Thursday, April 14, 2011
In the first of an exciting new series, Donovan Creed, former CIA assassin and a smart-aleck tough guy with a heart of bronze, faces his biggest challenge ever.
While pursuing a budding romance with the beautiful Kathleen Gray, Creed stumbles upon a plucky, but horribly burned, little girl named Addie Dawes. Creed's suspicion about the fire that killed Addie's family puts him on a collision course with crime boss Joe DeMeo, in what soon becomes an issue of kill or be killed.
DeMeo, a relentless killer who will stop at nothing to protect his empire, targets Creed and his loved ones for death. But Creed has plans of his own. Employing a bizarre cast of characters including a giant, a rival crime lord, an angry midget bent on world conquest, and a team of circus clowns, Creed goes on the attack, with hilarious results.
Due to my fascination with the Bourne trilogy, I had high hopes for this book – an assassin ridding the world of evil. Cool. That was the image I had in my head, and, for the most part, I was not disappointed. As far as the story line goes, Lethal People was inventive, complex, intriguing, exciting, and engaging. My hat’s off to the author who managed to take a familiar story line, good versus evil, and make it new. Unlike the days of old, though, the good were not always good and the evil were not always evil. Let’s face it; our hero of the story is a hired assassin. Granted Creed did start out working for the CIA, but when the money becomes too tempting, he branches out. Now he can be outsourced to the highest bidder. This makes him hard to like at times. Warm and fuzzy? Absolutely not. He does his job, VERY WELL, in a clinical, almost brutal fashion. And in the midst of all this, you see sparks of compassion, empathy, devotion and deep rooted love. At the start of this book, I had high hopes, as I said. Half way through the book, I was convinced I would never find anything likable in Creed. And when I finished it, I had come full circle. Creed can never be mistaken for a typical hero, but he is one, nonetheless. In his own way. Sort of. Did I enjoy the book? ABSOLUTELY. I look forward to the rest of the books in this series. What is an easy read? Not always. Was it worth it? You betcha!!!