3 out of 4 stars
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Marv drives a vintage car – a 1956 Cadillac – and is involved with a clandestine group of ex-military mercenaries led by his former commander. The Pink Lizard is a bar that serves as a front for a “nefarious business of providing mercenaries to those that could afford to hire them.” Saunders Pearson, the mercenary who owns the bar, is a hardliner “who had closed off his heart, denying himself of ever having a relationship longer than a one-night stand.” Surprisingly, the members of this group become the good guys when a multibillion-dollar corporation decides to buy most of the town to dig up the land. Why would they be doing this? Can this gang of mercenaries find out? Above all, could they stop the greedy outsiders from ruining their town?
In The Purple Cadillac’s of the Pink Lizard, written by DR Novielli, readers follow the unveiling of “a mystery that had traversed hundreds of years.” The protagonists are up against Baldric Geovanni, a billionaire who believes that a rare mineral and a fabled blue flower could be the miracle cure for his father’s Alzheimer’s disease. Baldric intends to wreak havoc on the town to unearth these elements, which were buried there long ago.
This book was a pleasant surprise. I was positively impressed with the author’s mode of expression. He is an outstanding storyteller, and his prose is well crafted. I particularly liked the description of characters and settings. I could vividly picture the decadent ambiance of the bar and the mercenaries’ demeanor. The dialogues are also well worded and witty. Furthermore, the author manages to create and maintain a good deal of suspense throughout the story, and this kept me hooked.
Additionally, I appreciated the novel’s female characters. I thought that Petal and Jessie got well developed by Novielli in the book; their romances with Marv and Pearson (respectively) get nicely woven into the plot. Veronica Dontino, Pearson’s ex-wife, is also a multi-dimensional character. Pearson and Veronica’s banter made me laugh.
Overall, this was a fast and entertaining read, and I think it would make a good movie. Unfortunately, there were numerous spelling, punctuation, and grammatical mistakes that detracted from the book’s overall quality and appeal. The deficient editing was the only aspect I disliked, and for this reason, I am taking a star away from the rating. Therefore, I give this novel 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to readers who are fond of action thrillers. However, be advised that it does contain some non-borderline profanity.
The Purple Cadillac's of the Pink Lizard
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