4 out of 4 stars
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Friendship City by Carl H. Mitchell is a fast-paced thriller that will captivate you until the very end. The story takes place in the year 2058. The United States of America has gone through many changes from current day. The story begins with Nick Garvey, an NYPD detective, traveling on Air Force One to New York City. His partner, Detective Tim Branson, and his Captain were both shot. His Captain was killed; however, his partner is still alive and may have some answers. This investigation leads Nick on the path to discover a network of villainous activity targeting innocent people. Nick uses his trusted contacts and works closely with the President of the United States, Lenora Allison, to track down the criminals involved.
The setting for a large part of the story is Friendship City. This city was created by joining Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico into a self-governing unit. The citizens of both municipalities felt that they would be stronger together in the face of the villainous World Council. Although it is believed that the World Council is inactive, they wanted to prevent future attacks from this villainous group. When citizens of the United States begin showing symptoms of a man-made plague, could the World Council be behind it? Nick Garvey, President Allison, and their network of investigators race to find answers in time to save innocent lives.
There was nothing I disliked about this book. The action is fast-paced and filled with mystery. It kept me guessing until the end. What I liked most about the book was the character of Nick Garvey. He is intelligent and multi-dimensional. He is a family man, and the safety of his family is always in his thoughts as he progresses in the investigation. His daughter is in a coma in the beginning of the book. He expresses internal conflicts about when she comes out of the coma. They had a complex relationship before she became comatose. She blamed him unfairly for incidents in the past. He worried that she would hate him when she regained consciousness. Readers can empathize with his dilemma. He wants her to come out of the coma and get better. However, he doesn’t want her to continue to hate him.
The villains in the book have backstories that explain their motivation. This was an interesting dimension to the book. The villains were not flat, evil characters. Their plans were complex and devious. Much of the action of the story takes place in Houston, New York City, and Friendship City. The author describes the settings vividly for readers. Friendship City has its own ‘Bill of Rights and Obligations,’ and the author has included a copy of it in the appendix. I enjoyed reading this additional information. It added detail to the story.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy fast-paced novels filled with action and adventure. It would also appeal to readers who enjoy a good mystery. I only saw one error in the book, so I believe it was professionally edited. For the reasons stated, I give this book a rating of four out of four stars. I really enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to future books by this author.
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