4 out of 4 stars
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Betrayal In Blue (The Zachary Blake Betrayal Series Book 3) written by Mark M. Bello is a crime drama about Jack Dylan, a captain in the Dearborn, Michigan police department. He is also commander of the new anti-terrorism task force. Jack and his team pick up chatter on the dark web about a Sarin gas threat against the local police force and a Muslim mosque in their area. Thinking this is linked to a former attempt made by a known white supremacy group, he sets out with his dedicated team to prevent the imminent attack before it happens. Little did he know he would end up defending himself in court on murder in the 2nd degree. This book stands alone and you do not have to read the first two to enjoy it.
I liked how the author flipped the tables on Jack. He starts out chasing down the criminal and ends up being the accused. His team, which consists of Shaheed, Noah and Andy. As well as his lawyer Zachary, begin the race against time to prove Jack innocent. I also enjoyed the way the author highlights the constant clashing between the FBI, local police and the defense team. This part of the book is very believable. All the funny one-liner jokes the author put in the book was also something I found entertaining. I found myself laughing often because of them. It made a great compliment to all the serious action going on. The author does a wonderful job carefully describing the scenes. Mr. Bello clearly has done research on forensics and police procedures before writing this book. The trial is riveting and well written. The climactic ending is a definite cliffhanger with a twist.
I did not like the deliberate way the author used current politics to push the story. I do not think it is relevant for this book to be good. It only speaks to the political views of the author and was unnecessary. I believe by doing this the author will instantly turn off readers with opposite political views. Possibly losing them as a dedicated audience.
Betrayal In Blue is an awesome read. It will not disappoint the reader. The characters have good depth and are very easy to relate to. I earnestly recommend it to anybody that likes crime novels, complex drama, incredible action or legal thrillers. Because of the violent nature of the book, I would not recommend it to younger readers.
I was completely engaged all the way through and did not want to put the book down. The book was well edited. I did not find any errors. Because of the great storyline and how well the book was written, I rate this book a 4 out of 4.
Betrayal in Blue
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