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THE PULL OF GRAVITY

The Pull of GravityThe Pull of Gravity by Brett Battles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Brett asked me to read this & then write a review, he warned, not just me but others as well, that this book was different from his other books. Not a thriller. He was right. This was entirely different then his Quinn series (which I love), Little Girl Gone, & Here Comes Mr. Trouble. Different, but in a good way.

The story starts off with an introduction to Jay, who has returned to the Philippines & a part of his past that still haunts him. With a new life waiting for him, Jay has come back to sell his part in a bar where he worked as a papasan & where he hopes to find answers to the past. A past where he met a bargirl named Isabel who he forms a special bond with. More than with his other bargirls. Where Jay meets & befriends Larry, a customer who’s new to the Philippines bar scene; where the three form a friendship that will end in tragedy. Although these three people are not the only ones involved in this story, they are the main players in this tale of love, friendship, jealousy, betrayal.

Brett does such a wonderful job in describing the location & scenery where this takes place; I was immediately transported to it. I could imagine myself being there in the middle of Angeles City. Sitting in the bar he ran as a papasan. Watching the customers mingle with the bargirls & feeling like I was a part of the story. And then there are characters. The people that make this location & the scenery come to life.

I found these characters opulently written; full of color & life. I related to these people as if they were friends I knew. I was moved by their emotions, touched by their hardships, saddened by their loss.

This is a superb example of Brett’s adaptability as a writer. I love this new novel & though it is not fast paced & action packed like The Cleaner, it moved me. It will move you.

Thank you, Brett. I hope I get to read a few more like The Pull of Gravity.

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BECOMING QUINN (Jonathan Quinn #1)

Becoming Quinn (Jonathan Quinn, #0.1)Becoming Quinn by Brett Battles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jonathan Quinn, cleaner. Extremely good at his job in body removal & leaving no trace. I’ve loved Brett Battles’s Quinn series since The Cleaner was first published. I was hooked because I’d never read a book with this type of character or story line. Through each book in the series, you learn more about what Quinn’s job entails & the types of people that hire him. But I had never really given thought to how Quinn got to where he was. Until now.

Becoming Quinn, although it’s only a novella, is probably my most favorite of the Quinn books. I say this with some reservation since I really do love all of Brett’s books, but in Becoming Quinn we see a side of Quinn we usually wouldn’t see. We find a young man struggling to become a good cop. A cop torn between doing what duty tells him to do, or following his instincts when he knows his “gut feeling” won’t be believed by his superiors without solid proof. As we follow Quinn on his quest to find the truth, we find a believable character. One that we can sympathize with and relate to. It’s a wonderful story & gives the reader insight on how Quinn, well, became Quinn. I really felt for this character and the choices he has to make. And the ending, well, I can only say that I didn’t expect to have the reaction that I did. 🙂

If you haven’t read Becoming Quinn, you should. It’s a marvelous novella!

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SICK

Sick (Project Eden, #1)Sick by Brett Battles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brett Battles once again amazes me with his knack for a good story. I love his first series of books (Jonathan Quinn series) and Sick is different, but intensely engrossing. From the beginning, Battles has you hook, line, & sinker when the main character, Ash, wakes to find his wife dead, his daughter deathly sick, and his son, thankfully, alive. The story from here on out is a riveting page turner to find out why this is happening, not only to his family, but his entire neighborhood. As Ash delves furhter into who is responsible for this, he finds unexpected allies & you, the reader, will be surprised by the twists it takes.

This is definately a book you won’t be able to put down & will be left wanting more. Battles has happily surprised us with another facet of his writing abilities. I can’t wait to see what else he has in store for his readers!!

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