Thursday, July 03, 2008

Acts Of Nature - Jonathon King


Acts of Nature
Jonathon King
Signet

Thriller

In an attempt to get away from civilization, PI Max Freeman and Det. Sherry Richards take a vacation to Max’s secluded fishing camp. Located on the edge of the Everglades and devoid of anything approaching modern technology, the pair begins to relax. After several days, Max senses Sherry’s increasing restlessness and suggests a canoe trip to his friend’s fishing camp. This place is located in the Everglades, and the views are spectacular. Not to mention the physical challenge of rowing there.

Sherry takes his challenge in the spirit he intended, and together the two head into the Everglades, unaware that a massive hurricane has turned in its path. The storm is headed directly for them, and the two must ride out its destructive rage. The real challenge begins in the storm’s aftermath, when Sherry and Max must brave injury, a leaking canoe, two mysterious shooters, and a group of looters in order to survive.

The author clearly knows, loves, and respects the Everglades, and provides evocative descriptions. The two main characters, Max and Sherry, are part of a series, but new readers will have no problems jumping in here. The whole point is isolation, and this novel works quite well as a standalone. The plot is quick, and the pacing even. There are a few twists that even experienced thriller readers won’t expect. If you’re looking for the perfect summer read, look no further.

Rating: 7 ½
June 2008
ISBN# 978-0-451-22420-0 (paperback)

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