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Serenity (The Shelby Alexander Thriller Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 12, 2016
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The mystery starts out pretty early in the book, which is an excellent ‘claw’ as I like to call it. It grabs me in and hooks me until the very end! I had a suspicion who “the bad guy” was, and I was right. HOWEVER, I definitely didn’t expect the rest of the story to play out like it did. I cannot wait to read Book 2!
I highly recommend this for anyone into thriller mysteries like myself!
Obviously, Craig A. Hart has mixed in all the ingredients for a fun thriller, and fortunately for us readers, the recipe is on par with Great-Grandma Ledbetter's deep-fat-fried chocolate chip cookie dough: an indulgent thrill ride of the senses. Somehow, despite the broken lives and violence, Mr. Hart has managed to inject a consistent note of hope into his story, so it doesn't end up weighed down by all the misery and instead comes across as surprisingly upbeat. I appreciated that.
I'll try not to spoil the plot or any twists. Shelby Alexander, our hero, shacks up with a girl his daughter's age—but that's not why he's our hero. He's our hero because he's a tough fighter, and when the mentally handicapped daughter of the local thug family dies in his arms, he's inclined to look into her death rather than mind his own business. This gets him in trouble with the thugs, and the sheriff, and more thugs, and his daughter, and his sobriety. But then some people aren't what they seem, and the fighting / shooting starts.
"Serenity" contains a few memorable characters beyond Shelby Alexander, fast-moving action, a satisfying resolution, and an unexpected cliffhanger (plus a few loose ends) that make me want to read the sequel. Highly recommended reading for trains, planes, and lawn chairs.
One final note: there's a touch too much coarse language for my taste. I'm used to characters swearing in thrillers, especially bad guys, but for the narrator to e.g. use a four-letter verb to describe the sexual act felt jarring.