Official Review: For Luna by Don Abma

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Official Review: For Luna by Don Abma

Post by micoleon13 » 09 Jan 2018, 17:14

[Following is an official review of "For Luna" by Don Abma.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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For Luna is a fast paced, action packed, crime thriller by Don Abma. As the first book in the Chase Adams series, it has everything from Russian mobsters and corruption, to redemption and romance.

Chase has changed his career after a severe injury, from professional hockey player to successful private investigator. Pushed on by the memory of his sister, Luna, he focuses on helping those who have succumbed to the streets. However, what starts out as a night out on the town with his friends, gets turned upside down when he meets Lisa. Lisa desperately needs Chase´s help to save her sister, Julie, who has become entangled with the Russian mob.

As Chase is drawn further into the dark underbelly of the Russian mafia, he starts to realize how far their connections actually go. Everywhere he turns there is deceit and corruption. Utilizing his connections with the FBI, he must decide on his own who he can really trust, not only with his own life but Lisa´s as well.

Written in third person and based in New York, the story takes the reader all over the city. There is some good imagery used here with the dark mazes of the FBI mimicking the never-ending web of the Russian mafia, catching Chase at every turn.

The story focuses on Chase and Lisa, with the characters of Julie, and FBI contacts, Matt and Fontaine, playing a lesser role. Chase comes across as a good-hearted man, helping those lost on the street to drugs, prostitution, and abuse. He is driven by a sense of guilt from not being there to help his sister and tries to redeem himself through his work. Lisa comes across as a strong-minded woman, who would do absolutely anything to save her sister. The secondary characters are much more secretive in their motives and loyalties, which provides a nice contrast to the open honesty of Chase and Lisa.

The story itself was fast paced and it keeps the reader guessing right until the end. There were some serious subjects incorporated into the writing, such as drug abuse, murder, torture, and prostitution. While there were a couple of gory scenes, the author didn’t let the story get too caught up in graphic descriptions, which I appreciated.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of punctuation errors. Also, at some times the sentences weren’t structured as well as they could have been, with unnecessary repetition of words. Both of these things impeded the overall flow of the story. Due to this, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars, as it would benefit from another edit. I would recommend this story to any who like fast-paced crime fiction, and who aren’t affected by gory scenes. I find that in a lot of crime fiction I am able to pick the ending and I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case here, especially as this is Don Abma´s debut novel. A well-deserved congratulation to the author.

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Post by inaramid » 10 Jan 2018, 08:58

The cover made me think that this was YA. :) This sounds like something right up my alley, as it really reminds me of Tom Clancy's books. I might have to pass, though, considering the structural errors you pointed out. I hope the author releases a new edition.

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Post by Boypnet1 » 10 Jan 2018, 09:58

The review explains it all there is nothing again to talk about one of the best book.thanks to the author

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Post by Miriam Molina » 10 Jan 2018, 16:18

This is one up my alley. I hope Don Abma is able to improve on his Chase as the series goes along. I am only too happy to meet new PI's.

Chase is a great name for a hero on the run! Luna reminds me of the defunct TV detective series Moonlighting.

Thanks for the action-packed review, Micoleon13!

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 11 Jan 2018, 09:27

Thank you for the detailed review. had high hopes for this one until I learned that it contains multiple errors.
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Post by ashley_claire » 11 Jan 2018, 18:21

Professional hockey player to private investigator is quite the career change! I agree that this book sounds interesting but the errors are a turn off. Thanks for the nice review!

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Post by Kalin Adi » 12 Jan 2018, 16:53

The two main characters seem very well developed and quite relatable. I do not like gory stories, so it's good to know the author skillfully depicted the scenes without too much graphic descriptions. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Meyerhe » 12 Jan 2018, 23:38

This sounds like a read I would like to try out even if it does have some grammar issues. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your thoughts and opinions.

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Post by kandscreeley » 14 Jan 2018, 11:33

It's too bad about all the errors. I'm glad that the author doesn't go into too much detail with the graphic scenes. It sounds like it has quite a few elements. That makes for a wide reader base. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 27 Jan 2018, 01:18

Crime fiction is not my cup of tea. But it's good you enjoyed it. It is a very comprehensive review. Thanks
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Post by JusCally » 16 Feb 2018, 11:32

I find it hard to stick with books when there are numerous editing issues; I always, always notice them. If I'm line editing in my head it doesn't matter how explosive the plot is, I'm not going to be invested.

Thanks for the great review!

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Post by Kieran_Obrien » 18 Feb 2018, 11:54

Sounds like a enjoyable, if disposable story. Doesn't sound like there's much to set it apart from similar stories but that's not necessarily a bad thing - sometimes we just want an easy read!

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