Author: John Reinhard Dizon
Published: January 2014 by Black Rose Writing
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Nightcrawler is about the exploits of Sabrina Brooks, the heiress to the Brooks Chemical Company. Bree is trying to pick up the pieces after her father’s death, and is now in a position to live up to a personal commitment to use her resources to benefit the oppressed. She is intrigued by the notion of conducting a guerrilla campaign against drug gangs in New York City, and accesses top-secret archives detailing Government contracts for developmental research of chemical weapons. She uses her wizardry in chemistry to concoct weapons for her own use as a vigilante known as the Nightcrawler. NYPD undercover officer Hoyt Wexford becomes friends with Bree, and begins to suspect she knows the identity of the Nightcrawler. Her sudden interest in a series of terrorist attacks in the New York area makes him believe she may be investigating a group called the Octagon. He tries to follow her but is too late to prevent a showdown between the Nightcrawler and the mysterious Reaper. Hoyt rescues Bree and learns her secret identity, and together they plan to stop the Octagon once and for all in preventing a chemical attack in NYC on the Fourth of July. This is a pulse-pounding thriller straight out of world headlines, with an unforgettable heroine fighting impossible odds against fiendish arch-criminals. For suspense fans looking for some chick lit with international intrigue, Nightcrawler is one not to be forgotten. (Blurb from Goodreads)
I liked the idea of this book; a kick ass female super hero. Sabrina is rich and her father recently passed away, leaving her to decide if she should run his chemical company or walk away from it. She always liked the idea of law enforcement and she decides to use what she has available in the company to take down the bad guys, even if it is illegal. She throws on a suit as a disguise and calls herself the Nightcrawler. Throw in a little romance with a police officer trying to find out who the Nightcrawler is, and you have yourself a good story.
Nightcrawler was a pretty good read. I had a few problems with it though. The flow of the book felt a little choppy. Although I can’t quite put my finger on why, that’s just how it felt to me. Also, former terrorist attacks on the US were mentioned; 9/11 and the Boston Massacre. Now, it took me a few mentioning’s of the Boston Massacre to realize that the author was actually talking about the marathon bombings that happened last year. At first I thought he was talking about the actual Boston Massacre that happened in 1770, and didn’t quite understand the relevance. I can understand his confusion though, because after the marathon bombings the news called it that (Boston Massacre) a few times (I know, I’m from Boston.)
Overall though, it was a good story. Maybe if someone could do a re-edit and fix the wording (change massacre to marathon bombing) and help the story flow a little smoother, then it wouldn’t be good; it would be awesome.
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****