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The Killer Trees (Richard Paladin Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I'll be watching for the next. Write faster, David!
The Killer Trees is a frightening excursion into American politics, corporate greed, and subterfuge, written with such ease and authority as to make it seem uncomfortably real. The characters are strong, with individual personalities and nuances. And while I would expect a man in Richard Paladin's profession to maintain a certain cold arrogance and indifference in his personality, this man seemed almost too much so, nearly robotic much of the time. I could feel no connection to the character at all which could hardly entice me to care one way or the other about him or the dilemmas he faced. Also, in my opinion, the back-story and haunted elements of the forest could have been handled more efficiently as to make the spectral components appear more natural.
With a little more plot manipulation and a more human protagonist, this could have been edge-of-the-seat suspense. Unfortunately it just fell a little short. But still, an entertaining read.
Manuel's depiction of rural Oregon is pretty darn close, except that it's easier to get Budweiser and Miller's here than he says. All the gun details seem authentic, but I'll have to take his word for that. I liked the paranormal (or pseudo-paranormal?) plot line. And I appreciate that the case's loose-ends were tied up, leaving readers with a satisfying ending and a hint of more to follow.
And that is apparently exactly what David Manuel has done. His first and second books allowed him the opportunity to finely hone his skills as an author, and allowed him to create a true masterpiece as his third novel, The Killer Trees.
Manuel excels in character development, and as you begin to read The Killer Trees you feel reunited with old friends as EPA Hit-Man Richard Paladin presents himself along with other beautifully scripted characters.
The Killer Trees is the kind of book I love to read: It grabs your attention right from the first page and keeps you interested to the last page. As always, Manuel doesn't disappoint, mixing in priceless social commentary, and of course laying on the cynicism (I am not sure if I should have typed "Cynicism", or "Realism") thick in terms of Government Corruption.
Another excellent volume in the Richard Paladin Series by newcomer David Manuel. Keep up the good work David, we need more great authors out there!