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Since Tony McFadden left Canada two decades ago he and his wife and two children have lived in the US Virgin Islands, various American cities (LA, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Fairfax), Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and now, finally (and for good), Australia.
All of those places and people have provided a wealth of characters and settings for his books, all filled with thrills, suspense and adventure. More about him can be found at http://www.TonyMcFadden.net
on Sep. 24, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book - the first I've read from this author. The characters are well-developed and the good guys rushing to beat the bad guys, with the assistance of the slightly more palatable bad guys, gave me plenty of inspiration to keep turning pages. The main character is complicated - a reluctant tough guy... that happens to play the sax well enough to return to that to make a living, after a military stint. There's also some chemistry at work between him and the singer in the band, and the story continually thrusts them together, then drags them apart again, which, along with the good cops trying to figure out who the dirty cop is, adds plenty of meat to the story.
This isn't one of those turn the page as fast as you can thrillers, like a Matthew Reilly or a Dan Brown - it's intriguing enough to keep you interested and turning pages, but I find, you can take a breath and relax and enjoy the journey a lot more. Having said that, I was definitely turning the last few pages faster... I hadn't noticed the pace slowly building to a climax until it really had me in its grip.
I like discovering an author that has already written so many books, because I can then go back and read the rest of their 'library'. I'll definitely be doing that with Tony McFadden, because I'm keen to see if he's perfected the formula this well in his other books. And from his bio, he intends to keep on writing, and writing, and writing... No complaints from me.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 01, 2013 :
Completely enjoyed this book. It was a fairly quick read (a weekend if you're committed to getting it done....you won't want to put it down too often anyway). I enjoyed the characters a lot, although I could not decide whether Stan was smart or stupid. He did stupid things, but had a pretty good vocabulary for a thug. Maybe he's just an enigma. About half way through I got a little confused.....who is a good guy who is a bad guy, who is spying for whom....no spoilers here, but if you find yourself in the same position, don't worry; I figured it out. THe confusion added to the suspense of the story. Thanks for another great one, Tony McFadden.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)