Nicholas Colt, star rock musician turned private investigator, is back to do basically the same exact thing he did in his previous adventure Pocket-47. If you like repetition, you’ll love this two. (Pun intended).
By Jude Harden
Thomas & Mercer
Settled down and getting on with his life in Florida, Colt’s life is interrupted by an ex-girlfriend’s search for her missing brother in Tennessee. While he is being urged to leave the PI work, he decides to help out on one more case. It becomes the case of his life when he realizes that the fiends behind the missing brother are the same people who murdered his wife and daughter and friends in Pocket-47, the Harvest Angels – a cultic, neo-nazi, white supremacist, terrorist, brain washing, evil, take over the world… I could go on, but you could just pick all the bad guy descriptors from every book or movie ever made and put them all together and you have the Harvest Angels. Overkill? Yeah, like most of this book.
When his family is attacked in Florida Colt is all in. Then ensues as massive cycle of crazy situation, lots of blood, hurt and killing ending in wild, improbable escape that escalates as the book moves on. By the end you won’t believe what Colt gets into and out of.
And that’s exactly the problem. You won’t believe it because it’s completely unbelievable. I love a good fantasy and I’m willing to go with nearly any rules of a world that the author wants to impress on a book. But this book violates its own rules and moves from plausible-within-its-world to absolutely implausible. It’s like you get to the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones decides that not only is he going to open his eyes and look at the Ark of the Covenant but he is going to inhale all the spirits, ala Kirby, and spit them out in fireballs at the Nazis. That’s this book, plot-wise.
If you are looking for a messy, death-defying, way over the top novel and it doesn’t matter too much to you whether or not it makes any sense – kinda like a lot of action movies – then you’ll enjoy this book. It’s written well enough and the characters, especially Colt, can be fun.
For me, it just wasn’t a satisfying read.
Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.