Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Starts Off With a Bang, Ends With a Whimper

Blood Island:  A Matt Royal Mystery by H. Terrell Griffin
(Adult Murder Mystery)

Matt Royal is a retired lawyer living the easy life in Florida.  One day, his ex-wife (and love of his life) shows up and asks Matt to help find her stepdaughter, who has disappeared.

So, I'm hooked.  At first, this book is a great read.  Matt is funny and intelligent.  The mystery is easy to follow but important enough to keep my interest.  I found myself drifting pleasantly along. 

Then, bam!  About 2/3 of the way in, the book changed completely, almost as if a separate author (one not nearly as good) took over and finished it off quickly and badly.  Being a budding writer myself, I know that, like gymnastics, the endings are the hardest to land but this ending borders on the bizarre.  It involves a rescus mission that is so implausible it's actually insulting to read.  There are Spec. Ops, doomsday bombs, religious cults taking over the world, terrorism, the President cowtowing to Matt's demands......WHAT is going on?

Turns out, a whole bunch of nothing.  This book was a huge waste of time.  Avoid it at all costs!

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