Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words
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“C.S. Splitter is a businessman living in rural Maryland with his beautiful wife, small dog, and astonishingly large cat.”
He is the author of the Crayder Chronicles. This book is the first of the series and The Willing, the second in the series, is now also available. For more, visit his blog.
“Tom’s problems are not unique. His business is failing and his wife has to work too many hours to make ends meet. He is under some rather large financial pressures and wants more from his marriage and his life.
He finds his respite in the air as a private pilot. Unfortunately for Tom, he is behind on payments for his plane and is forced to take odd jobs from a local crime boss. Tom is no criminal, but the errands he is running are just slightly on the wrong side of the law and the money is almost good enough to allow him to make his plane payments.”
The Relucant is a deceiving book. It starts out looking like an action-adventure story that could continue in that vein, or possibly take a turn and become a cautionary tale with the protagonist’s life spiraling out of control based on arguably questionable decisions. Instead, it does something different. Or maybe not. How the decisions the protagonist, Tom, makes in this book will play out in the future aren’t entirely clear. But at least in this book, they lead to more action-adventure and many tension filled moments.
Adult language and some mild adult situations.
As the first of the series, this book can (maybe obviously) be read as a stand-alone. For those who might be concerned, it comes to a satisfying ending without any cliffhangers, although with a clear picture of where subsequent books in the series are headed.
A small number of typos and copy-editing misses.
Rating: **** Four stars