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Jake Fonko M.I.A. Kindle Edition
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The author’s writing style reminded me of another great writer whose name, John Steinbeck, my aging memory finally brought to mind. Read the book; you will not be disappointed. Why is it that today's writers cannot leave the reader's imagination to fill in such scenes for himself or herself instead of beating them over the head with the gory details. A story that engages the reader's imagination is so much more fun to read, don't you agree?
Filled with twists and turns, I found myself wondering "how will he get out of *this*?" more times than I could count.
As an added bonus, I learned a bit about 1970s political history.
And the badass young woman who features for much of the book isn't even objectified too badly. Big score on that front.
Being a 40-something female with no military interest, this is not something I'd normally gravitate towards. Not that those of my demographic couldn't be interested in this genre, just that I'm generally not. But it turned up as a free selection (it still is at the time of this writing) and something about it caught my attention, so I decided to give it a try. Really glad I did. It pulled me in and kept me page-turning all the way to the end. It's one of the best books I've read in awhile, and that's saying something, as I read a lot.
One of my big complaints about books I don't like is poor writing, which I'm finding unfortunately common lately. There's that whole "willing suspension of disbelief" agreement between author and reader, but so often I find that illogical scenes, awkward segues, and stilted dialog constantly pull me out of that zone ... kind of like texting while walking, then walking into a light pole. (not that I've done that ... but I've seen videos online).
That never happened once with this book. It is extremely well-written, and kept me interested enough that I had trouble putting it down, and when I had to, looked forward with anticipation to being able to get back to it. All the characters were well constructed and interesting - main ones, peripheral ones, all of them. The plot was engaging and constantly delighting me with little surprises - and all the way to the end, it didn't fall apart in the 'wrap-up' as I've seen many books do.
In fact, as soon as I finished it, I immediately went and bought the next book, "Jake Fonko: On The Carpet", because I knew I would enjoy another installment from this author.
Well, I hope that's useful, I'm never sure how to explain "why" I like a book. But I'd say take a chance on this one, it's well worth it.