YMAA Publication Center was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book for the purposes of reading and reviewing it. Although it was provided to me at no cost, I am under no obligation to give a positive review.
It’s always interesting when you take an author who is well-known in his specific industry for his non-fiction output, as well as his knowledge of his particular bailiwick, and have him put out a novel. Just because the author knows his business, so to speak, doesn’t mean he can write fiction.
That said, I really enjoyed this book by Loren Christensen. He has created a character, Sam Reeves, that you care about, you sympathize with, want to do well, all the levels you want. Reeves is strong and yet not superhuman. He’s very human and fallible, and yet manages to somehow do what needs to be done. Of course, as you would expect from someone with Christensen’s real-world credentials, the police and martial arts details are spot-on and very believable, with just a hint of mysticism to keep it interesting.
I also like Samuel and Mai, and can’t wait to see where Christensen takes them all in future novels. At least I hope there will be future novels, as I will certainly be reading them.
My only quibble, even though the title itself should reflect the bad week that Reeves was having, is that it almost seemed like there was too much going on at times. It also reflects the downside of the first person narrative, as some loose ends get tied up without the protagonist’s first-hand knowledge, so those have to be explained by other characters.
That said, this is highly recommended for fans of martial arts, law enforcement or thrillers in general. You won’t be disappointed.
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)