on Feb. 21, 2016 :
Mapping the Glades
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
81,520 Words and 290 pages
Rating - 4 stars out of 5
Harrison Park is the main character in Mapping the Glades. The story is set in Florida where he lives in self-imposed isolation. Harrison is an ex-undercover DEA agent turned crime writer. Throughout the story we learn of the guilt, hate and shame he has fought after leaving the DEA and since the death of his wife.
Pauly Allister is Harrison's stepson who returned home after living several years in California.
Tracy Manning is Pauly's lovely stripper, prostitute girlfriend who lives wild and crosses the wrong man.
Raul Geoshay is the wrong man to cross; he's pure evil and the perfect antagonist in the plot.
What I liked in this story is the interesting storyline that moved almost non-stop. The action was intense and the winning side switched back and forth like a Ping-Pong ball in a tournament.
The characters are developed so the reader knows exactly who and what they are. It's done over time of course, because it's not all presented in an info dump.
Undercurrents of past loves and deeds linger in the background as a multitude of characters attempt to position themselves for the love or revenge they crave.
The story is well written with infrequent editing errors
What I didn't like about Mapping the Glades is the way several scenes ran together without separation.
There were also several outright errors in the writing. At one point a woman is handcuffed with her arms behind her and around a large post, and then she wipes her hair out of her face.
At the scene of an accident on a bridge a man slides off the elevated deck, into the water with a black book in his hands. Nothing was mentioned of it being ruined by the water or how Pauly and Tracy took possession of it.
The name Spencer was substituted several times for the character Simone, simply a poor editing oversight.
Readers who are offended by depictions of frequent sexual situations, extreme violence, rape, incest, torture and cursing should take note that it occurs often here.
Overall, I enjoyed Mapping the Glades and recommend it for hardcore crime and mystery fans.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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(reviewed 8 days after purchase)