Official Review: PAWN by Barry Katz

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Official Review: PAWN by Barry Katz

Post by MsTri » 15 Jan 2019, 20:59

[Following is an official review of "PAWN" by Barry Katz.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Even though I do know the moves that each chess piece makes, I find it difficult to see potential moves far in advance and strategize, so I'm not fond of actually playing the game. Due to my failings, I also greatly admire those who are adept at real-world chess, the ability to think ahead and come up with a game plan on how they'll accomplish their goals. PAWN, written my Barry Katz, is full of people who have been plotting their long game, and I am still fascinated by it, hours after having finished reading it.

Jim Powers, Jr. has been planning the demise of his father's killers since Jim, Sr. was murdered years ago. The culprits, however, aren't content to just sit back and let Jim come for them. In fact, now they want the money that the older man left to his son. Meanwhile, a scorned woman is making moves of her own in her plan to check the people who have done her wrong. I don’t want to say too much here lest I give away any secrets. With other players on the board, it's anyone's guess who will attack who on their way to victory. There's also the question of just who is a pawn for who.

At its heart, PAWN was a book about revenge, and the revenge seekers played an intricate game that kept me glued to the edge of my seat. Though none of the players were deeply drawn, and I didn't actually like any of them, I was constantly breathless, waiting to find out who would come out on top. Would Jim get his vengeance? Or would he fail in his vendetta? What about the woman who was out for blood; would she be successful in her quest to give as good as she got? I felt that Mr. Katz did a superb job on keeping the suspense going and making me second-guess myself. Heck, I even third, fourth, and fifth-guessed myself! Just when I was sure that one person was walking a certain path or in league with another, I was proven wrong. This tome was so full of twists and turns that I started looking for "Winding Road" and "Sharp Turn Ahead" signs!

The author used clear language, writing plainly and without flourish, in a manner befitting such a book. I was also glad to see only a few grammatical errors, none of them distracting enough to pull me out of the story. There were some loose ends that left me wondering about a few things, but lacking that knowledge did not leave me lost; it was more along the lines of me being curious about a handful of details. The very end blew my mind as well, and I still haven't fully come to terms with it. With all things considered, I am happy to give PAWN 4 out of 4 stars.

This tome contains graphic violence and foul language, so those who don't care for either of these things will not enjoy it. Fans of chess and strategic writing will love it though. I also recommend this book to readers who enjoy revenge tales, not to mention stories that contain a lot of plot twists and changes.

It's been said that the pawn is the weakest chess piece. Well, this PAWN is definitely not the weakest piece in my library, and I really hope that Mr. Katz writes more books of strategic revenge.

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Post by kandscreeley » 17 Jan 2019, 09:09

I love the cover; it definitely draws me in. With your summary and so many moving pieces, I'll definitely have to read this one myself. I'm sure plotting revenge would be like a chess game, at least if you want to do it right. Thanks.
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Post by Ltbbreviews » 17 Jan 2019, 13:24

Loved the review! Can't wait to read.

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Post by Jessacardinal » 17 Jan 2019, 13:46

I do not know anything about chess, however, your review has intrigued me so much that I feel I just have to read this book! The plot sounds phenomenal.
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Post by Anthony__ » 17 Jan 2019, 21:32

I love how the cover was designed. Although I don't know much about chess, but from your review description, I did want to give it a try. Great review

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 18 Jan 2019, 00:24

Interesting! Pawn always makes the first move, and they can be change to any important character at the end of each barrier. Fascinating! Just as the game plays the play of revenge goes as well. Thank you for your valuable critiques!
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Post by Emmanuel samuel » 18 Jan 2019, 08:43

facssinating insight...the pawn is'nt always the weakest chess piece i'll agree on that.....much much enlightening

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Post by J_Lewis_V » 18 Jan 2019, 10:27

Sounds like an entertaining read. I enjoyed your review and will check out this book. Thanks!

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Post by kdstrack » 18 Jan 2019, 16:04

Great review! You successfully moved your readers like pawns. I want to read the ending!! Thanks for an expertly played review.

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Post by Itskai88 » 22 Jan 2019, 15:49

This is going to be a very intense read, watching everyone make a move and not knowing who will be knocked out will definitely cause a lot of tension. The author must be a very good strategist. Thank you for the excellent review.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 23 Jan 2019, 09:09

I know bits and pieces about chess though I am not an expert. The revenge plot sounds very intriguing, especially when more than one person is plotting. Sounds like an amazing read.Can't wait to get to it.
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Post by Willy 1 » 24 Jan 2019, 06:03

Chess, a game of patience and timing. The cover makes any reader interested in reading the book. I'd love to see if Jim will get his revenge over his father's killers. Good review.

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Post by Alvarez14 » 30 Jan 2019, 20:24

This isn’t something that I would typically read. It’s different. However I was interested when I read the review therefore I’m most likely going to read this book. Thank you!

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