Some families are majorly dysfunctional. Others just don't function right. Mike and Brenda, in Daniel Lance Wright's Paradise Flawed, fall into the latter category, with college daughter Jojo gazing on in dismay. How did Brenda "reel so far out of control" and why does Mike just step back? Mike's friend Ed suggests Mike's working himself into his grave. And so the family head off on vacation--to Paradise Mountain Resort.
The dialog's finely tuned and realistic, though formalities of formatting sometimes let it down. The characters are plausible and well-(sometimes overly-)described. And the scenery's truly delightful. The author creates a beautiful early morning vista, with shooting stars and the wafting scent of coffee. But beauty here's as short-lived as Brenda's loveliness, and sudden terror reigns.
The battle for survival is thrillingly told, survivors rising from one danger to the next, each individual proving invaluable for their skills and knowledge. But there are surprises beyond natural disaster, and a frantic chase through the mountains ensues as mysteries wait for resolution.
Paradise Flawed is a satisfying action adventure with truly enjoyable characters and character flaws. Heroes don't all look like they've stepped out of fashion magazines, and even the overweight can fight and run and save the day. A little unedited in places, a little over-explained in others, this novel remains a thoroughly enjoyable read filled with excitement and surprise.
Disclosure: I was given a free e-copy of this book by the publisher, Dream Books LLC, and I offer my unbiased review.