Tuning In: Urban Fantasy Series Kindle Edition
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Michael questions his existence and why he has the ability to hear people’s thoughts. Then he finds himself mixed up with a Mob Boss who is plotting to steal a fortune in jewels. Will Michael find a life of crime is where he needs to be? Or will he discover he is meant for a higher purpose?
Chris Neal has done an outstanding job in writing TUNING IN (DANCING TO A DIFFERENT TUNE). Michael is a character whose youth and enthusiasm for the “whys” of life will keep you highly entertained. I found myself quickly become absorbed throughout the pages as his many adventures unfolded.
It is evident that Mr. Neal has a unique flare to be a writer. He is to be commended on presenting this story in a first person point of view. This style of writing is often hard to accomplish for a seasoned writer, with this being Mr. Neal’s first book it is indisputable that his future works will have a strong solid foundation to be built upon. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to seeing more of his future works.
Tuning In is essentially a very well imagined story. It is also the author’s first book, and this became clear to me as I read it. Basic issues like comma placement trailed well behind the book’s imaginative quality, although I’m informed that at this moment (April 3rd 2015) the book is the subject of professional editing.
Regarding negative issues with the story itself, I noticed that management of the story’s tension was not perfect, mostly due to occasionally excessive use of flashbacks and too much explanation of what the principal character is thinking/planning. These are very common mistakes that either shove info at a reader or consign him/her to having a passive attitude; there might be readers out there who are not so critical of this method of storytelling, but I’m not one of them.
So why did I give it four stars and not less? Because, aside these flaws (and a few others I won’t focus on so I don’t unintentionally insert any spoilers), I believe that Tuning In was very well plotted and structured, the characters were very interesting and there were a bunch of twists and turns from midway onwards that caught me by surprise. There is promise in the world that the author has built, and I believe that Book 1 has only begun to scratch its surface, making it clear to me that much more awaits in future installments.
Would I recommend this book to any of my friends? Well, if the resolvable but important issues I referred to are addressed I would recommend Tuning In for a weekend read.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, objective and non-reciprocal review.
The author, an attorney, plunges the reader into a world of dishonest law firms. Michael becomes the major player in an elaborate con. When Michael discovers that the firm he becomes involved with defrauded clients and is suspected of funding terrorists, he gleefully announces: “Time to con some crooks.” He is working with an outstanding team, “a mastermind, a thief, a geek and a finance guy.” Shades of “Leverage,” one of my favorite shows? I think so.
With Michael Chris Neal has created a unique character. What will he and Michael do next—write another novel, I hope. Michael’s remark: “I wanted to tell him to hire con artists from now on instead of attorneys” is promising. I look forward to reading more Chris Neal novels.
"Sometimes it's best to shut up after you've said something so honestly brilliant."
"How do you eat an elephant? Grandpa Bob would ask. "One bite at a time."
Smart, witty and totally unique. Tuning In is like a Grisham-esk tale meets Koontz's Odd Thomas. Okay, that's kind of a stretch, but like I said it's unique. Once I started this book, I really couldn't put it down. It has everything I need in a book: action, smart plot, wit, and romance.