Author – Colin Campbell
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
315 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 12/8/17
No. 70 - 2017
My Impressions: overdone for impact, climatic, evil antagonist, stand up good guy, dark humor.
Jim Grant – from England, Boston Detective
Terri Avellone – Grant’s girlfriend.
Danial Hunt – Wealthy, arrogant, a conundrum, Beacon Hill royalty.
Sam Kincaid – Boston detective, Grants buddy.
Mike Dillman – exIRA bomber, now claims to be a peace activist.
Beacon Hill follows the exploits of Jim Grant, a detective originally from Yorkshire, England. Innuendo informs us Grant previously worked as a detective in Los Angeles where he solved a case and saved many lives. It also lets us know Grant’s current supervisor was forced to hire the loose cannon by his top line superiors and doesn’t have the power to fire him. Very powerful people seem to be moving Grant around the USA from one major city to another to fight crime. A very shaky premise even for an action adventure genre.
Jim Grant is stubborn and tenacious. He smells a crime brewing and ignores his bosses’ directive to stay away from Danial Hunt even after a drive-by shooting at Hunt’s house in Beacon Hill.
There is abundant action as Grant chases leads to get evidence against the person he suspects of planning to cause a major crime of international proportions.
Grant professed to love his girlfriend, Terri Avellone and was close to committing to the relationship when she suddenly left the story. Then it was as if he forgot she ever existed.
The editing is good, almost perfect.
Character development is good for Grant, adequate but not great for the supporting characters.
The plot is fast paced and intense. The action scenes are a bit over the top much like the Jack Reacher series.
The writing style uses short, choppy sentence fragments, but it works.
I enjoyed Beacon Hill and recommend it for fans of extreme hard-boiled action characters.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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