- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151718844X
- ISBN-13: 978-1517188443
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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Out of the Chaos Paperback – September 2, 2015
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About the Author
About the Author I have always allowed my imagination to have free reign. It has allowed me to write in a way that I enjoy. I simply sit in front of my computer, today, or with a paper and pen when I was younger, (And no not a quill pen) and let the words flow out to tell whatever story my imagination has created. I never know until I start writing what form it will take. It may come out as a rant, (and go nowhere) or as a blog, a poem, a short story, of a full length book or books. Yes I did say poetry, and I know a couple of English teachers where I went to high school that, either just rolled over in their grave, or fainted. English, as far as writing goes, with all of it rules regarding; verbs, adverbs, dangling participial, nouns, prepositions etc. made about as much sense to me at Latin I did. (All 3 times I took it.) And according to my editor, it still doesn’t. (Bill Murray recently tweeted “I don’t have bad hand writing. I have my own Font”). I love that line, and it ties in very nicely with my own philosophy. “Let your participial’s dangle. Set your imagination free.” I was fortunate to learn that writing was an effective form of therapy for me. It allowed me to make it through those last few years of my career. When I was ready to retire, but the rules said I was not old enough to do so. I have continued my therapy since I retired, and in the last ten years I have written and published over twenty novels, and or short stories under two different pen-names. After reading a line, that basically said, (if you wrote it and are proud of it, put your name on it.} I have made the decision to publish my new works under my own name. Richard Nurse
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First-person has never been my taste, but that is a matter of personal preference. As personal as first-person may seem, I think it takes away from getting a good read on the main character because I rather have the opinions of the outside world, and how they interact with it define the character. For me, first person should be relegated to autobiographies. However, I like the fact the author took a chance with a story like this, and with a female perspective.
There is a good bit of action in the story, and the author is well versed in police procedurals. However, I think a female cop taking off a bra to help conceal a wound and then the officer saying “If I survive this, I’d like to see where it will lead…”after he has been shot is a bit unlikely, campy, and gratuitous. Then there are thoughts about having a romantic relationship with her partner after an intense gun battle scene. I don’t think that would be the first thing on a person’s mind in a situation like this.
The plot is well-paced and engaging. The dialogue is mostly frat house humor and partner zings. Don’t get me wrong, it’s enjoyable, but it is sometimes in conflict with the romance and action.
The sentence structure is often choppy. Example: "We were greeted with the sight of a row of bodies, arraigned so that they were protected from both falling water, and/or debris from the fire, under the facade of what had been the major movie house in the city years ago.” or “I looked at Chuckie, and with a smile, not really fitting facial expression for the sight that lay before us, but ten years in homicide, tends to harden us to situations like this.” This took away from the story itself. I felt that the story was overloaded with commas.
The ending is satisfying. It was a fast read, and straight to the point. With a bit of editing, and some realistic outcomes, it could be a good story. Solid read.
The story is told from the point of view of the female detective, who after saving the shooting victim from certain death, proceeds to fall in love with him. The rest of the story is about their developing relationship and the pursuit of the perpetrator.
The characters seemed very well-mannered and sometimes felt too good to be true, especially Dave’s daughter, Julie. The writing has a lot of commas where you wouldn’t expect to find them, and the tenses sometimes go from present to past in the course of a sentence, which I found confusing.
However, those gripes aside I found the story to be uplifting; it was a good example of taking the positives out of a frightening ordeal, and ending on a high note. Just needs a bit more editing.
All of this distracted from the actual plot, which wasn't really that good either, especially combined with the idea of these two people, who barely knew each other before the events of this book, falling in love over the course of 5 or so days.
So much of this book was implausible and illogical. For instance, early in the book, Charlie removes her bra to use it as a tourniquet, and later flashes an ambulance full of people when she "forgets" that she's not wearing a bra and didn't button her shirt under her bulleproof vest, and this is greeted by several inappropriate, unprofessional, and downright disrespectful comments by her male colleagues, which Charlie just laughs off, something I find completely unrealistic, given both the nature of the scene and Charlie's position as a woman in a male-dominated field.
The relationship between Charlie and Julie, the 16-year-old daughter of the man Charlie is apparently falling in love with, was completely unrealistic, with Julie calling Charlie "Mom" a mere couple of days after meeting the woman, and also bordered on inappropriate, with several unnecessary, and oversexualized, physical descriptions of Julie through the eyes of an almost-40-year-old woman. There's also a scene late in the book where Julie goes on a date with her father's 22-year-old female nurse, and it's implied they had sex, which I'm pretty sure constitutes as statutory rape no matter what state you're in, something which her police officer father doesn't seem to have a problem with.
I cringed most of the way through this book, and would not recommend it to anyone.