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Mercenary Blues Paperback – June 24, 2013
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About the Author
Erik A. Dewey was born in St. Petersburg Florida and lived there about two weeks before being whisked off to the coast of Maine. He spent some time living in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before leaving New England to live in Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in Marketing and from Southern Nazarene University with an MBA. The first publication of his work was in Hilti Today, a magazine from where his father worked, at the early age of 10. He continued to write off and on and began submitting his work for publication during college. He has written or contributed to ten books, twenty magazine articles, and is a popular reviewer of games. He is particularly fond of the work he did for the Star Wars line of games. Some of his books have sold internationally and he occasionally gets fan mail from across the globe. He met his beautiful and talented wife at a court-ordered Defensive Driving class and has a precious daughter and a beloved son. He has a closet full of board games (most of them in English) and loves nothing more than to invite company over for an evening of dinner and game play.
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The first chapter will draw you in as Emma is in the process of taking out what appears to be a rogue general attempting to form a coup and take down the existing government of Santa Castillo. I will admit, I was quite engrossed in the action. I was thinking this is going to be a modern day female, “James Bond,” story. Throw in the current government’s corruption, a competing illicit corporation which enjoys playing both sides of the fence and you have a wonderful premise. And then, I kept reading.
I applaud any author who ventures out and cranks out a compelling story, but, when I keep coming across the same misspelled words, poor phrasing, character confusing, missing punctuation, unbelievable action scenes, unnecessary name tags and tense issues, I spend more time looking for them then enjoying the read. That is a crime. In this work I came across thirty-six unique issues.
1) blonde is for female, blond is for male. Several times the gender of the word was mixed. Stick with one.
2) Name tags. One too many times, a he, her, she or him would have sufficed instead of using their proper names all the time. Gummed up the works
3) Misspelling—“reaching up to pull of the gag.” How does one pull of the gag? Believe it should be… “off the gag.” There are many other errors like this one
4) My biggest issue is when, towards the last quarter of the book, the characters Drew and Parker and in a furious firefight. At first I was enthralled in the action until I remembered Drew was in a sling from a gunshot wound he’d received earlier. Even Bond wouldn’t have been able to make this one work.
With that said, this a great tale with many unexpected twists and turns, but until it has another good going over, it’s only a three star work. I hope Mr. Dewey, if he already hasn’t, will sit down and give it another good going-over.
This book kind of reminded me of the old A-Team TV show. Good characters with quite a bit of action. I am looking forward to seeing how the series continues.
It's an over-the-top logic. But then again, it's an over-the-top situation. Though Emma is a seasoned mercenary, she has only recently launched her own business and it would hurt her reputation if she doesn't get paid. And it isn't like she can sue. Her only option is to force President Vega's hand. And that is what she sets out to do. Emma is a fun character, and you'll want to read to the end to find out if she get's her money or just gets herself killed.
The big problems I had with the story was sporadic head jumping to provide data dumps and peculiar leaps of logic from both Emma and her enemies. For example, in the opening scene, Emma sneaks into a room with a soldier sitting at a desk. The author head jumps to the soldier, who we learn from his thoughts assumes Emma must be a prostitute hired by the General to service the men. Now why the soldier would think a woman dressed in black 5.11 TDU pants, a rapid assault shirt, and combat boots (and carrying a P-90 submachine gun) was a prostitute is beyond me. It's a weird leap of logic that breaks the continuity of the scene. The scene would have been much better if the author had simply avoided the head jump at all and just let Emma charge the guy without being privy to his illogical thought process.
Later, Emma and her partner are looking for a place to set up a base of operations and decide to use one of the President's many homes, based solely on the unsubstantiated conclusion that nobody uses the house and there is a cleaning crew there for only a few hours a month. This might have made sense if Emma had previously staked the house out for weeks in the event they needed an emergency place to lay low. But there was no advanced thought in this. Instead, they just picked a house, determined who the owner was, and made a conclusion based on limited evidence.
Mercenary Blues is a fun book despite these issues, however. There is a strong tongue-in-cheek tone throughout the narrative that makes the logical lapses acceptable even when they aren't plausible.