Book Review First Force Series by Cindy McDonald
Jack Haliday is on the brink of losing everything:peace of mind and
the secure life he has worked hard for,safety for his wife and
child. 5 years ago Jack went undercover to infiltrate the street
gang know as the Nomands.Even though Gunner has managed to escape
arrest he lives in the shadows waiting for the day to seek out
Let me start by saying I know how diffcult it is to create a
story that readers would be interested in.It takes courage to create
fictious world and hope someone can relate to the story and the
characters in them. Writers work with dilegence to "breathe life
into" these characters. I did like that the author kept the action
going. However I did have a few problems with the story and I'dlike
this one by one.
Problem #1:Lack of connection
The main characters felt like stereotypes:The long suffering wife,
the cute adorable curly haired child, and the ultra male cop who
can't show emotion beyond anger.It's something you see play out in a
movie in a novel I expect more physica descriptions of the characters,
behaviors that show their motives,and the thoughts that go on in
their minds as the story unfolds. Without this I had a hard time
connecting to these characters, with the exception of Rayne she
seemed more real to me than the others. She was stuggling to regain
identity and peace of mind after a traumatic experience. This isn't
to say that every character needed to be traumatized to become more
real.I just would've like to see more complexity in the rest of the
Would a CIA agent tell his cop neighbor that he is a ex- CIA agent
when he is still an active CIA agent? Why not say he's manager at
shoe store or something nowhere near the perimenter of being an
agent. Let's say I believe this CIA agent does live across the
street ,I find it less plausible that he would just happen to be
home on the BIG INCIDENT.(I don't want to give away this part of the
story because it's crucial so I will refer to it as THE BIG
INCIDENT) This same CIA agent just happens to have a safe house
separate from the government and instead of taking Jack and injured
person to a hospital you take them to the safe house , which also
a doctor,Rayne, the CIA agent's niece. If that's not enough to chew
on one of the female cops in Jack's precint is dating Gunner and
leaking info to Gunner. I had the toughest time swallowing this
because there wasn't much explanation as to how they got together
and that this precint didn't catch on to it until it was almost too
late. I felt like I was trying to find something on the bottom of a
murky pond. Here and there I may catch a glimpse of something and
then I wouldn't.
Problem #3 Tension
I am aware that it is a challenge to let a new audience in things
that happened in a previous series. That said I felt like the
Flashback scenes were way to long. This slowed down the tension
that was buiding at first. This is a smaller complaint because
once you get out of Chapter 1 the tension does pick back up again.
Overall I thought the idea for the premise was good it just wasn't
excuted well. I would give this book 2 & 1/2 stars.
NOTE: I do not get paid for my opinons of this book or any kind of
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