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- Language: English, English
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The lively, fast-moving plot is not for the squeamish but portrays accurately the savagery that's carried out in drug wars. There's a great cast of supporting characters, too, fighting with Atticus and Rosemary as well as against them. My favourite was The Priest, (a villain, naturally) whose religious practices are not as one would expect. (And no, I won't write spoilers). I gave the book 4 stars because I was a bit disappointed not to have seen more of him. A very enjoyable read. I hope to read more from Clark.
Note: I received a free review copy of this book via the author in return for a fair, impartial review.
Anyone who knows me, knows also how much I love reading. If I find a book to be truly special, it will be finished within a matter of hours or two days the latest. Unfortunately, I did struggle to stay focused on reading this book as initially I was not gripped. The characters of Atticus and Rosemary - a couple who also worked together as Private Investigators - had some good features and character developments, it just took too long for them to come out. I would also have liked to have seen more development of the other characters in the book as I found the first few chapters to be a little here, there and everywhere.
But then we got into the nitty, gritty when the Tijuana drug cartel were confronted and the real action began. This was the 'wow' moment where I was finally hooked...Chapter 40 onwards I'd say. The true character development started to happen, for me anyway, and some action and suspense left me wanting more.
I found the plot interesting with a few twists and turns - Claire's character (Atticus' ex) was a nice touch. As well as her drug dealing, pimp boyfriend Delacroix. And of course...the Priest. But I would have liked a bit more on the character development front to keep me glued to the pages.
Don't get me wrong, it was a good book to read. The story itself included suspense, a love story and some badass fighting which did captivate at moments...it just didn't grip me throughout and that was disappointing. I did, however, enjoy the ending which left me asking 'will we be seeing Atticus and Rosemary again?' ...I suspect we will
This of course is only my opinion and perhaps others will enjoy the book a little more than I did. I gave it 3 stars because I felt it is definitely worth a read and others may have a different opinion. Booklovers have a variety of likes, dislikes and unfortunately this teetered somewhere in the middle for me. Maybe the next time I read about Atticus and Rosemary I won't be able to put it down.....
Set in San Diego, their story begins with Atticus' old flame asking for his help solving the execution style murder of her boyfriend. Unfortunately for our protagonists, this puts them in direct sight of some very dangerous people, all of whom will stop at nothing to get what they (or their very powerful bosses) want.
Meanwhile, both our leading roles have their own problems to deal with. Atticus had a traumatic childhood and grew up as an African-American dealing with a lot of bigotry, whilst Rosemary had a dysfunctional family, an aggressive, violent brother and a tour in Iraq that left her with PTSD and a missing right leg, as well as panic attacks when she gets behind the wheel.
Together, they must try to solve the murder, figure out who's after them and why, try to survive the entire Tijuana Crime Cartel (as well as various other threats) baying for their blood and keep their relationship together. In one corner we have a man known as "The Priest", who has founded his own religion and is the sole member of what he calls the Church of the Aloned. His only goal is to open the eyes of humanity to the farce that is civilisation in his eyes, break them down and make them rely on the only thing that matters- instinct. He has no mercy and cares for no one. The entire Bible of the Church of Aloned consists of a map he found as a child soldier in the jungles of Colombia, with the words "Beyond Here Be Monsters" scrawled on the edge, which he took to heart.
The big players in the cartel itself are Armando Villanueva, Lieutenant to the head of the cartel- Ferdinand Del Castillo- who himself runs the entire drug empire for Tijuana Cartel. Aside from these threats, we also have Rosemary's angry brother (who happens to have his own gang- Los Lobos Locos) gunning for Atticus' blood out of pure hate of the man.
Out of all the antagonists I found The Priest the most terrifying. Whereas the rest of them are doing it for money, power or hate, The Priest is simply doing it out of obsession. It's clear he's not completely on the rails, but how far off them is unclear. He has the same masochistic rituals that are reminiscent of the priest from the Da Vinci Code. He scrubs himself down with pumice and does intense exercises that he calls "worshipping". The character himself is very different from the Da Vinci Code priest though- apart from both being religious fanatics who seems to have a thing for S&M.
The story starts off slowly and begins to pick up pace, building more and more tension as we reach the end. There are many different plots going on at once, so some get sidelined a little at times, but they are all brought crashing together for the finale.
The ending itself is well done, full of seat-gripping tension and with an ambiguousness that leaves you not completely at ease.
A great thriller, murder-mystery novel for anyone who isn't turned away by violence, bad language or the gritty realism that comes from telling a story filled with drug rings, human trafficking and murder.
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the authors. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.