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SCREAMS & Whispers

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a novel by Randall Peffer

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Author: Randall Peffer
Genre: mystery and suspense,
Publisher: Tyrus Books
Date Published: 07-26-11
ISBN: 9781935562368
1 review about SCREAMS & Whispers

"Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely." The Land Before Time

  • Sep 14, 2011
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2 1/2 stars.

Cape Cod former public defender and current fisherman, Michael Decastro, gets a message from Tran, Tuki Aparacio's half-brother, that she's in trouble in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tuki is the daughter of a black American serviceman and a Vietnamese woman. She's lovely with her dark skin and Vietnamese looks and is working as a nightclub singer. She's also worried that The Dragon Lady, an underworld figure, is looking for her and the Hart of Warriors, a ruby worth millions of dollars.

It is obvious that the author spent a great deal of time researching and writing this story in such detail. However, I found the characters to be uninteresting and one dimensional.

I also found the logic of the action to be odd. Michael Decastro has just been jailed in Cape Cod for a possible suicide attempt while drinking at the start of the story. However, he drops everything and travels to Vietnam.  Would a heavy drinker and a borderline person with psychological problems do this?

Michael asks his father, Caesar, to accompany him. Caesar was an old Military Policeman in Saigon in the war and against all odds, he finds the bar girl he lived with forty years ago and she still loves him.

Told in the third person, it was difficult to feel the character's motivation and to know what went on in their hearts.

Lastly, I found the antagonist, The Dragon Lady, to be too unpredictable. At times she would be a hard, underworld character and take action against the people Tuki loved or even to strike her. Other times she was tender with Tuki. I felt this was out of character.

Many books are worth taking the time to read slowly and appreciate what the author is trying to say but not so in this book.  The premise of the story is solid and I do feel that the author has a story in him that could be better in the future.

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