Genre: Short Story/Thriller
“New York City Detective Tristan Andretti crosses swords with deadly enemies in the hardest puzzle of his career.
With a beautiful fiancée and a promising, lucrative career in law enforcement, Detective Tristin Andretti was living the American dream. But like all dreams, it will come to end sooner or later. Only in his case, it ended in a nightmare when the unexpected happened, and he lost it all when a horrifying act of violence compels him to leave the force with an ashy, bitter taste in his mouth.
With his life crashing down around him, Tristin finds himself distracted both by his new client, Lucia Trenta—a spoiled, up-and-coming pop star with a skewed, narcissistic view of the world—and a dangerous situation that puts her life in danger.”
“Bradley Campbell is a tattooed sci-fi enthusiast, hopeless romantic, fiction author, and self-proclaimed geek who is on a lifelong mission to inspire his readers through the infinite power of suspenseful, paranormal, dramatic, and oftentimes love-infused storytelling.”
In theory this is the first short story that, based on the “(Book 1)” in the title is the start of a series. In reality, it’s part (maybe half) of a story. We’re introduced to some characters and a bit of their backstory, but it is not a complete story. The writing is okay and the characters are intriguing. The characters meet each other, we can see how an interesting and entertaining story might develop from there in a few different ways, and then … we’re left hanging. If there is a point to this first installment in the series, it eludes me. Book 2 doesn’t exist yet, so I can’t guarantee the author knows either. Leaving an audience wanting to know what happens next is okay, to a point. But not until you’ve actually been told a story with a full story arc. Building up to no pay off in Book 1 is how you insure readers don’t bother with Book 2.
Some adult language.
No significant issues.
Rating: *** Three Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 8-9,000 words