Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sailor By Tom Epperson - Book Review

        Giana Cicala and her son are on the run from brutal mobsters who seem to kill everyone in their sight. Somehow, her luck changes when she meets a mysterious stranger named Gray while he changes her tire. 

        Much of the story focuses on Gray’s past and the tension builds as he forms a relationship with Gina and her son that may or may not last. In the meantime, we see the mobsters and a corrupt cop on their trail, getting closer to finding them with every step. 

         Epperson has created some edgy characters including the corrupt cop and mobsters.  Other characters in the book such as Gray’s friend have their flaws as well.   There are times in the book when you feel as if the bad guys are bumbling fools but that moved the story along for me.  

          One of the complaints that seemed common in the book is the writing.  Have to agree on that.  There were a lot of sentence fragments and the writing seemed awkward, making me wonder how this got past an editor.  I’m not one to complain about the writing but I was really surprised in many cases that this book was published because the writing seemed so awkward.  

            If you look on Kindle, you see that there were many big names who gave this book an excellent rating from Robert Crais, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and Eric Von Lustbader, yet there are only 31 reviews.  

            The book has a hard edge with a lot of brutal violence but to me in this case, the story becomes more riveting. It’s a tough book to put down although I could have done without the racial slurs. All in all, it’s a great noir thriller. 

             If you want a story with lots of action and suspense in a great good vs evil story, then this would be a good book for you.   It’s tough not to give this book four stars. 

Ron Hummer 

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