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Fallen Palm: A Jesse McDermitt Novel (Caribbean Adventure Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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First, the good. The book was pretty well written by a man who obviously knows the area wherein the story takes place. Confusing at times to non-boat-savvy people, but otherwise pretty well written.
Now, the bad. First of all, DHS is (are) not the good guys. If they were, however, I do not see why they would want McDermitt. If you read the book, you'll see what I mean. And then the ending. Perhaps it's just a personal thing, but I hate the ending. I understand it - tidy up loose ends to make way for a sequel - but the reason makes me like it even less. There are other things about the story that I did not like, but I would have gotten beyond them, except for the ending.
Update: While reading another book, I remembered something that I really liked about this one. The sex was not the in your face, blow by blow description sort of thing, but more the subtle From Here to Eternity sort, and I really appreciated that. If I wanted smut, I would know where to look, but I didn't, so I say well done on this.
Update: Dec 14, 2015 - I read another, then another, and, before I knew it, I had read them all. I like Jesse and what he stands for. I also like the settings and characters around him. For me, these are good, interesting reads, and I will probably read any future books in the series. The writing has progressed to what I would call very, very good. Recommended. I still only give this book 3 stars for the reasons stated above, but, if I could, I would give the series 5 stars. When I can, I will go and rate each book in order.
This was the first Jesse McDermitt novel in the series that I read and I enjoyed it. My disposable income for book purchases has been very limited for a couple of years so I appreciate it a lot when authors offer a book free, which is how I came by this one. I immediately wanted to read the others but it was not possible. I've read a couple more, including the prequel, as Wayne has offered them free. Again, my thanks. Fallen Palm made me want to visit the Keys, something I never wanted, as I am somewhat afraid of deep water and that Seven Mile Bridge was daunting to me. Jesse is a likable character, with human flaws as we all have. His first wife did not behave well, to say the least, but he deals with it. I liked his serendipitous visit to his friend and the new career that came of it. I didn't like what happened to his second wife, but in fiction as in real life, bad, bad stuff happens. And the perpetrators don't always get their just deserts. I do recommend this book and the rest of the series.
I'd like to add, the readers who trashed this book would do well to re-read and edit their reviews. Misspelled words and bad grammar do not give me a lot of confidence in what someone is trying to say.
After retiring from the Marine Corps 6 years earlier Jesse McDermitt has made his home on a remote Island in the Florida Keys, where he runs a fishing charter boat. When Alex, the woman he loves, returns to the Keys to live there Jesse decides now might be the time to finally leave his past behind and begin a new life with her. When his old friend Russ dies in an unlikely scuba diving mishap, Jesse wonders if it was accidental. When he and Russ’ son Deuce subsequently discover that Russ was murdered, Jesse feels compelled to track down the killer.
However Jesse doesn’t count on being caught up in the hunt for a terrorist cell as a consequence of being forced to join a special ops team within a secret government agency. A quest which inadvertently endangers the woman he loves and begs the question: Will Jess be able save the day?
The author is clearly familiar with the Florida Keys and has really captured its atmosphere well. The scenes are vividly detailed which makes you feel like you are actually there. I really like the fact that although the hero saves the day, he’s not invincible and that his actions have consequences. This vulnerability made the character more human, the story that much more realistic and sets the book apart from a lot of other adventure stories.
Overall a great action and adventure novel set in interesting surroundings that fans of the genre won’t want to miss.