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Skin Games by Adam Pepper
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Jan 08, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 28 to March 01, 2012

Maria knows they well kill her if they find her. They have killed her brother and father, burned the family restaurant down and are now after her. She needs to find refuge and pursues a man referred to as “Skin” to help her seek retaliation. She finds him and he recounts his personal story to assure her of his commitment and trustworthiness.

Sean O’Donnell, aka Shamrock, aka Skin tells his own unique story which is the essence of this book. When his rough Irish father left him and his Italian mother alone to fend for themselves he was forced to grow up fast. He was lured into a life of crime in order to help his mother financially and becomes embroiled in the mob. This life suits him and rolls along smoothly until he starts dating the mob boss’s daughter.

This first person account is enticing as the character of Sean takes us into his world of many dimensions and compels the reader to become absorbed in his life. His portrayal as a strong, loyal, trustworthy and yes even sympathetic character encourages you to have great sense compassion for him. All the characters are intricately defined and contribute to the complexity of the story. The constant banter between the characters is believable and enticing.

This story is an examination of loyalty, friendship, love, honor, greed and the struggle for power. The realistic characterizations of life in the mob filled with violence and betrayal keeps you deeply involved in the plot and anxiously waiting for more. SKIN GAMES is a fast paced, action packed wild ride to the disturbing depths of the mob that will command your attention.

This is the first book that I have read from Adam R. Pepper and will definitely NOT be the last.

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