Author: James Warner
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
First Published: 2011
Page Count: 190
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
After a flurried beginning, this fast-paced book hits you again and again with clever wit and unpredictable twists and turns.
*Beautiful representation of northern California/ Nevada *Plenty of humor *Wild plot
*Storyline a bit choppy *Shaky beginning
“When life changes you, you have to adapt.” Libertarian and gun loving venture capitalist, Cal Lyte, is hit with the upsetting news that his ex-wife, Tabytha, has plans to collect alimony to fund her upcoming political campaign. While searching for a way to blackmail his way out of paying any of his hard-earned money to his ex-wife, Cal and his daughter’s boyfriend, Reid, unearth some dirty secrets from Tabytha’s past that will alter everyone’s life.
As someone who has grown up in northern California, I have to start out this review by complimenting the picturesque and accurate descriptions of so many well-known and lesser known places in northern California. This book has a great story but its representation of northern California alone make it a worthwhile read for those that know the area. It’s great to see Silicon Valley and the Bay Area as the setting for any TV show, film, or book, so seeing it so well represented in this story really added to the book’s appeal for me. The setting aside, the story is filled with dry humor about everything from politics to the behavior of the stereotypical American citizen. The wit from the characters flows well with the wacky plot which constantly turns the story on its head as new discoveries are made and wild events occur. There is a certain point in the book where the story just turns on a dime and the reader gets pulled into the fast-paced plot. Until you reach the last page, you are hit with explosion after explosion of plot twists which make for a very enjoyable read.
The fast-paced movement of the story really comes together in the end, but at the beginning of the book, it made for slightly choppy reading. I suppose I had to get used to the in your face way that the events in the book are presented, but in the beginning it made it feel like the events were just thrown together without time to let the reader take in what is happening. The only time the pace slowed was during the descriptions of the setting, which brought a welcome pause. Up until a certain point in the novel, the story feels like it jumps all over the place while trying to get in all the information about the characters and their past.
I was a little weary at the beginning of the book, but as I said, you reach a point in this book and the plot swerves on track and sets up for a great read. There are so many things that are done well in this book and there is a great story buried under an awkward start. I would definitely say that this book has some characteristics that set it apart and make it a novel worth checking out.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.