was engrossed in it and had to see where it was going.
But what I appreciated most about this book was the way Norris developed his characters. So much writing in this (and other) genres relies too much on a simple "good guys versus bad guys" pattern that leaves the reader flat. Not this one! Every character is depicted as a complicated human being with conflicting loyalties who makes choices in the midst of moral and ethical complexity. The lines between good and evil and right and wrong are not simple at all - as is the case in real life. That's what made this book "work" for me.
In an imperfect world, we make our choices and live with them - as do these unforgettable characters.
There is a lot of conflicting emotions and loyalties making an intense drama - This is a compelling read. It is full of surprises and suspense - angst galore.
I read in the acknowledgements that this novel was nearly two decades in the making. Kudos to Mr. Norris for seeing it through. The work was definitely worthwhile!
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