Official Review: Hands Across The Sea by Brian Cook

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Official Review: Hands Across The Sea by Brian Cook

Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 04 Aug 2015, 05:32

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Hands Across The Sea" by Brian Cook.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Brian Cook brings the faces behind the Office of the Sheriff (the Agency) to life in Hands Across The Sea. First, the author allows us to share and experience the joy with the deputies and command staffers we meet as they get promoted to higher positions. We are then taken back in time, where we meet an elderly man named Garrison Cottrell, the sheriff who single-handedly transformed the Agency which had once been regarded as "a laughing stock in the law enforcement community" to the best in the country. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease spells the end of Cottrell's illustrious career, and now the time has come for this iconic figure to step down and pass on his torch.

Brendan Callaghan, handpicked by Cottrell to be the 17th sheriff of Vasco, is but one character in a book filled with more than a dozen different storylines. The sheriff is concerned about fluctuating crime statistics that "dip and spike in all the wrong places". Powell, who just became a commander, carries knowledge of a female deputy "servicing" a fellow commander. Meanwhile, Cottrell takes a dab at spiritual healing, something he doesn't entirely believe in, to help with his disease. The list goes on and on; overall though, this novel is about strong family and friendship bonds in a work environment filled with conspiratorial colleagues pushing forward their own clever agendas.

This is a phenomenal novel which sketches the personalities of a wide cache of command staffers all the way from the sergeant to the Sheriff and his Three Wise Men. The realistic politics provided by this dialog-driven jewel of fiction is the first in a literary saga which promises to be nothing less than exceptional. Divided into fifteen parts, all of which centers around their own individual themes, this novel promises to captivate readers with all the elements necessary for a novel in the other fiction genre to be great.

I admire everything Cook has done with this book. I found it so easy to follow that I merely reread certain paragraphs because they deserved a second look. Humor is supplied in abundance. The dialog might make up most of this book, but without it, I don't think I would've enjoyed this novel as much. With a pleasing narrative voice inserted here and there, this book had me nodding, smiling, contemplating, and giggling like a chat slave all the way.

Hands Across The Sea is a long read; in other words, if big books are not your thing, try the shop across the street. This book will give readers a new look at the folk they see clad in blue. If you are in any way affiliated with law enforcement, you'll definitely love this book. Don't be surprised if you want everybody you meet to read it, either. My rating is 4 out of 4. That's a capital 4; that is, if such a thing is possible.

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Post by Jesska6029 » 14 Aug 2015, 15:09

I am not sure this book is my cup of tea, but I loved the review! I have a few friends who are police officers, so I will recommend it to them!
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Post by Tanaya » 14 Aug 2015, 15:34

As always, this is an excellent review! I was going to quote a line I liked, then kept coming across other great lines you wrote. So I just gave up.
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Post by gali » 15 Aug 2015, 02:40

Great review! I am glad you enjoyed the book.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

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Post by bookowlie » 15 Aug 2015, 17:57

Hey Leon, I love your review! When you enjoy a book, you do a great job of showcasing it for potential readers. Nice job. :)
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 15 Aug 2015, 22:09

Wow! Great review, and this seems like an amazing book!! Good job to the author!

Your review did a good job of conveying your passion for the material!!

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Post by markit1216 » 16 Aug 2015, 07:19

looks like an amazing book

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 17 Aug 2015, 02:30

Wow guys! I'm like blushing here reading all your comments. Tanaya, bookowlie, zeldas lullaby, gali, Jesska6029, markit thank you x 100!
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 17 Aug 2015, 10:53

You're welcome! :-)

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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 18 Aug 2015, 11:51

@bookowlie

This book is like Once In A Blue Year - long long long long long long long but very fun to read. I think my brain froze on more than a few occasions.
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Post by bookowlie » 18 Aug 2015, 11:56

Glad to hear the book was a fun read. As for Once in a Blue Year, I wouldn't characterize it in the same way. Instead, it was slow-moving, but I don't know if I would go so far as to say "long long long long long long long long". Maybe just 3 longs - ha ha ha.
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 18 Aug 2015, 12:49

Haha. As for long reads, I don't think I want to read another one anytime soon. Had to take a long break from reading after I did this one. Brain overload warning brain overload warning...
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Post by hsimone » 18 Aug 2015, 14:10

This is a wonderful review Leon! I'm not sure if this a book that I would pick up on my own, but after reading your review, I might want to give a try. It sounds like you really enjoyed it! I like long books sometimes, especially if they are entertaining. Thanks again!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 18 Aug 2015, 14:27

@hsimone Thank you for the kind words, hsimone. I don't necessarily go out of my way for long novels, but so far I've never read a bad one.
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Post by ananya92 » 22 Aug 2015, 09:14

Excellent review, Leon! The book seems quite interesting.

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