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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quick and quirky, March 3, 2012
This review is from: The Fall of Billy Hitchings (A John Reeves Novel Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
For those who like quick, fun and quirky reads, The Fall of Billy Hitchings is for you. Neither high or low brow, but somewhere in between, this debut novel of indie author Kirkus MacGowan keeps up the pace and the guessing to the very end.

MacGowan's narrative is unpretentious, his characters fleshed out enough that you know by their own words who's speaking, and there's ample description of people and places to put you in the scene. Like a lot of fiction, there is a need to suspend reality and just let things flow, but the novel's own laws are never violated once a premise is established. That said, the characters do act in real life ways in accordance with their type, even if the circumstances wherein they find themselves is otherworldly.

While not heavy-handed with message, there is one, and it's about finding your calling and rising above society's place for you, with some soul-searching and desires for redemption thrown in. The main characters are not saints, but they are likable and believable, more everyman than anti-hero.

If there is a knock to The Fall of Billy Hitchings, it could be that it hurries just a little too much. There was a time or two where the narrative bounced ahead before I was ready for it, but then the next chapters either caught me up or distracted me enough to allow the story to tie things back up later.

Most readers will enjoy this book for what it is: a great first attempt at a novel, that's main purpose is to entertain in a well-worn genre, but with enough ingenuity and twists to keep things lively. If you want tried and true, staid and predictable, read something else. Otherwise, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all those who like action thrillers and can embrace one with a paranormal archaeological bent.
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