Author – Robert Britt
Genre – Mystery – Suspense - Thriller
139 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 10/22/2016
Eli Quinn, main character. detective, ex newspaper reporter.
Solo, 110 lb. German Sheppard, aggressive, flunked obedience training.
Sam, Samantha Marcos, girlfriend, newspaper reporter.
I am put off when writers exploit a novel to make their personal political statements. The plot of Drone is a blatant hit piece against Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. In spite of my personal feeling on the issue, I will give an honest review of the story ignoring the attempted character assassination.
Eli's wife was murdered a year ago. He has recently opened a one man detective agency (two if you count Solo) and is waiting for a second client to seek him out. A local independent State Senator, Jackie Brand, has been extremely critical of the methods used by Sheriff Horace Otto to stem the influx of illegals crossing the US /Mexico border into Maricopa County, AZ.
At a political rally, Senator Brand is at a podium when a small drone carrying a bomb flies into it and explodes. Brand is injured but not killed. Eli takes it upon himself to investigate the crime because he believes the Sheriff's department will not mount a serious investigation. He even surmises the Sheriff may be involved due to the way the event was staged and manned by the sheriff's deputies.
The editing is good but not perfect, there are a few minor errors. The sentence structure and writing are good.
Character development and details are adequate for a novella length story.
Research is mostly okay. Eli holds a black belt in Taekwondo martial arts. He depends on his fighting skills and won't carry a gun. Twice, in confrontations with thugs, he comes away battered and bruised in spite of his supposed superior fighting skills.
When confronted by an antagonist wielding a shotgun Eli decides the man likely only has three shotgun shells in the gun. That would be a dangerous assumption. I doubt a criminal would abide by gun laws; most would pull the plug and load five shells.
The plot is good and well told, except for the aforementioned issue I have with it.
The story was entertaining and held my interest. It's a good read but not great.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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