I’ve had quite a few books sent to me recently for review. I haven’t been as good about reading them right away as I should. This is one that was sent to me a few months ago. As always, opinions are always my own!
Author: Martin Ott
Year Published: 2013
Genre: Modern action/suspense
Morality Rating: PG-13
Readablity Rating: 3 stars
Norman Kross is a former career interrogator for the United States. He floundered on his last mission, and was sent back home to Los Angeles to teach the new crop of interrogators. He finds the job predictably boring, and takes on a private case investigating the murder of a high-profile movie director’s daughter. The main suspect? Crazy actor George Stark who can literally become anyone he wants to be. Norman must use every ounce of cunning that he has to determine what is true- before it is too late.
I was rather relieved to get this high caliber of a book for a review. A few books I have been sent to review seemed unfinished. This book delivered exactly what it promised- action, suspense, and a well thought-out plot.
Plot: I really enjoyed the plot of this story. I liked the idea of an actor who could really act like different people. I felt the suspense and sense of danger that plagued Norman. I enjoyed learning more about his past and interrogation skills. I had no problem with the plot at all. It was well done.
Characters: As typical with me, I found few of the characters likable. I particularly did not like Norman’s sons. They seemed like little spoiled brats. But, of course, any writer who can make you feel emotion for a particular character over another is a pretty good writer. I think the characters were well thought-out and diverse, which is more than I can say for Orson Scott Card.
Setting: I think the setting of this book set the stage for the plot very well. Anything can happen in Los Angeles, and I thought the different venues were described well and fit the scene.
Writing Style: To get a sense of the writing style of this book, I’ll give you the first quote that caught my eye. “Part interrogator, part clergyman, I wield forgiveness in one hand and a .45 caliber lightning bolt in the other.” That pretty much sums up the writing style of the entire book. It was heavily military-influenced, and reminded me of something that my brother would write. I would definitely say that this book will appeal to men the most. The writing is done well, but the military imagery and sometimes forced “cool factor” was a little tiresome to me.
This book has a lot going for it. It is written well, the plot is sound, and the subject is interesting. I would probably not pick this book up off the shelf to read on my own, but I enjoyed it enough. I bet anything Martin Ott tries to write in the future will sell well. He is a good writer.