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The Strategist: A Riveting Crime Thriller (Grisham/Sullivan Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00EZGEV6Y
- Publisher : Second Sight Publishing (September 2, 2013)
- Publication date : September 2, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3550 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 382 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0615871194
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,560 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Camille seeks to excise the demons of her past while simultaneously probing the circumstances of the latest trauma. As she relentlessly pursues the case, a cloud of evil conspirators gathers around her, leading to a dramatic confrontation in book's finale.
I rarely give five-star ratings, but with "The Strategist," first-time author John Hardy Bell has defied the odds and delivered the goods. Finely-described, three-dimensional characters, lucid descriptions of people and action, a plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very end, and protagonists possessing the right balance of strengths and failings all serve to move this page-turner along at a brisk pace. While the book certainly stands on its own merits, it also invites a sequel, which this reader would welcome.
The good guys were not quite as well developed. While Camille's father and Detective Sullivan hit the mark (I liked Sullivan's internal conflict between her instincts and how she should behave as a junior detective), Julia, did not seem rational at all and was very unbelievable, and Camille was simply annoying. This "tough-as-nails" former FBI agent was anything but that. She is described by others in very glowing terms but was just an incompetent, whiny, pity-party.
There were a few gaps in logic such as the reason for a project getting commissioned (why, when the outcome was pretty much already set?) Issues like this made me wonder, but they were not serious enough to ruin the book for me.
There were a few typos, but not enough to really detract from the story.
This book is not at the absolute top of the genre, but it was a pretty good effort from the author. I would certainly give the author another shot, especially if a sequel focused on Sullivan instead of Camille.
My only complaint is that sometimes there are excessive dialogue exchanges, especially in the first eight chapters before crises and actions take place. After that, I could not put it down. The characters are very realistic. The rascal cop who “intimidates people simply by the way he wears his badge”, the woman politician who answers every question by not answering the question … I especially like the way the devils are brought down - not by justice, but by the selfishness of their own people. That’s the sad reality!
I hope the author will keep producing good work like this!
Top reviews from other countries
Julia is murdered the following day but the culprit is traced quickly – or is he? Detective Sullivan is unconvinced that her partner, Detective Graham, has arrested the right man even though there is a star witness.
Pretty soon Camille is drawn into the investigation, but not on an official basis. She holds the key that will help provide a solution to the case and the truth behind the killing of her best friend, but there are serious complications…
The only downside to this book, in my opinion, are typos and the odd missing words here and there, which means you have to read a sentence twice at times to understand what is going on. Hence the four stars.
The story is gripping and otherwise well-written. There are murders and violence but there is nothing too graphic or overblown. The characters are well-described and feel real; the set-pieces are likewise brought to life with good use of adjectives and well thought out paragraphs. There are no gimmicks and the story holds up well because of the top-notch prose.
Hardy Bell said he took ten years to write this book! That seems one heck of a long time to me. If he is to be a successful author, he needs to speed up a bit – I'm not sure I can wait ten years for the next one!