4 out of 4 stars
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Most businesses have experienced difficulties adjusting to the effects of COVID-19. Since the pandemic hit the world in the year 2020, most government authorities have imposed lockdowns. Some business operations, such as those that require in-person meetings, have also been regulated. Business owners, especially those who took mortgages, have recorded significant losses. While trying to cope with the effects of the pandemic, these business owners are looking for every possible way to sustain the operations and the profitability of their businesses. For this reason, criminals have come up with creative ways to exploit these upstanding citizens and ensure they involve them in criminal activities. Fallout by Robert E. Marier is a fictional book that narrates how criminals have used this pandemic to corrupt several business owners.
Sydney Snider had laid a perfect plan for his three sons. He had acquired three restaurants and was planning to give each son a restaurant to operate. If managed well, the restaurants would ensure adequate cash flow for his family. However, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic affected business operations. Since he had taken a mortgage loan and used it to purchase the third restaurant, he was afraid the returns from the three restaurants couldn't help with the mortgage payments. As if this wasn't enough, the doctor later diagnosed him with pancreatic cancer. Later that day, he meets Ed Hatton, a financial advisor. After narrating his problems to this stranger, they part ways. He later received a phone call from someone who introduced himself as Joe. The caller informed him of a criminal dealing that would make him earn $500000 in cash. What kind of dealing is this? Will he accept the offer?
This book has one hundred and twenty-five pages. It is divided into thirty-five chapters. The chapters are very short, some having as few as two pages. The story is narrated from the third person's point of view and in the past tense. Although crime is the major theme in this book, there are some other minor themes, such as friendship and betrayal, family relations, and conflicts.
I liked several things about this book. First, the author did well in developing the characters. They were so relatable. For instance, it was very hard to love or hate Sydney Snider. His dilemma was relatable and understandable. Second, reading this book felt like watching a movie. The vivid description of events and people made me get a clear picture of everything. Sometimes, I even felt like I was there, especially when the FBI agents were brainstorming and struggling to solve the cases. Third, this story has so many twists and turns. When I started reading it, I thought it was about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on various businesses. But then it escalated to an action-packed investigative novel. Since I didn't find any grammatical errors, this book was exceptionally edited.
There isn't anything I disliked about the book. I, therefore, rate it 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to those who like books about criminal investigations and mystery Solving. I can't think of any groups of people who won't enjoy reading it.
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