4 out of 4 stars
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Face and Justice is an aptly executed crime and murder story written by Brian George. It is the first book of the Dream Team Adventures series and follows the lives of some baby boomers, Barry being the main focus. Following a heartbreaking divorce and an induced demise of his business, Barry decides to leave Britain for Saudi Arabia to strategize on revenge for some merchant banks. The banks had earlier duped him, making his business to go bankrupt as a result of their machinations. Knowing that the banks are greedy and just driven by the desire to make exorbitant profits, without considering the clients’ welfare, he started to plan on how to turn on their innate drive.
Meanwhile, while in Saudi Arabia, Barry shares his adventures in a foreign country. He also walks us through his carnal exploits, foods, and interactions with people from different cultures and backgrounds. However, the main thing was to increase the “greed factor” of his enterprises to entice the merchant banks into revenge they would never forget. How will it turn out?
I liked Face and Justice, for it is excellent in all facets. The author shifts perspectives between the first and the third-person. When the narrative was in the first-person, it read like a memoir and made me have a deep personal connection with Barry. The story began by exploring Barry's childhood and it was, therefore, easy to understand what shaped his personality and the choices he later made in life. As per the execution, the feature that stood out the most was the author's great sense of humor and witty choice words, evidenced by how vivid and articulate his description of scenes and events were. More often than not, I couldn't help chuckling and bursting into laughter. Therefore, for those who love lighthearted reads, this is a must-read story.
Furthermore, I liked the pace of this novel. This story begins on a high, engrossing note that is altered exquisitely to capture readers’ attention and enable them to easily follow the storyline as well. In most part, I was glued in anticipation of the end. I'm accurate to say that this is the kind of book that, while reading, you don't notice the passage of time in most parts. Instead of feeling exhausted, you feel fresh and rejuvenated to read on more. Thankfully, the wrap-up was also expertly done and made me want to read the next book in the series.
My favorite aspect of this novel was the many valuable thematic areas it touched on. Through Barry, the author fosters egalitarianism among his audience, a form of free-thinking that encourages one to treat everybody equally and with respect regardless of their beliefs, race, or backgrounds. Also, by seeing how Barry fought his drug addiction, readers can be inspired to follow similar routes to extricate themselves from such kinds of addictions. For instance, although Barry's descriptions of his trip (hallucinations) with LSD is humorous in all dimensions, his resolve to quit the drugs after a series of drug-triggered manic depression and schizophrenia might encourage readers who suffer from the same to employ similar strategies. Those, and many more themes, made this novel not only interesting but also informative.
All in all, I didn't find anything to dislike about this book. I believe it was professionally edited since, in the entire book, I found just three minor errors. I'm, therefore, glad to award Face and Justice by Brian George 4 out of 4 stars. It is action-packed, engrossing, and entertaining to read. For fans of well-executed crime, murder, and adventure stories, I highly recommend this. Sexual content is explicitly captured, and there are instances of profanity. This, on the other hand, makes it unsuitable for the younger audience (children) or any other reader who may be affected by such.
Face and Justice
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