3 out of 5 stars
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Eternal Victim by Ed Adams is a book on bullying, revenge, love, drug, and high-profile crime. The book tells the story of Mickey Warren, who had been a bully at a younger age. Those he bullied and oppressed, more than twenty years later, are back as trained assassins and serial killers, ready to take out their revenge on him. Mickey becomes friends with Harry Fleet, a drug lord who has gently worked his way up the London crime network. Mickey's life is about to be snuffed out by a revenge plan that will perfectly kill all of Mickey's friends, families, and business associates before coming for his cruel, tortured death.
Meanwhile, Jason Warren, Mickey's son, falls in love with Anna, the only daughter of a Russian Mafia leader who will consume the entire family of anyone who poses a threat to his life. He perceives Jason as a threat to his life, and his killer instinct is activated. It seems Jason Warren will die from the bullet of cold revenge or from that of love.
There are a few positive aspects of the book. First, the author's use of suspense is superb. For example, the tool was employed in holding the reader as to the identity of the serial killer. Second, the plot twist is interesting. Sometime in the book, one will think that the killer has been killed, only to find out that the killer is still alive. Third, the author did a very good job on his characters, making his readers feel empathy for them. For example, one would feel extremely sad at the death of one of the characters and her unborn child. Also, one would release a breath one never knew one had been holding at the coming back of Mickey Warren.
There are also a few negatives about the book. First, the author did a bad job with the use of flashbacks. It was really difficult to realize when a series of events happened before the birth of Jason Warren. One will hardly keep tabs on when Kaitlin Warren was married. Second, the events in the story were not properly separated. For example, on page 17, the event involving Mickey is not adequately separated from the event involving Harry. Next, even though the author had the right to end the story as he pleases, there are still some significant details that were left out that would have been great to resolve. For example, one would wonder at the end how Sergei saved Mickey and how he was able to successfully pull the suicide stunt. Also, it is necessary to have resolved what eventually happened to Tommy, who was acclaimed as being a psychopath. Another negative with the book is that it seems to have made the criminals the heroes at the end. For one, there was nowhere it was shown that Mickey was deeply sorry or had made steps toward correcting the evils he did while growing up. Also, it seems there was no punishment for the characters for all the crimes they committed and the drugs they did. Is the author promoting crime, drugs, and other illegalities?
There are only a few errors identified in the book. This shows the level of care that was taken to edit the book. With this and based on the negatives identified above, I will be rating the book 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to all lovers of suspense fiction.
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