Judge at the Writer’s Digest 2nd Annual Awards:
…I did love the scene setting in this one. The author did a great job of painting a picture and taking us on an incredible journey with Jack and Darlene. Jack is a great leading man. He’s clever and downright likeable. I loved his point of view and felt like I was right by his side from start to finish.
The author is definitely talented when it comes to characterization. And, while I enjoyed the plot, I wasn’t blown away by it. True, there was murder and mystery and action and dark thrilling details. But, really it felt a little been there… done that. And by this I meant that the whole underbelly of the drug cartel plot line has been overdone in recent years. I just didn’t feel a huge originality vibe on this this entry.
On the editorial side, it was mostly well done. No huge problems here. Keep an eye on repetitive phrasing and character mannerisms. I know that when you’ve written the same character in a series, that it is important to repeat his same mannerisms, but within the same book, you can overdo it to the point of distracting the reader.
All in all, a nice story and a talented author. I did enjoy it!