on May 31, 2017 :
Title – Dalmatian Traffic
Author – Bluette Matthey
Genre – Travel Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
215 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/31/17
No.36 - 2017
My impression: An interesting plot buried under heavy baggage.
Hardy Durkin – owner/operator of Durkin Tours, ex-military intelligence soldier.
Alain Clotiers – Lt. Col. in the French Foreign Legion
Capt. Luc Buvain – French Foreign Legion soldier working undercover.
Tado Radic – Croatian sailboat captain.
Mirela Culjandji – sunken boat survivor with a dark story to tell.
Full framed and tough Hardy Durkin is asked by his friend Col. Alain Clotiers to feign being on vacation while he searches for information about who is supplying illegal arms to Europe from the region around Croatia. During the sail to Croatia they witness a boat explode and rescue a lone survivor. The beautiful, teenager becomes a primary character in the story when they learn she has ties to organized crime and was almost sent to Italy to be forced into prostitution.
Before Hardy even gets started in his undercover role, he is told Captain Buvain has disappeared and is feared to be in the hands of the arms suppliers. His primary job then is to search for and free Buvain. Col. Clotiers joins Hardy and the pair, along with Mirela, chase bad guys as they search for Buvain.
Despite dead-end leads and betrayals, the group plugs along until Buvain is found and they can continue on with their original mission.
The editing is good and the sentence structure is mostly good with minor exceptions.
Character development is good to excessive in several cases where the character’s involvement is minor to the story.
Details are thorough to overdone.
Research on country and local levels is apparent.
The plot is interesting despite the dead weight of abundant filler. A reader who enjoys travelogues and history lessons should like Dalmatian Traffic.
Filler in the form of detailed, long winded dissertations of the history of old trade routes, the cultural and economic effects of past wars, cigarette tax, drug routes into and through Iran slowed the story until I scanned through the excessive information to where the main story continued. At about seventy-five percent of the way through the book the writing again focused on the main plot until the end.
I’ve given this story a higher rating than I personally feel it deserved by my taste in reading. Readers who abhor filler should consider it a lower rating. Those who like extra local and regional color plus abundant history lessons will agree with the higher rating.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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