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Collateral Damage

on September 13, 2013

Collateral Damage – Book Review

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My Rating:  3.5 stars

Three and a half stars

Synopsis:

When Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore? The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual. Annie’s problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it’s too late.

My Review

I have a love-hate relationship with this book.  There were things I really disliked about it and other things I really enjoyed, hence the reason I am awarding Collateral Damage a three and a half star rating.

First off – I dislike the cover.  The girl on the cover, looks pissed off and it’s almost like she is giving the readers the finger (am I the only one who did a double take???).

I liked that the chapters in the book were from the point of view of either Annie (the main character) or of Salvatore (Annie’s fiancé).  The book was fast paced and the reading was smooth through-out.

What I really disliked about the book – was the believability factor.  There were SO many things, that were way too far-fetched.  A few examples:

  • Annie’s ex-boyfriend breaks into her sister’s apartment, lies in wait for several hours and then emerges from a closet when Annie comes over to visit her.  It is also discovered that this same ex-boyfriend, Michael, was the masked person who attacked Annie on the street as she was jogging the previous day (Michael claiming it was all so he could put an invitation into her pocket to go to a reunion party with him).  If those aren’t two HUGE red flags that this guy isn’t playing with a full deck and to avoid him like the plague – I’m not sure what is.  Then Annie is stalked by Michael to her cabin hideout in the woods… so what does she do?  She decides to hop in Michael’s car with him, to drive for hours and hours… crossing State lines to go to his reunion party.  All of this, without Annie even going home to grab some clothes, grab a toothbrush or speak to her fiancé about the trip.  Seriously – who would do that???
  • At the reunion party, Michael’s buddy and roommate is murdered (in his bedroom, with over a hundred people present at this house party).  Michael is arrested for murder because his prints were on the murder weapon, which was his very own bayonet.  What does Annie do?  Plunks down $10,000 as a retainer for a lawyer.  This just hours after, she discovers Michael had stolen her engagement ring off her finger, then lets her stress and worry about it and then announces to the entire reunion party that THEY (Annie and Michael) are engaged and slips the ‘missing’ ring back on her finger.  (I don’t know about all of you… but that sort of behavior would creep me out).
  • After Annie and her friend June, are attacked, drugged unconscious, rolled up in carpet and thrown down a Florida sinkhole, where they are left for dead  – the very next day they are catering a charity event.

It was these types of things… the believability factor – that I just couldn’t get over, which was frustrating as a reader because the rest of book was really good.  The characters were interesting, the plot was fast paced and interesting.

If this author worked on the believability factor of certain things – I would have rated this MUCH higher.

So, if you don’t care that much about believability (like I do)…  and you like fast paced, modern who-done-its, you’ll love this book.

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About the Book

About the book: When Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears, she has to confront a lie dating back to her time in Iraq. Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore? The calculus changes when Michael is arrested for murder. When Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself. Meanwhile her sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an ass of himself than usual. Annie’s problems with three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her. Having changed his mind about helping her, Salvatore finds himself in a desperate race against time, the only man capable of finding the killer before it’s too late.

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About the Author

About the author: Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the widely-acclaimed Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and Collateral Damage. The books do not have to be read in order. Having lived in Switzerland for the past two decades, Brooke has taught English, run a business and learned French, German and Italian.

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5 responses to “Collateral Damage

  1. Dear Growing Up Little,
    This sound interesting. A women caught between 3 men, and other issues.
    I think sometimes far fetched works depending on the subject matter. Thanks for the review
    Anastasia

  2. Thanks for spelling out what you liked and what you didn’t. I read the second in Annie’s series, Zombie Candy, and just couldn’t stop laughing! Although that too might have had believability issues according to some, I think the farfetchedness is what made it so enjoyable. The comedy wouldn’t have hit the same highs otherwise, I think.. Thank you for joining us on this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads when you have the time. Also don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter and random commenter contests!

    Em 🙂

    • Thanks! Yes, I found the book enjoyable… a lot of it. But… I’ve always liked my books to have that ‘believability’ type factor to them too. But each reader is different. So… if that isn’t an issue for a reader – then this book would especially be a good read for them.
      That’s why I gave it 3.5 stars…. the main reason for not rating it higher than that was because of that believability factor. I’m sure a lot of readers would rate it higher if that didn’t bother them. But… I think I explained that pretty well in my review, so hopefully the readers that it will suit well… will be interested enough to pick it up. Cause it really was a fun and interesting story.
      I’ve already posted my review to both Amazon, Good Reads and even LibraryThing too!
      Thanks for organizing another great book tour. It was a lot of fun!

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