Ethan Justice: Origins

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5 STARS OUT OF 5

My eyes went wide at the opening paragraph of the Prologue. On the second page, I actually sucked in an involuntary gasp.  Two pages later, at the end of the Prologue, I know that we have one psycho of a bad guy and I want to know how the hero – whom we haven’t even met yet – is going to survive this lunatic. And I want to know NOW!

Over the next several chapters the author introduces us to the hero, the heroine (yes, there’s a reason for using these terms, rather than the more euphemistic “protagonists”) and their supporting cast. Then the fun really begins.

There are several things about this book that really stand out.  First, the hero and heroine are genuinely good people, emotionally flawed but basically good of character.  And how their lives intersect with each other is a function of those flaws. Their intersection with the lunatic, however, is simply one degree of separation from one of the lunatic’s victims.

Secondly, the hero and heroine resolve their problems using the skills they already have and the resources they develop over the three days of the story. They do not suddenly become super-talented mentally or physically.

And thirdly, each character remains consistent within their basic nature from start to finish.  They either grow within that nature or deteriorate accordingly. At one point, near the end, I thought that the author had deviated from this standpoint with the lunatic (and you’ll know what I mean when you get there; it’s really obvious.) The bad guy was acting way out of character and I wondered if the author had just reached a point where he needed to finish the book and was just shutting it down.  Then, it dawned on me: Oh, no, this is exactly what the bad guy would do to survive.  Sure enough, two pages later, I’m smiling to myself, all pleased with the author for his way of progressing the situation.

And finally, the author gave us a hero and a heroine that are worth following into another book.  They are easy to like and yet conflicted just enough to know that future stories should be realistic and exciting. 

Disclosure – I received a complimentary copy of this book, but that did not affect my opinion of the book.

Review originally published on Amazon and Goodreads on August 11, 2013.

Cover art from Goodreads.

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