- File Size: 1901 KB
- Print Length: 138 pages
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (March 29, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 29, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X9DY642
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Unholy Alliance: Donahue Cousins Series: #2 Kindle Edition
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We now enter into the realm of Kathleen’s writing finesse and having read DEADLY ALLIANCE it is apparent that was Book 1 of the Donahue Cousins Novels: UNHOLY ALLIANCE is subtly listed as ‘A Donahue Cousins Novel #2. Or as Kathleen offers, ‘Finn and Amy appear as secondary characters. It’s spring when Tori Rourke is released from prison, but it is a false spring. Framed by the Irish mob for a murder she didn’t commit, she begins hunting down her missing cousin’s kidnapper. Her attorney, Grady Fletcher, fears her past stalks her and will destroy a life she was never meant to have. What to do about their budding love is another matter.’
From her synopsis she offers the foundation for this story: ‘A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin. Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin's kidnapper. When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security. And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door. Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.’
While it is an odd feeling to share the name of one of the main characters, the manner in which Grady Fletcher is drawn makes it an honor! As with DEADLY ALLIANCE this Book 2 is a very solid read. Kathleen has tackled legal issues, crime and romance and blends them all in a superb, addicting novel. Grady Harp, April 17
Rowland knows how to craft a crime thriller. The characters are convincing and well-drawn, and the storyline clips along at a good pace. She knows how to keep the pages turning and the suspense high. I have not heard of Rowland before, but I’m sure going to check out the rest in the Donahue Cousin’s series. Unholy Alliance is a great book for an entertaining read – Highly Recommended.
The technical writing was SUPER strong. If you read any sentence, paragraph, or page in isolation, you will find nicely-assembled sentences, good descriptions and a great command of language. What didn’t work as well for me was the painstaking detail, which made plot progression slow, and which made it hard to know what to focus on. The author writes a play-by-play of each scene and does a lot of one-day-to-the next chronological storytelling. It was simply too difficult for me to keep track of the many characters and settings that were introduced (many of which turned out to be superfluous to the plot). This detracted from my sense of action and, for me, it bogged the story down.
With all that said, I think that readers who prefer a detailed style would really enjoy this book, and I will acknowledge that level of detail in books can be a personal preference. The bones of the story were good, and the author clearly had a well-thought-out plan for every scene and character. I would recommend this book to somebody who enjoys being taken for a long journey, and is most satisfied by books that create a slow burn.
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A shorter read that really packs a lot into the pages. This suspense is a multi-faceted with more going on than a straight crime story.Read more