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Terminal Rock Paperback – April 9, 2013
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Yet again, Will Dresser did not disappoint!! The intense description that has become his trademark in the Wes Franklin novels continues throughout this compelling story. I had to google some of the items Will describes, such as Clive Christian's Imperial Majesty perfume (the most expensive perfume in the world) and Louis Moinet's Astralis watch (made with real moonstone), just to make sure they were real!
The twists and turns in this story kept me constantly guessing. As the saying goes in this series, "The truth never happens in real time," and so, of course, the resolution to the story took me completely by surprise, which is nice. I hate it when I figure out whodunnit in the first chapter, don't you?
Wes and A.J.'s relationship is continuing to evolve. I loved this line in the book:
He stood watching her for a moment filled with too much emotion to express. He walked slowly over to her, and when she looked up at him and smiled, he bent down and kissed her tenderly on the lips, not with passion but with a deep feeling of love for who she was and what she had brought to his life.
Awwww, sniff sniff.
If I have any complaints about Terminal Rock, it is that in all his descriptions, Will Franklin only mentions wine from the Anderson Valley, instead of the Napa Valley, my hometown. Other than that, this book is flawless.
But before they even play their first live concert one of their investors is found dead, apparently from a diving accident. Wes Franklin just happens to be on vacation where the body washes up un shore. He has also had a chance meeting with the lead singer of the band when he rescued her from an aggressive fan, who turns out to be the floater.
Now the story hits as fast a pace as the rise of the band. Sold out concerts, bodies starting to pile up, shady promoters and body guards that don't act like real body guards bring Wes and his partner, A.J., to a fevered pitch of activity to protect the band and solve the mystery.
Will Dresser's love for Rock N Roll shines in this novel as he gives a great history lesson on the greats of the industry as well as paint a great picture of how a band can take the world on a wild ride. Add to this his good use of mystery and suspense to weave a plot line that will leave you wondering who the Gilliam really is and who will die next or can Wes and A.J. Save the day and the band.
I don't want to give away anything, but frankly this is a great read and it will leave you cheering for the band and the good guys and hopefull for the demise of the bad guys. Yeah, some people deserve to die, or do they?
After being able to met Will Dresser in person I am convinced that he has hit a home run in his desire to weave his two loves together in this novel. His heroes, Dr. Wes Franklin and A.J. are fast becoming two of my favorite crime fighting duo's.
Thank you Will for a great novel, I can't wait for the next adventure.
Wes and A.J. Are their usual charismatic selves, always a pleasure to see them at work. The descriptive passages of the locations were pure pleasure for me, Dresser creates a sense of place very well. As always his characters are enjoyable, which is important to me. I can't be bothered to read a book peopled with unlikeable or two dimensional characters.
If you love a fast paced thriller, especially if you love music, too...pick this one up right now and dig in. My prediction is that you will find it hard to put down. Give it some time, it takes a few chapters for the pace to pick up. Once it does, you won't want to step away until you know how it all comes together in an ending with quite a flair!
Between the mystery, the rock and roll, the characters and the philosophical underpinnings, I loved Terminal Rock.