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Revenge: A Mick Murphy Mystery Paperback – June 30, 2011
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"I am not sorry about making love," she smiled and wiped tears from her eyes. "We should have made love in Boston," she smiled softly. "I am sorry you are involved in this mess. I didn't mean it to happen this way."
Before I could respond, the area around us lit up like sunrise and then a thunderous clamor, followed by a smothering heat with force so strong it knocked us to the ground, me on top of Michelle. It happened so fast, it didn't make any sense. My body ached again, before the heat and before we were on the ground. The cacophony hurt my ears, forced me to close my eyes, but the brightness stayed, there was no darkness with my eyes closed. As I fell, I was forced along, like a swimmer caught in a rip tide. I banged against things, trying to catch onto thin air to stop myself, to no avail. I hit something big, that wouldn't move and stopped with a thud.
Like a drowning victim, I didn't know which way was up. My vision was blurred, shadows danced all around me, playing tricks on my confused mind. Using my hands I felt the ground, I was facing it, and forced myself to turn and sit up. The pain was horrible, a hundred times worse than the beating. I had a strange ringing in my head that blocked out all other sound. Slowly, accepting the pain, I raised my hands to my eyes, rubbed them, and tried to focus on what was happening around me. My vision wasn't precise, but I could see Michelle, sitting across from me, her head buried between her knees.
"Michelle," I coughed, weakly. She didn't move. Blurry shadows danced around, forming weird shapes that confused me more. I couldn't get up, my legs would not obey the command. Fear hid my pain and I crawled toward Michelle. Then I saw the cause of the shadows, the source of all this, my scorched jeep.
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The plot is well-constructed, and while I anticipated the twists, I think that has more to do with my own background and experiences than with a flaw in the story, which works independently of the twists. The stakes get higher and the web more tangled as the book progresses, and my concern for Mick and other major characters, along with my desire to know how far Mick will go to help and protect the girl of his dreams, kept me turning the pages.
Protagonist Liam "Mad Mick" Murphy is an engaging character, a gonzo journalist who has traveled much of the globe and covered his share of conflict. He is somewhat world-weary, but neither jaded nor overly cynical. His introspection is often self-effacing yet always insightful. He has both friends--and enemies--at many different levels and in positions of varying authority.
Throughout the novel, Murphy is hopelessly under the spell of the exotic Michelle--a Filipino beauty who is the sister of a young man Mick had befriended briefly back in college. Moreover, she perfectly fits the image of what has long been his "fantasy love". When Michelle pleads for his help, Murphy ignores what might have been warning bells under different circumstances and wastes little time agreeing to come to her aid.
What Michelle draws Murphy into is a bizarre chain of shame and family honor threatening to culminate in savage revenge for past abuses. Murphy has contacts, Michelle insists, that can help her provide warnings to prevent this retaliation. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the warnings aren't going to be enough--and before it is done Murphy's choice to ignore those personal warning bells early on come back to haunt him when his involvement damn near costs him his own life!
Good writing, good protagonist, good book. Don't miss it.
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Entertainment. Great read, cannot wait to read, next book,starring mad Mick and friends.