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The Blue Hornet (A Crime Mystery)

The Blue Hornet (A Crime Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Fincham
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Product Description

He is a cop who is bold, funny, and ambitious.

He also has no idea what he's doing.

Parking Officer Jon Rupret wants desperately to move up from handing out parking tickets. An impulsive act from his past throws him into a special drug investigation. Jon quickly realizes he is in way over his head when a dangerous and violent group threatens to flood the city with a new drug.

About the Author

MOBASHAR QURESHI was named one of the ten rising Canadian mystery writers to watch by Quill & Quire Magazine. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 787 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5XL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings 17 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
RACE: the Radical Association of Criminal Ethnicities. We first learn about this organization as Officer Jon Rupret is taken off of parking violation duties and transferred into the narcotics division. An unlikely gathering of criminals from different backgrounds, the group is said to be creating a brand new drug of abuse: a combination stimulant, analgesic, and hallucinogen all rolled up into one fast-acting tablet. As a soon-to-be pharmacist, I was immediately intrigued.

As a police officer, Rupret's attitude is a far cry from both the doughnut-eating, coffee guzzling stereotype and the straitlaced man-in-uniform trope. Instead, he is sarcastic, impulsive, ambitious, but overall well-meaning. These characteristics force me to vacillate between affection and irritation as a combination of circumstances and his own poor judgment take him from the pot to the frying pan. Thankfully, the author is aware of the man's strengths and shortcomings as we are, and Rupret does not metamorphose into a likelier hero. Instead, happenstance guides just about all of his successes in a way that makes it impossible for readers to figure out the larger conspiracy until Rupret himself discovers it.

The plot itself is rather well-conceived -- involved enough to maintain interest, yet simple enough to be covered satisfactorily in a medium-length novel. On the whole, I find myself pleased with the storyline; what does bother me is the believability of the scientific content. The manner in which orally disintegrating and sublingual tablets is treated makes it sound like a novel concept, when these dosage forms have been around for decades. Additionally, the analyst uses full technical terms, when most would simply say "mass spec" or "HPLC" or some other abbreviated form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fast read.... 31 Aug 2011
By Rebecca Ford - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book, and it was very hard to put down! At first the discription doesnt do it much justice, bit once you read it, its well worth it. This book was MUCH better than i expected it to be! It was great!

The main character, Jon Rupret, is a parking officer (he's one of the guys that puts those tickets on your windsheild, and calls to have your car towed). At first I see him to be arrogant and mean, but after a wile he kind of starts to grow on you, and you start to get the feel of his sense of humor. He's annoying, but likable, and he's good at heart. Jon get put onto a new division, a drug squad, who are trying to find "RACE". "RACE" is a group of people who are making a new drug called "nex", which is going to be the next best drug. A drug that will be used by anyone and everyone, and this drug will let RACE control the entire city. Of course Jon, being the guy he is, figures he will be the one to stop this group and in effect, stop the production of this new drug "nex". It doesn't exactly work out as he plans though. As he says in the book, it looks much easier on tv.

We get to see Jons view of the investigation, and what he does to try to make an impact. We also get a glance into RACE in some chapters, which makes the storytelling much more intresting. This is a book I could not put down. I loved that it wasnt some "hero " book, its just a regular guy, doing his job. He is a guy some of us can relate to- not some superhero cop (even though Jon make think that is what he is!).

I did think there were a LOT of characters, and it did get a little confusing at times to keep track of everyone. Maybe if i were able to get to know a little more about each one I would have been able to follow along a little better. But other than that I loved the plot of this book, its new and original. And i loved the main characters. This is a pretty fast read- or at least it was for me, seeing as i couldnt put it down. I would recomend taking the time to read this.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an OK read 17 May 2012
By Mrs. D. L. Powell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Previous reviewers have already given a breakdown of the story and main character, so I won't repeat that. It is an enjoyable read, but it doesn't quite work and I am having a hard job putting my finger on why. On one hand I enjoyed seeing the main character as being a bit of a bumbling idiot, but I am not sure it was done as well as it could have been. He just seemed to have bit too much of a blabber mouth, and that side of his character I found a little hard to believe after a while.

Some interesting minor characters, including a taxi driver with a big heart. Overall I am glad I read it, but I would not be able to really recommend it as being a 'must have' read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bumbling Cop 3 Nov 2011
By rhonda - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Officer Rupret is a parking meter cop who gets his car towed a lot. He wants to be a regular cop very bad. When he is offered into the drug division he is not happy. Last year he interupted a drug sting that took 4 months to set up. Rupret is not well liked over their.
Officer Rupret is likeable but not too smart. He wants to help people but things go wrong a lot for him. He even lies to his mom about what he does.
Their is a new drug comming out with faster more addictive and Officer Rupret is put on the task force and he makes lots of mistakes and some right too.
I laughed while reading this police story. I will read more books by Mobashar. I was given this ebook from Library thing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Main Character Reminds me of Inspector Clouseau 22 Sep 2011
By Mary Bower - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book enjoyable enough to finish but I cannot say it was one of my favorite reads of the summer. It has too much of an Inspector Clouseau (Pink Panther) flavor for my liking. Jon Rupret is a bumbling Parking Enforcement Officer who gets promoted to be on a drug task force where all craziness breaks out. If you like the humor associated with a bumbling policeman you will enjoy this. As with all of this author's books, the writing is excellent.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not without its flaws, but still an overall decent read 6 Mar 2011
By ChibiNeko - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I had to kind of mull this book over in my mind for a while before writing this review because overall, this wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't a great one, a novel to end all novels.

The author has an easy style of writing to him that really suited Rupret's narrative. I found the main character to be a fairly easygoing person that I could connect with at the beginning. I saw him as a sort of bumbling Seth Rogen kind of character that was occasionally endearing. I have to admit, his initial antics at the beginning couldn't help but make me smile & draw me in.

Unfortunately that pace just wasn't ultimately kept up here. The general story idea is a good one & the author does his best to keep us interested, but I just felt like it took a while to get where it was trying to go. I really wish that certain things (such as details about the leader of the operation, Zee) were more spaced out in the book. I was a bit surprised about the twist at the ending, but I couldn't help but feel like it was just a teensy bit overly complicated. It came across as something that would work better if it was more spaced out or had a little more development earlier in the story.

I'm aware that this was the author's first novel & that comes through in this book, so I'm optimistic that further novels will be a little less green than this one was.

Final diagnosis: It's not a bad book but it just felt a little unfinished at times. Since it's rather cheap on the kindle, I'd recommend it as a purchase for a breezy weekend or holiday/vacation read.
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