Author – D.B. Silvis
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
287 Amazon Pages, 85,879 words
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 1/6/17
1 - 2017
There is occasional cursing and sexual situations plus extreme violence. If you are adverse to those don't read it. If you choose to read it, don't give it a low review rating for the reasons cautioned here. You were clearly warned.
My impressions: gory, lots of violence, blood and pain, diverse characters.
Jake Wayde, ex marine, tough P.I.
Donald 'Tiny' Barnes, charter boat captain, Jake's friend.
Betti Dennis, Jake's girlfriend.
Lt. Kelly, peanut addicted Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Policeman.
Dr. Frederick Rhineman, brilliant research chemist, racist, puzzle player.
Puzzle of Death has a large, interesting cast of support characters; there is a U.S. Senator an ambassador, FBI agents, Detroit mobsters, multiple torturers/killers, and Iranian secret agents.
After his death, Dr. Frederick Rhineman sets in motion a complex plot involving his twelve most hated people. They are pitted against each other to collect a prize of ten million dollars and a newly developed chemical formula that many nations would pay extreme amounts of money for. Each of the people the Doctor has a grudge against receives a letter containing a puzzle piece. The person who collects Rhineman's twelve hand cut puzzle pieces with written clues attached is the winner. Or are they?
The plot is complex and has more turns than a coiled rattlesnake. Some of the characters are found to not be what they initially seem.
If you like to read about mean, murderous women there is a goodly dose of those.
I enjoyed the story and recommend it to readers who can stand the stench of violent death.
The lack of professional editing hurts the book's rating. There are missing, extra and misspelled words.
Quotation marks are missing in several instances, plus several occurrences of mixed past and present tense.
The plot is excellent, and sentence structure and character development are okay.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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