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Young Matthew Walker is having a restless night. He cannot fall asleep when he sees a light pass by the base of his bedroom door. He wonders if there's a monster in the house or maybe his mind is playing tricks on him. Several years later, Matt is a teenager living with his grandparents. He possesses an unusual ability called psychometry. This gift could help Detective King and Doctor Bilston uncover the details surrounding the gruesome killing of a high-ranking official and also help to solve the mystery about the sinking of a ship and the disappearance of its crew.
Peter Mason is a billionaire with a notorious family history; he wants to build his own ballpark in Jacksonville, Florida. He is unwilling to let anything stand in his way. At the same time, a psychotic mob boss called Nicky “The Knife” Coltello has his own reasons for trying to prevent the park. How it all unravels is told in A Trace of Revenge written by Lyle Howard.
Almost from the start of the story, I felt as if I was taken for a whirlwind of a ride. The action and suspense started almost instantaneously. The plot development was excellent. The author introduced his characters into the story as if they were chess pieces in a game. In each chapter, another seemingly unrelated character or part was added. I really appreciated the way the author was able to seamlessly bring all aspects of the story together in such a skillful manner.
The story flowed in sync with the words and this created a well-paced momentum. The writing style was very engaging and the dialogues were interesting and not too long or tedious.
I did not find anything I disliked about the book. However, it does require another round of editing. It is an enjoyable and well -written book but the editing does not complement the book. There were a number of typos. In the second half of the book, at times when the characters were really discussing The Truman, it was continually referred to as The Intrepid.
Although it’s a relatively lengthy book, it is an engaging story that will maintain the reader’s attention until the very end. I gave it a rating of 3 out of 4. I deducted one point due to the editing errors. Readers who like a good crime thriller would really enjoy this novel. Those who prefer a more relaxing novel may not like this book. There was quite a bit of violence in the story, so this would be unsuitable for readers who prefer less violence in their stories.
A Trace of Revenge
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