on March 4, 2013 :
"Speak for the Dead" is a vigilante novel that refreshingly skips over the clichéd ethical qualms that usually plague such tales - rather than realising that such moral preening is really only an available choice for fictional characters in fictional worlds, as opposed to a real person that would be forced to live under the conditions that turn them to vigilantism in the first place.
That's not to say that interesting questions that arise from such a premise are ignored - they're not - but the usually facile ones that seem to permeate most vigilante stories are pleasingly absent.
For those perhaps not familiar with these trite “dilemmas”: if you find yourself wondering, as a vigilante, whether you’re really any better than the rapists and child molesters you find yourself putting down, you’re doing it wrong :)
Beyond that, the book is an enjoyable read, especially considering it’s a self-published, first-time foray into the world of published writing for the author. It’s also nice to see some care and effort have been put into both the editing (presumably self-edited) and layout for the eBook version; important but sadly oft-overlooked aspects of published works for self-publishers.
Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a fresh look at an old theme, especially so if you like strong, realistic female protagonists. Will be interesting to see where the author takes the story, should they decide to write a sequel.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)