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As in previous books, the action picks up right where part 2 left off, with Jeff Grobnagger in some pretty deep trouble. Also, drunk. It's a fun combination, and gives the opening a muddy urgency that's really welcome. The return of an old friend from the first book is also welcome – it's a fun pairing, and the dialogue between the two characters is really enjoyable.
I did have some initial concerns about pacing – considering what happens at the end of Book 2, Jeff is far more patient with his returned friend than I would have been – but things improve on that score rather quickly. Another thing that had started to bug was the basic passivity of the protagonist – Jeff seems to be a person that things happen to, rather than someone who takes an active role. There are sound psychological reasons why he is the way he is, and in that sense it's good characterisation, but from a reader perspective I did find it frustrating at points, especially in book 2, so it was a relief to see him finally pushed by circumstances to take a more active role. There's one action sequence in particular that takes place in a pitch black room that is superb – stressful, exciting, deliberate – every ounce of tension is wrung from the scenario, and when the violence explodes, it does not disappoint.
I know I mention it every time, but it bares repeating – the voice is as pitch perfect as ever. There's a confidence to this that I find really impressive – especially as there's two writers working on this character, because at this point, I feel like I really know Jeff. He's an incredibly well realised character, and really comes to life on the page. It's also testament to the skill of the writing that even three books in, with utterly consistent (and as I've mentioned, occasionally even kind of annoying at times) characterisation, I was still surprised to laughter several times by his observations. This remains the biggest strength of this series, and for me is worth the price of admission all by itself.
That said, the story is far stronger than for part 2, and the climax was both action-packed and devastating, indicating things seem to be about to take a very dark turn as we round the home stretch of this narrative. With the blinders now all the way off in regards to the threat he is facing, and a strong motivation to strike back, I am really interested to see where this tale will go next...
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First of all I must say that this book should not be read without previously reading “Fade To Black” and “Bled White”. If you haven’t followed this series from the beginning, you will be totally lost and probably not enjoy this book at all. If you have gotten this far, then you are well acquainted with the major players and themes and will find this an interesting progression in the events to date.
I say interesting because I did have a hard time getting into this one. My main issue was that Bled White pretty much ended with Jeff Grobnagger and Riston Farber face to face in the League of Light Headquarters and Jeff pretty much running for his life. The majority of Red on the Inside basically amounted to Jeff and Glenn having a big bro fest, getting drunk and seemingly doing nothing to track down or stop a person pretty much intent to do them both harm. When they finally get serious about finding Amity in the other realm and seeking her help or get her to return to the physical world the book is more than half over. Even with that being said, once Glenn and Jeff both arrive in the other realm, they encounter one hell of a “welcoming party”. The events that follow make is clear to Jeff that as long as Riston Farber exists, he will never be safe.
This is probably my least favorite book in the series so far but then again “Bled White” is a hard act to follow. Even with that being said it does its job to further the story and set up for the next book. It will be interesting to see how Jeff will handle Riston Farber now that there is no mistaking his intentions even if his ultimate motives are still unclear.
Second and...secondmost?: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Then I bought a copy of the boxed set and a copy of this book because I want to support these authors. They're just that good.
What impressed me most about ROTI is how deep we got into Jeff's thoughts. Here's this cynical guy who's kind of kept us at arm's length throughout books 1 and 2, but now, I feel like he's warming up to us and telling us a lot more than he has in the past. In ROTI, we start to become far more familiar with Jeff's hopes, fears, and internal conflicts, and it makes him a much more sympathetic character. I feel like, in ROTI, Jeff is starting to catch a glimmer of the idea that he just might be the HERO of this story. It's a big idea to grasp, so I expect trouble ahead, if not just because of the trademark cliffhanger ending that I've come to expect from the previous books in the series.
Bottom line: in book 3, Vargus and McBain figure out how to make things fresh while maintaining Jeff's self-deprecating humor and sardonic perspective on life, the universe, and everything. We start to see a little deeper into the universe that Vargus and McBain have created, and I can't wait to see what they've got for us in book 4.
The story is fast-paced and interesting and unpredictable. I had a hard time putting it down, and read it pretty much in one sitting.
If you enjoy suspenseful dark thrillers with paranormal themes, then you won't want to miss this series. I would recommend reading the first two books in the series first, since I don't think this book would stand well on its own, but the series is definitely a fun read.
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