By Victor Elmalih
Genre- Adventure, Action
Rating 3 stars out of 5. Posted 1/24/2016
I enjoyed Member's Authority; it's a fun read, but it reminded me of Saturday morning TV cartoon shows. The protagonist mysteriously does the impossible and passes it off as totally doable.
This story is listed as Adventure/Action but has a bit of Science Fiction in it. An instrument named a Ts5 has been developed to scan people's brain waves and determine if they are planning to commit violence. Those potential criminals are to be condemned to death, even though they've not committed the crime they're thinking about.
The year is 2050; the world is in economic collapse and the Italian Mafia has more money than any government. They involve US President Clayton in a scheme to raise trillions of dollars by staging a Survivors type show on TV. The mob and the US Government will share the proceeds of worldwide betting on the show's outcome. The president succumbs to the pressure of a failing presidency and growing mob violence and caves in to dancing with the (Mafia) devil. (I especially liked the ending.)
John Dale is the super agent/protagonist the government involves to monitor the mob as they handle three condemned contestants in the live broadcast of a hunt on a jungle covered island. One thing I liked about John is his susceptibility for getting injured which made him a little more believable.
Manari, is the despicable Italian Mafia Lieutenant in charge of the TV broadcast.
Bangor, is the local island Chieftain whose ten-year-old son was eaten by a Komodo Dragon. They are large carnivorous lizards that grow to ten-feet long and 150 pound. This event is the driver the plot hinges on.
Now for the bad news. The editing, or lack thereof, is bad. There are many extra, missing, misspelled and wrong words throughout. One sentence early on was so jumbled I read it four times and still couldn't make sense of it.
Character development was okay, and the plot was good but far fetched.
It's not a great story, but it is enjoyable.
This is a review of a free book at Smashwords.
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