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This isn't one of those turn the page as fast as you can thrillers, like a Matthew Reilly or a Dan Brown - it's intriguing enough to keep you interested and turning pages, but I find, you can take a breath and relax and enjoy the journey a lot more. Having said that, I was definitely turning the last few pages faster... I hadn't noticed the pace slowly building to a climax until it really had me in its grip.
I like discovering an author that has already written so many books, because I can then go back and read the rest of their 'library'. I'll definitely be doing that with Tony McFadden, because I'm keen to see if he's perfected the formula this well in his other books. And from his bio, he intends to keep on writing, and writing, and writing... No complaints from me.
Mr McFadden writes vibrant and gritty characters and excellent dialogue, very pithy and realistic, and he weaves an enjoyable tale of interrelated events. The plot is well structured and more complex than it first appears, with subsidiary mysteries around some of the characters. The pacing is good with nothing extraneous and plenty of reason to keep turning the pages. The quirks of the characters meant that it was hard to predict exactly what would happen next. All in all, a very satisfying read that builds to an exciting conclusion.
The main character, saxophone player, John Delacourt, has highly specialised fighting skills from his time as a Ranger in the army. He doesn't like to fight, but he will if he has to defend himself or his friends. In this story, he finds himself up against the mob, and his thought processes as he analyses how to disarm his opponents are fascinating. If Mr McFadden is as skilled in these techniques as he is knowledgable, I would hate to face him in a fight. However, this review has not been written under any duress, though Mr McFadden provided a copy of the book free of charge, he was adamant that he wanted a totally honest review - it's the only kind I give anyway.
Setting? Miami, Florida. I don't know about you but I get tired of reading books that are always set in New York City. But a book with a different setting? Never having been to Miami, I was ready for this one. Now you're talking, man. And with a couple of surprise visits to the swamp, namely the Everglades with pythons and gators and air-boats and raging swamp fires, I can handle that.
Plot? Saxophone player JD, freshly back from our latest war, joins with a piano player, bass picker, singer (need I mention cute?) and drummer (who also does the arranging and runs the band) who are living the life, playing jazz, which is all fine and dandy, well not so dandy, because the drummer, Paul is also a gator poacher. But it's not the illegal hunting that gets him in trouble, it's what he happened to witness in the Glades - a Russian mobster killing a man and dumping the body. Paul doesn't show up for rehearsal and the band and the reader have to wonder what happened to the dude?
Characters? Of course the members of the band, the Russians, some Italians who are more than ready to move in on the scene should the Russians screw up and get nailed for murder, Canadian senior citizens, some local cops and the FBI.
Well, it all meshes together making for a great read, not to mention a fun title, "Unprotected Sax" and it's a enjoyable mystery- thriller I'd highly recommend.