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I needn't have worried. I was hooked from the first page.
Right from the opening pages, when Decker, (The Drill) thinks to himself "Lord save us from the terminally perky!" The author won me, and page after brilliant page lured me further in. The dark humor shouldn't be overlooked, it's essential and at times, no matter how brutal the scene I found myself smiling in appreciation for a line of dialogue or a characters brutally honest inner thought.
These characters are so finely drawn that their very souls are revealed, and we learn of the anger/passion and fears that drive them.
Decker is by far my favorite character, I can hear him, see him, and taste his need for revenge. Revenge is what drives him, it influences every decision he makes. He has a reputation to uphold as an enforcer, and he enjoys his work. Yet because the author has shown us insights into the innocent, carefree and hopeful young man, he once was, because she invites us in to experience the deep and abiding love he once shared with a beloved friend who was brutally raped, Decker is humanized and I for one was cheering him on towards the final resolution. The rapists must be punished, and it has taken Decker fifteen years to be prepared to do just that.
The author has allowed him to breathe on the page, and I found myself breathing right along with him, and actually holding my breath during some of the well-drawn scenes of extracting revenge.
The violence is part of the world he frequents, and it is a finely honed skill to write it with such a touch, that it is a seamless part of the whole. Necessary, and not added for shock value only.
The secondary characters are appealing as well, the author uses dialogue to great effect, and many of the secondary characters are revealed solely by what they say, and how they react to horrendous situations.
Rudy Valdez is pivotal to the story, being Decker's trusted and loyal friend, he has a lighter touch, but he's far from being a lightweight character. The amalgamation of his style and Decker's rocket the story forward.
And Charlene, loving Decker and wanting so much more than she can ever have with him.
Charlene's character is warm, sardonic and deeply insightful. The combination of all the central figures and the myriad of well-depicted hookers, junkies, dealers and others from the darkness of the streets are blended beautifully to make this book an absolute must read.
The second book in this series is Winter of The Drill. I will most certainly be looking for it to read. I have no hesitation in recommending this fast-paced wild ride to anyone that loves this genre, and those that want to experience it for perhaps the first time
I wanted to like this book. I really, really, really did. The writing and editing are good, the premise is interesting, and it's exactly the kind of story that normally hooks me from page one. I tried to read this book several times, putting it down thinking maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it and then picking it up again later hoping to find it as engrossing as it promised to be. But no matter what I tried, I just couldn't get into the story and finally had to just force myself to finish the book. The characters fell flat for me, with most of their stories being withheld until later in the book. Maybe this is just a style I'm unable to appreciate, and I do realize the author was trying to build suspense, but without the back story to make them sympathetic from the beginning, I just didn't care what happened to them. By the time I had enough information about the characters to begin to care about the story in the book, I had already lost interest in it.
I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but I just can't. But again, maybe this is just a matter of a style that others like but that doesn't appeal to me. If you like suspense thrillers and have the patience for stories with a slow build, you might enjoy this one.
Those are the words I can find to describe this very powerful writing. I had to stop a couple of times to check on the name of the author to make sure that this was a woman writing so powerfully about a world that is dominated by men, men like Decker and Rudy.
The author had the control of the English language that is so exquisite, with some expressions that can only be dreamt by many writers, and used with such perfection, that I have taken notes.
Charlene is a woman I admire. Her steadfastness, her faith, and her strength is what the world they lived in is required for a woman to survive it, and she survived it.
I started off hating Decker, and all those like him who use brut power to cow everyone else around them, but then, in the end I was rooting for him. I wanted him to win, and I wanted both men, Decker and Rudy to survive and continue their policing, their defense of the weak, especially women. This is an extraordinary read, and as I said, I took notes. Brava.
I could only give it four stars because the story seemed to drag on with too many explicit and erotic sex scenes involving almost every character. Less description can go a long way rather than word for word.
Well edited and the author has a definitely strong style of writing.
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