This thriller by author M. A. (Mel) Comley is another wonderful surprise. I've had it on my list of books to read for a month now (since February), and finally got around to it. I found it to be enjoyable on a number of different levels. It is jam-packed with suspense, and that delightful tingling feeling of anticipation, which we identify as, "intrigue". When a book is intriguing, we keep turning the pages rapidly, as we are hungry to know what happens next. We become aware of this characteristic right from the first sentence of the first paragraph of the first page: (Quote) "Fearfully, Charles Dugan searched his dark proximity." (end of quote)
As you read that opening sentence in the prologue, you have one of two options. One, you can put the book down, if you can...(I couldn't) Option two: You can continue reading because you are "intrigued", your curiosity is aroused, you want to know more. That describes my personal reaction perfectly: I was intrigued. Questions came to mind: Why or what was Charles Dugan afraid? Why was he in the dark? And from this moment forward you become increasingly engaged in the reading of the book, until time and awareness of your surroundings slip away, and you find yourself in another world, masterfully constructed by author Mel Comley.
As with all good books, we learn something about ourselves. The reading triggers a personal reflection. In this case, it is decision making. How do we make the big decisions in our lives? Based on logic and reason, intellectually, or based on the emotion of the moment, that which the heart and the soul yearns for, regardless of all else? This is a "let the consequences be whatever they wish to be" approach. As I said before, there is ample food for legitimate reflection in this book. Highly recommended for readers of the genre.
Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of How to Coach a Debate Team (Volume 1)
**I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.