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Serenity (The Shelby Alexander Thriller Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 12, 2016
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As much as I enjoyed this novel, I am looking forward to the next, so some of those characters can be brought into better focus.
Mr. Hart has managed to create a protagonist which resonates with anyone in his age bracket and a little more. The baggage one collects through life is well documented without dragging down the fast pace of the novel.
This author is one to keep an eye on.
I discovered Hart because I subscribe to Jeri Walker’s blog; take a gander at the author interview here. jeriwb com
Intrigued, I popped onto his website and checked out his mysteries.
Note: Just my personal preference that I’m not a fan of the usage of the f-word. I put up with in Sandford and Connelly because I’ve read them for decades, but I think too many authors rely on that word when others would do without jarring me.
From the start, you get an engaging view of Shelby Alexander, who he is and who he might have been before. Events are soundly set in motion when Jenny, a well-known local, dies in his kitchen and her drug-dealing family comes to call.
The introduction of characters is smooth and they’re easy to track. I don’t care much for stories with drugs as a centerpiece, but even a drug dealer can have his moments.
I enjoyed Carly, bartender and more to Shelby. Sometimes a character such as her could come across as a generality and predictable prop. You’ll be pleased to read about her and discover an interesting depth.
Shelby’s friend, Mack, is a good addition to the story, adding both back story and fresh perspective.
The story moves along with a balance between action and dialogue. There are multiple red herrings and you may/may not be able to figure out who’s the culprit.
I enjoyed the first in this series so much that I just dumped book two, Serenity Stalked, into my Kindle.
I really thought it would have been a kick in the pants to have had Carly step in at the climax and rescue the fellows. She’s just that kind of gal.
This is my honest review, as posted on Audible.com
Would you listen to Serenity again? Why?
I believe I would. The characters, the story and the narration made for a very pleasant "read".
What did you like best about this story?
The story itself was good. But the way the characters were done was great and Mr Alexander simply rocked.
Which character – as performed by Theo Holland – was your favorite?
Hard to choose one. Theo Holland did a wonderful job with each and everyone of the characters. They came alive.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I wouldn't say my reaction was extreme, but this book had me smiling more than once.
Any additional comments?
I didn't want it to end.
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Love the main characters. I read it in a day. Does the author