Author – Curt Larson
Genre – M, S, T
296 Amazon Pages
Rating - 3 stars out of 5 Posted 3/29/17
16 - 2017
Ron Johnson - pilot in White River, Ontario, Canada. Ex Detroit Michigan businessman.
Connie Walsh – beautiful cover model who falls for Ron.
Crazy Ed Stypanski – Mystery man who arrived several years ago and lives in the woods. Ex-special forces, ex-CIA.
Martin Brannigan – Wealthy businessman, brings Connie and four big, muscular thugs for a week in the woods. He’s up to something dastardly that we learn about near the end.
Overall, this story was interesting, but I scanned my way through several sections of narrative I found repetitious or boring. After the second time detailing how to start the plane’s engine, I wished the author would just start the darned engine and get airborne. I have no interest in flying, especially in reading about small single engine planes. It came off as a travelogue instead of a mystery, suspense, thriller genre. The story is slow paced and didn’t build the intensity it could have. There is too much introspection and philosophical narrative for the advertised genre.
The plot was interesting and complex while often lacking in details I wanted to know.
The descriptions of the sky, lakes, forest and joy of flying was in-depth but soon became repetitious and at the expense of the plot that was unfolding around Martin Brannigan.
Ed and Ron were approximately 440 yards from two men Ed wanted to shoot. 440 yards is not a long distance for any decent high-powered rifle, especially an assault weapon in the hands of an ex-special forces soldier. But in the story, Ed sticks the stock in the sand and uses the rifle like a mortar to lob bullets at the targets.
Ed, Ron and Connie are held in a cabin at gun point by at least four antagonists. Suddenly, Ed pushes one of the bad guys into Martin, Ron and Connie run from the cabin, Ed tosses one of the antagonists through a window then grabs a rifle and dives through the window himself. The remaining bad guys just stand there, don’t shoot, let them escape and don’t immediately give chase. Unbelievable.
There are other scenes just as ridiculous.
The editing and sentence structure are good as is character development.
Details are lacking as is research about everything except the single engine airplane.
The plot was fresh and should have been more intense.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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