This was a fun, quick read. Interesting voice right from the start. Strong. Interesting backstory, a little heavy on introspection for the beginning,This was a fun, quick read. Interesting voice right from the start. Strong. Interesting backstory, a little heavy on introspection for the beginning, but it held my interest.
I like how things aren't explained or just minimally, just enough for the story to continue, no unnecessary explanations. Explanations and backstory are woven into the narrative, rather than dumped. His suit, the golden armor - it's never really explained how it works. He just accepts it, and so you do.
There were some sections that were a bit predictable. He went through his list of contacts, looking for help, and it was pretty clear to me that each visit was going to end up in destruction and with him leaving. That didn't last long though. I didn't expect the turn it took when he learned the truth about his family.
Overall a fun book, quick read. I would read more of his work. ...more
The Retribution is a suspenseful, gripping thriller. The serial killer Jacko Vance was one scary villain. His ruthlessness, his methodical approach toThe Retribution is a suspenseful, gripping thriller. The serial killer Jacko Vance was one scary villain. His ruthlessness, his methodical approach to his vengeance, and how well he knew those he sought to take vengeance on came together to create a truly scary killer.
However, there were a lot of characters minor characters I found easily blended together. Or rather, they didn't distinguish themselves from each other much. They were generally one of the crime investigation team members. Occasionally, the author would try to hint who the killer was after by describing them or where he was, but I couldn't tell by the description who they were talking about. I'm not sure if this was because it took me a while to read (only because of time constraints and not because of the book) or because of a lack of connection with the characters.
The other thing that bothered me was the tendency of the author to head-hop. Sometimes it would only happen at the very end of the scene. Other times, the narration would slip into another character's head midway through, then return to the original character's point of view. Head-hopping never fails to be annoying and confusing.
With those two problems, this potential four-star story dropped down to a three-star. And yet, it left me wanting to know more about the main characters. And if the author can create such a suspenseful story and gripping villain, I'd read others in this series....more