- File Size: 520 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (June 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HPPZG0Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The backstory is fairly well developed. Mo and Birdie met on a troopship carrying them to Europe during WWII and fought the war together. Mo's reminiscences about his father help make sense of their relationship.
The setting contributes nicely to the storyline. The author's assertion that Toronto's Chinatown has the largest Chinese population outside Asia and his description of Don Jail help ground the story and make the events that unfold seem, if not inevitable, then more believable.
The grammar and diction are smooth and flowing. This is important for me, so much so that I would have given a 3.5 star rating if I could have.
If there are so many good elements to the novel, if I enjoyed the read, and I heartily recommend it, then why just three stars? Though well written and interestingly plotted, some of the elements are too predictable or neat. Mo's father Jake is rather predictable and his brother Eli is a cardboard cutout. The prison riot in which Mo's father escapes is too neat, and as soon as it starts, you know why it is happening. Except for the times Mo is ambushed, he (or he and Birdie) prevails just a bit too handily during their physical confrontations. The riot is a glaring example of this. The book is a page-turner through the climax, but the final three chapters are devoted to oh-so-neatly tying up ALL the loose ends. Everything was so neatly put away, it was difficult to guess whether there'll be a second Mo Gold and Birdie offering.
The author's notes imply this is a first novel. If so, it is a fine first book and I look forward to another. "Looking for Henry Turner" is a good read. It is somewhat flawed, but in this first offering the for-the-most-part well done characters, storyline and setting outweigh the flaws.
It was the little things. Chapter 40 saw Mo and Birdie in stressful situation with bad guys and guns. Then Chapter 41 gives us a respite, while Mo, and Birdie grab a bite. The two sit down for a moment and unwind, while we are treated to a colorful description of how they order and their breakfast being whipped up. I was IN the diner with them.