Number of Pages: 210
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 2 out of 4 stars
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Revenge, Trust, Camaraderie
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After being soldiers in Vietnam, four men make a pact to always be there for each other, no matter what. When the life of one of the four men, David, is threatened and his family is kidnapped, the four come together to seek revenge.
When crooked lawyer, Jim Wells, decides to target David, he does not understand the lengths that David and his friends would take to avenge the lawyer’s wrongdoings.
In the midst of all this, Officer Oliver Simmons tries to solve the recent attacks and severe deaths of some of the worst criminals. David couldn’t possibly be involved, right?
This is a read that I have mixed feelings about. There were moments that I thought were exciting, and then not so much. Then, there were a plethora of errors. Due to the amount of errors here, it took away from the pleasure of reading, especially as I was trying to figure what some sentences even meant.
First things first, the plot definitely had some peaks and valleys. There were moments when the four men had their revenge, and though kind of gross and a bit much, added to the intensity to the plot. However, long-winded dialogue and some backstories of secondary characters dragged the plot a bit. For instance, the officer Oliver and his story of dating a prostitute and the relationship they built did not add very much to the plot. On a more positive note, the plot was easy to follow.
Though it is easy to sympathize for David when his wife and daughter were kidnapped and horribly abused, many of the characters were not developed and was hard to feel anything toward them. Aside from David, Oliver, and Wells, it was extremely hard to keep track of the rest of the men in the story. They all had similar voices and blended into each other. Since there were so few women here, it was easier to keep track who was who.
Aside from the plot and lack of character development, there were so many errors. Highlighting the errors on my kindle, I counted nearly 200! That is way too many for any book. The names of characters were changed (i.e. Rachel vs. Rachael; Wells vs. Welles), homophones were used incorrectly (i.e. here vs. hear; your vs. you’re), and even the spelling of the metric system units were inconsistent (i.e. both meter and metre were used throughout). There was punctuation missing, incorrect words being used, and dialogue between two character in the same paragraph.
Also, there were several instances of odd phrasing or misused words. Here are some examples:
- “Friday week was too far away.” – loc. 1509
- “God what a sigh!” – loc. 2468
- “You’re going to be kidding me.” – loc. 2541
With this many errors, it is clear that this book was not edited well or even at all.
Overall, this potentially could have been a strong read, but with the flaws mentioned above, especially the lack of editing, I’m afraid I cannot give it a higher rating.
As a warning there are scenes of violence, violent raping, murder, and torture that may disturb some.