1 out of 4 stars
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The Man With a Limp, published in 2018, is the first novel in a four-book series by T.M. Nugent. The second and third books, The Chameleon Returns and Charlie, are also available to buy now, while the fourth and final volume, Brooks McLaughlin, is due out in the near future.
Jack (we are never told his surname) is the owner of a beach restaurant in Santa Cruz, California. One day, a bearded, long-haired veteran of the war in Iraq walks in and introduces himself. This is Lucky. Injured by a bomb in the service of his country, he gets by with the aid of a walking stick and his faithful dog, Max. It is the start of an important friendship for both men. Their bond is cemented when, shortly after, Jack saves Lucky’s life when he is attacked by a ‘transient’ who tries to shoot him. The pair combine to thwart a terrorist attack during the World Triathlon event in Santa Cruz, as well as foiling the plans of a bomber with retribution on his mind in San Diego.
Realizing that they make a good team, Jack and Lucky set up a security business. Over the course of the next few years, they recruit a team of experts and take on a variety of cases. They work closely with the CIA, the FBI, and MI6. They take down domestic terrorists, middle-eastern terrorists, and even Irish terrorists. The two men also see changes in their personal lives over the years, with Jack marrying Jazz and Lucky hooking up with Carla. Lucky becomes a father. He also learns the truth about his own father, Brooks McLaughlin, someone with whom he has had little contact. He discovers that his father left a list of names, but what is the connection between this list and the deadly work of a character known as The Chameleon?
This book is error-strewn and muddled. I had noted ten mistakes before I had read the first three or four pages and things don’t improve as the book progresses. Words are misspelled or randomly capitalized. Names of characters get confused. On one occasion, Lucky is referred to as Lefty, while elsewhere the same character addresses a remark to himself rather than to Jack. Morse Code becomes Morris Code, while tears run down ‘checks’ rather than cheeks. There are structural errors as well. The story begins with Jack as the first-person narrator. A couple of pages into chapter three it changes to an omniscient narrator, with Jack relegated to the role of just another character. In chapter four, it switches back to Jack as the narrator, before he is once again demoted in chapter five and the omniscient narrator takes over again. That’s the way it continues. The various plots and action-sequences in the book are far-fetched and silly.
I am giving this book one out of four stars. It has certainly not been professionally edited. It is not suitable for younger readers due to the presence of a few steamy sex scenes, along with references to orgies and pedophilia. There are also a few curse words scattered around. The book falls into the action-thriller category, but I cannot recommend it to anyone, fans of the genre or not.
The Man With A Limp
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