Raw Vengeance (The Rich Fordham Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The only downsize, as mentioned in previous reviews, is I would like to have the protagonist elaborated on and given some more background information. All in all, a fun, short read which gives insight into how the actions of those in power have an effect on others.
Raw Vengeance is a short read with a quick pace that follows Rich Fordham along with a collection of surrounding characters that feed the story itself. I liked the story as it is, but I would have loved it in a longer format so that I could have gotten more involved with the characters instead of getting only a quick feel for who they were. The author introduces a number of characters using well-known archetypes with a splash of color that he introduces to make them something a little different from the standard. If future books in the series are going to be succesful the characters will need more fleshing out, especially Rich, who is the nominal hero of the story.
The pace moves along at a decent page and keeps the reader guessing about exactly what is going on and what is going to happen, which makes the story an enjoyable page turner. However, there are some leaps that come out of left field and left me scratching my head. As nice as it is to be surprised when reading a thriller, it is much more enjoyable when the reader is able to look back and say, "ahhh, I wondered what all of that was about," and this story falls a bit short in that sense. Raw vengeance has a wealth of surprises, but a dearth of suspense.
If you're planning a lazy weekend of reading, then this is a great book to start with.
That being said, there was some great prose in this story! Some additional attention to editorial detail couldn't hurt because there were times when I was snapped back to reality right in the midst of great story telling; such as when a pronoun misled me (had to go back a few paragraphs in an action scene just to figure out who pulled the gun on whom). Even in the most polished mega-publishing-house offerings, modern works are suffering from a lack of solid editorial efforts so this isn't necessarily a knock on the author.
All in all, not a bad read. I might be interested in reading another in the series provided the characters and scenarios have room to grow without slowing down the pace (tough order to fill for even the best authors).