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Straits of Fortune (book)

4 Ratings: 0.5
Action Thriller by Anthony Gagliano

   Gagliano's debut crackles with the same energy that characterized Robert Crais's early Elvis Cole novels. Jack Vaughn, a disgraced New York City cop, has moved to Miami and become a personal trainer—"a gym rat for hire." … see full wiki

1 review about Straits of Fortune (book)

A Good First Book

  • Mar 6, 2009
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This is the first book by a new author who has an interesting first person way of writing. He writes in first person using the character Jack Vaughn, an ex-cop now a personal trainer living in Florida. Jack sometimes does some unusual sidework and is asked to sink a yacht by a former client, nicknamed the Colonel. There is a catch in that the yacht also contains a dead body of an ex-friend of Jack's, whom Jack's former lover (Vivian) apparently killed and the Colonel wants all the evidence to go away. The Colonel tells Jack that he wants nothing to be tied back to him or his daughter and nobody would ever tie Jack to what happened. For Jack's trouble he will get 100 thousand.

Jack agrees to do the dirty work but immediately suspects something more is afoot when he is acosted by Williams, the Colonel's "Nazi-type" bodyguard. When Jack does the deed he finds out that there is a lot more on the yacht than the Colonel led him to believe and then Jack is hunted by the crazed Williams and has the police after him too. The book moves fairly quick and you are at the end before you know it.

I liked the book and it was a good first effort. Why I didn't give it the full five stars are because:

- It seems a few times like the author tells the story assuming the reader already know things but then later realizes that he left out some things and then throws them in.
- Too many things happen by coincidence. Jack is arrested and sent to a jail where the lead cop's ex-wife just happened to be someone who trained with Jack and she just happens to be a lawyer. Jack contacts her to get him out of jail and she just happens to be related to the dead man on the boat that Jack sunk. Some FBI agents just happen to come to the lawyer's house when Jack is there and just happen to be talking to the lawyer about the dead man, who they are investigating.

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