Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: COURAGE RESURRECTED by R. Scott Mackey

Ray Courage has received a startling message from his wife. The problem was that his wife died in a fatal car accident 13 years ago. What’s going on here? Who sent that message, that strange, bone-chilling message?

I was instantly lured by the gripping introduction as questions tickled my mind. Could the wife still be alive? And why would she think that Ray tried to kill her? What really happened the day that she “died?” This then provokes Ray to investigate.

It would seem that the wife’s apparent death may have had something to do with the custody battle of a web domain and the lynches of a Russian mafia. Of course, I failed to see the connection in all that. It almost felt like this all deviated from the “dead” wife, but I had to trust that the author would make something from this labyrinth of cryptic clues and superfluous storyline.

Courage Resurrected is a complex mystery thriller that both stimulates and lulls the reader. While riveted to discover the whereabouts of the wife and who is behind all those perplexing emails, you are also quelled by the intricacy of the case, which, like a ripple, largely spans out into less prominent and more ambiguous forms. I mean, who were Mastrov and Lobo? What could they possibly have to do with what happened to Ray’s wife? And what’s up with “Crazy Zebra Way?” Frankly, all the confusion pacified what started off as a compelling mystery read.  The story was well-written for the most part, but I just wasn’t that excited with it.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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