Author – Bruce Miles
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Action/Adv.
346 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 12/15/17
No. 71- 2017
My Impressions: Good plot, a variety of characters, action filled,
James ‘Kit’ Carson – inherits land from his grandfather and runs into trouble w/ neighbor
Alex – ex-special forces and private military contractor.
Garrett – Kit’s neighbor, retired policeman.
Ethan – New car salesman, married to a cougar, seriously henpecked by domineering wife.
Charles – Widower with two teen-aged boys, wimpy,
Preston LaHarpe – Neighbor, Ex-army with mental issues.
John Lee Sherman – part of the LaHarpe clan, manufactures drugs.
The first five percent of the story is background information to set the stage for Kit’s arrival.
Dark Hearts in the Forest is set in Northern Louisiana amid a bunch of good ole’ boys who live by their own code and skirt the law at every level. They are not above killing perceived enemies to maintain their way of life.
Kit Carson inherits acreage with a house and barn on it and plans to commercialize the property. He invites three college friends and his retired neighbor to spend a week at the property, help him explore it and decide on a business plan.
Psychopath Preston LaHarpe learns of the plan and moves to get rid of the city folk who are about to intrude on his and his families’ way of life. An all-out war is waged. Preston enlists his cousin John Lee to help him rout the new neighbor.
Many scene changes do not have breaks between them.
One long scene of several pages presents lines of drunken political and social opinions as dialog without attributes. The conflicting opinions would mean something if they were tied to characters to further define each of their personalities.
The action scenes are mostly overwritten and often confusing. Kit’s wimpy ways soon became tiresome.
The scenes in a cave at the bottom of a sink hole were far out and improbable. After the chemicals in the cave’s drug lab burned and exploded it should have been hazardous or deadly for anyone to enter the resulting smoke and fumes without proper personal protection.
The editing is poor with many missing, extra and wrong words.
The writing style is wordy and repetitious.
In spite of the above-mentioned flaws the story is enjoyable if your expectations are not too high.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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