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Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel Paperback – February 11, 2011
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About the Author
Mark Young is a former police officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department in California for twenty-six years; an award-winning journalist; and a Vietnam combat veteran. He served with several law enforcement task force operations, including the presidential Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting major drug traffickers, and the federal Organized Crime Task Force charged with identifying and prosecuting prison gang leaders. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.
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The story itself was engaging enough - it just felt too clumsy in places. I had hoped that the author might have brought a bit of insight into the Nez Perce angle of the book, but he seemed to go out of his way to actually avoid doing that. Frank and Jessie were the only two major characters who were tribal members. But Frank was a Christian - complete with a bit of proselytizing that I certainly could have done without - and Jessie didn't bring any insights of her Native American heritage into the book, either. So, the story was set on the reservation but had no real connection to the reservation or its people. I didn't get the sense that Travis was a former star detective, as he seemed to keep missing the obvious again and again in this story. Other than a few people getting killed, this was a g-rated book. I would have liked to see Travis and Jessie's relationship deepen enough to warrant at least a peck on the cheek!
On the bright side, the book was had only a very few distracting typo's, so I did manage to finish it. However, I doubt that I would read anything more by this author. I gave it 3 stars.
Travis Mays was such a solid character. There were a lot of characters in this novel but not in a confusing way. Even though Jessie and Travis's blossoming relationship fueled the killer it did not overwhelm the story. Travis's dog, Sam, was such an added delight to the story and somewhat of a hero. Our mystery character, Creasy, was no doubt the bad guy but also pure evil. The character that stood out to me the most was the Idaho countryside and terrain. Young made the mountains and the river as much a part of the novel as the humans. He described the scenery so vividly that you really felt as if you were there.
This story was very balanced and well written. There were a lot of twists and turns and just when you thought you had the killer figured out there was more. The story never felt unrealistic even though it was full of high energy "Law & Order" type police stuff. There were points where this story got so exhilarating that you had to keep reading. Towards the end I began to feel as if Young was dragging the story out when it could have ended 100pgs earlier. Revenge is one of those hidden jewels that I'm glad found me.
Source: author provided e-book
This is quite an entertaining little suspense/thriller, full of twists and turns. I kept thinking I had figured out who it was, then kept being shown the error of my own thought processes - that kept me guessing! This author provides sufficient character and plot development to keep the story fresh and interesting, without allowing it to be bogged down with excessive details. A good, solid tale of psychological suspense, murder and intrigue.
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Suspense all the through it Mark Young is a great author.
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