I’m so excited to discuss with you my thoughts on Ricochet. A book I read recently and today is my stop in the blog tour.
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Without further ado, let’s start with the details about the book.
Synopsis provided by the publisher:
Brenda Roseberry’s youth was fractured with personal loss and sexual assault. In response, she’s trained her body through rock climbing and Isreali martial arts. Her genius at engineering tends toward the devious: she invents technology that allows her to see through walls, along with bulletproof clothing and specialized grenades.
Brilliant, fearless, and eminently disturbed, Brenda is ultimately recruited by Special Crimes Response And Mitigation—SCRAM. And so begins her daring pursuit of white-collar crime, fringe terrorist conspiracies, and anyone deserving of her unique brand of draconian justice.
Her only real friend is a notorious MS-13 gangster named Pucaso. He’s got a crush on her but that only makes Brenda deride him and loathe herself. Still, she relies on his help, whether she’s in Belize to wipe out the server farm of a corrupt hedge fund, or on Maui to take on the poisonous executives of a giant chemical company. Brenda treats wrongdoers like insects—the kind that need extermination.
Author – David A. Kennedy
Title – Ricochet
Publisher – Acorn Publishing
Publication date – November 6th, 2018
Pages – 353 pages
Price – 3.93$ (kindle)
Version – ebook*
Genre – Adult/Thriller
Trigger Warning – violence, abuse, abductions, mention of rape, murder, death, drugs, mental illness
Language – English
My Rating – 📖📖📖📖
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Dave is a guidebook writer/publisher turned novelist. He began rock climbing around 1984, which was a “logical” extension of hiking, camping and backpacking since boyhood. After his first article on climbing in San Diego’s back-country was published in Rock & Ice magazine, he created the San Diego County Climbing Guide, which proved extremely popular. Next came San Diego Adventures: Classic hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. In 2007 he completed and published a second edition of the climbing guide, which vividly detailed over 2,000 routes.
Subsequently, he embarked on a fiction-writing odyssey, producing sci-fi novels and short stories “rather unsuccessfully” in terms of publication. He finally found his proper voice in 2017 when he wrote Ricochet, an intense modern-day thriller about a young female vigilante. Upon its completion, he learned about Acorn Publishing while attending the 2018 Southern California Writers’ Conference and was signed by them shortly thereafter.
David is also an accomplished horticulturist. He became interested in tropical plants called Bromeliads in 2010, which quickly turned into a passion. He is an active member of the San Diego Bromeliad Society, and has won “Best of Show” awards in their annual show multiple times. His Tillandsia collection is considered one of the best in the region. For many years he and his wife Debbie have been chief volunteer caretakers of the San Diego Zoo’s Kent Bromeliad Garden.
Becoming a novelist is the realization of a lifelong dream. David loves the process of storytelling, of waking up each day well before dawn and diving into the art of making words come together in a way that appeals.
Everybody who knows me knows that I can’t say no to a thriller book. Especially not with a cover like Ricochet. I know, never judge a book by its cover but we all like and want things that are aesthetically pleasing! And so I had to fill out the form to participate in this review-only tour. And boy, that book didn’t disappoint me. Some parts were pretty freaking me out but they were the parts that made me love the main character so much. Even though some parts are pretty sick! And I can’t even tell you what’s happening in these parts because then I would spoil the whole book for you. Plus we don’t want that to happen!
But now, without further ado, let’s start with the actual review!
# What I liked
I don’t want to spoil everything so I’m tellling you only the technical things that I liked or didn’t.
First of all the writing style was great. I found myself to be engulfed by the novel like immediately after the first few sentences. I had absolutely no problems getting into the story and even though I didn’t like the novel as much at the beginning as I did towards the end, I found myself being fascinated by it. The story is written in the third POV of Brenda so it’s pretty easy to get to know the main character and to understand Brenda’s actions better. Which is probably why I liked her so much.
The next thing I liked, was that it was action-packed. And I have to say that you get a lot of action in this book. I don’t even know if there were some parts or chapters that were not action-packed. For some people, it’s probably too much but for me, it was the perfect amount. I mean if you’re reading a thriller you want the action in the novel right? So too much doesn’t even exist in that case. At least for me!
I won’t say that the last few chapters where the reader got to know more about a secret organization was a plot twist. At least I wouldn’t classify it as a twist it was a bit predictable. But what I wanted to say is that I liked the whole story/plot. It’s kind of different to see a badass heroine as the main protagonist with a not so typical history than the typical male main characters in other thrillers.
The pacing was also fine. For me, it was the perfect pacing. The chapters were not too long, they had the perfect length and I was able to read this book at a quick pace.
# What I disliked
Some parts were probably a bit too gory. But it’s an adult novel so that’s fine. But if you’re not able to read such scenes I definitely wouldn’t recommend it to you, as it’s probably triggering!
# Favourite Character
Even though she was pretty insane, Brenda was by far my favourite character!
Overall this book was really good and surprised me in a lot of ways. If you’re a thriller fan and don’t mind more scary scenes that go into much detail, then I’d definitely recommend Ricochet!
And that’s everything for this review! Have you already read the book or do you plan on reading it soon? Please let me know in the comments below!
* An e-copy of this book was sent to me by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review!
The cover and information about the book and author were provided by the tour organizer!