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The title of Do A Little Wrong comes from Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice “To do a great right, do a little wrong.”
After losing his parents at a young age, Kyle Royce has dedicated his life to finding the missing and the lost, those who cannot be found by conventional means. Funding his secretive Royce Foundation from the billion-dollar currency trading firm founded by his uncle, he lives a double life. Outwardly, he’s the epitome of the wealthy playboy, dating a procession of swimsuit models and driving flashy, expensive sports cars. That’s all a cover, though, for his real activities.
The story begins in Brazil, with Kyle and his colleagues reuniting a kidnapped child with his father, and quickly returns to the Foundation’s headquarters in New York. Their next case leads Kyle down a rabbit hole of conspiracies he could never have imagined when he agrees to look for a man everyone believed died when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001. The story builds to a thrilling climax, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing along the way, as Kyle pits his wits and his team of skilled operatives against the ultimate enemy.
From the very first line, Don Dahler hooked me into this story. Told in the first person from Kyle’s point of view, I slowly came to understand Kyle’s motivations even while some of his backstory remained an enigma - I’d love to know where he gained his fighting skills, for example. Even though Kyle lives in a world of unimaginable wealth, he comes across as both relatable and likable. With the best of motives, he bends and breaks laws in order to serve the greater good - in other words, doing a little wrong in order to do a great right.
While I found a very few spelling and grammar mistakes in the book, they certainly didn’t distract me from the overall story and indeed would very likely be overlooked by a reader less picky than myself. I’d love to read more of Kyle’s adventures; indeed, I could absolutely visualize this book as a movie or TV show. I imagined Ryan Reynolds in the lead role, though perhaps Don Dahler might envision him differently!
I’d highly recommend Do A Little Wrong to anyone who enjoys a good action thriller; fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series would thoroughly enjoy the read. I have no hesitation in awarding it four out of four stars.
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