2 out of 4 stars
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Fault Line by T. L. Scott is a gritty account with distinctive characters. Bill and his friends are living with his parents, having come to witness Julie, Bill’s sister, exchange vows with her fiancé. The problem is, there is little to do in the sleepy town. Everything changes after a gunshot is fired a short distance from where the friends are conversing. They soon realize that war has followed them to the small town. Been the soldiers that they are, they rush into action, always alert and forever covering each other’s moves.
It is Bill who sees the culprit first, a drunken man holding a gun to a lady’s face. Despite the impending threat on her life, she does not cower and returns his glare and horrific laugh with a steady gaze. The man is determined and he is sure he wants to see her dead after the humiliation he thinks she caused him. This serves as the opening scene to a riveting narrative where the topics of drug-trafficking and human-trafficking are explored. The boys will have to battle a gang, not just any gang, but a well-connected one that has links with the authorities.
I liked that Fault Line had a blockbuster opening scene. After I familiarized myself with the characters, the action began. It barely stopped until the end. The exchange of fire that characterized many of the following scenes gave me the reason to continue reading the book and it held my interest to the end. However, as the plot unraveled, I would have liked to encounter less obvious criminals than those set in the beginning. There is little suspense along the way despite the heated scenes and fascinating subplots.
The flow and the development of the book are its greatest impediment. Some scenes do not connect to each other. In other places, little or no explanations are given which left me a bit confused. As a whole, the book comes together and with time I was able to connect the dots. Still, every part of any book should blend seamlessly into the storyline.
I loved the unique approach that T. L. Scott took in his book. Soldiers fighting crime in their homeland added an eccentric twist. The characters are well-defined at the beginning and their individuality was brought out to some extent. The bond they share was also evident.
Fault Line also raises awareness of drug smuggling and human-trafficking crimes which are predominant issues facing many nations across the world. I felt that this gave the book meaning.
Sadly, there were also many grammatical errors that affected the book’s quality. I rate Fault Line by T. L. Scott 2 out of 4 stars.
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