Author – David Lloyd
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
347 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 6/14/17
No 40. - 2017
My impressions: Naive, gullible, immature, simplistic, repetitious, corruption, evil characters.
Jacob Carmichael – Twenty-one year old studying to become a Baptist preacher who becomes a drunken wimp.
Tamar Carmichael – Jacob’s sister.
Karina – student from Belarus who becomes Jacob’s girlfriend.
Mustapha – Libyan owner of Gulf Coast Jobs placement agency.
Yousra – Mustapha’s niece who travels to the US after being led to believe she is Jacob’s fiancé.
Suma – Turkish friend of Jacob’s who owns a restaurant in Gulf Coast City Fla.
Gulf Coast City begins in Tinsley, South Carolina. Jacob is late meeting his sister as he’d promised because he is dallying with a girl who wants to rape him.
While he fights his carnal urges, Jacob’s sister is physically attacked by a sociopath and roughed up but not sexually abused. Jacob accepts the blame for his sister’s dilemma and turns into a drunken looser, drops out of college and moves to Gulf Coast City to search for answers as to why God let Tamar suffer at the hands of her attacker.
Throughout the story, Jacob is portrayed as a gullible wimp who can be manipulated by the many corrupt people he meets in Florida. I grew tired of his naïve character and never developed the empathy for him the author obviously intended me to. His continued soul searching over his rejection of God and his acceptance of situations frowned upon by his religion was the main conflict of the story. Gulf Coast City has no mystery or suspense and is certainly not thrilling. It’s more of a coming of age genre as a twenty-one-year-old searches for maturity and to regain his faith in his religion.
There is a large cast of characters, too many to list here. Most of those not listed are bad, corrupt individuals trafficking in drugs and forced prostitution.
The book’s editing has issues with missing, misspelled and wrong words used. There are also comma issues and too many conflicts with past and present tense in the same sentence or paragraph.
Sentence structure in several instances needed to be rearranged for clarity.
Character development was meager except for Jacob.
The plot was weak and at times felt contrived.
Dialog, discounting foreign characters speaking broken English, seemed clumsy and unnatural.
Changes in scenes need a blank line between them to denote the new setting.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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