By: Scott Bell
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Vigilante Justice
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 7.21.2015
Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Red Adept Publishing
Date read: 8.14.2015
"Guilt is an acid that corrodes a man's self-image,
etching it with scars that never heal."
The book description on this one really caught my attention, giving me very high hopes for this book. I am so glad that Mr. Bell didn't disappoint.
From the very beginning, I was pulled into the story, and the action - which there is a lot of - was awesome. Just when you think things are beginning to settle down, something else comes out of left field to peak your interest and get your heart racing once again. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this story.
The descriptions of Texas, where a lot of the story takes place, are spot on and you feel like you're there with them. I like how the author includes the things they are "seeing" in the story without it making you feel like you're on some sort of tour through the cities.
The characters are easy to take a liking to and are well written. I really liked Abel and Charlie. Both of them were more than what you expected them to be when you first met them. Even the bad guys had personalities that kept you wanting to follow their every movement, to know more.
Favorite character is Victor ("Por Que") - I guess I just have a thing for the sarcastic ones. He had my full attention from the very first we meet him, and there were times in the book that I wanted him to be part of the action. (Just made me appreciate when he was there more, I guess.)
Favorite line: "My papa finished your gun. Nice sights, by the way. I went by our house, man, and I have to tell you... you ever hear about a thing called paint, dude? I mean, shit, your house, it wouldn't even qualify for a crack house." (I laughed pretty hard. Maybe it's because I knew people back in San Antonio that talked like this.)
I do want to point out that I felt the editing on this one could have been a lot better. After checking to make sure that I had received a final copy, I was disappointed to find that there were words missing from sentences and words out of order. I do realize that it is often hard for me to turn off the editing side of me. I, however, read this book for fun and there were parts, though really good, that could have been better if I didn't have to go back and reread, trying to figure out what word should be there. This could be just a personal thing for me, but I find poor editing bothersome and something that takes away from the flow of the story.
About the book:
Abel Yeager is dead broke, down on his luck, and suffering from a serious case of what-the-hell-does-it-matter. His transition from active Marine to stateside long-haul trucker hit a wicked speed bump when his rig was involved in a wreck that claimed the life of a pregnant woman and laid him up for several months.
Back at work but deeply in debt, Yeager meets bookstore owner Charlie Buchanan in St. Louis and jumps at the chance to haul a load of remainder books to Austin for her. On the way south, a crew of truck thieves tracks his every move. But none of them know what Charlie's ex has smuggled inside the book pallets, who e stole it from, or how far the owner will go to get it back. Charlie's the first person Yeager has cared about in a long time, but as their bond depends, so does the danger they're in.
With enemy forces closing in, Yeager battles greed, corruption, and his own fatalism in a bid to hold true to Yeager's First Law: come home at the end of the day.
About the author:
Scott Bell has over 25 years of experience protecting the assets of retail companies. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from North Texas State University.
With the kids grown and time on his hands, Scott turned back to his first love - writing. His short stories have been published in The Western Online, Cast of Wonders, and in the anthology, Desolation.
When he's not writing, Scott is on the eternal quest to answer the question: What would John Wayne do?