Book Reviews

Death and Destruction (Death and Destruction 1) by Patricia Logan at Westburg Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-January-2018

Book Blurb

Forced to go into witness protection, ATF Special Agent Thayne Wolfe, is less than thrilled. The State’s Attorney needs him to testify against one of the most ruthless and notorious arms dealers in the world. Expecting boredom and lots of daytime television, he instead ends up with a ridiculous new job, a stupid new name, and the world’s most annoying shadow. Jarrett Evans, is nevertheless tasked with keeping Wolfe alive long enough to put Mills Lang and his crew away for the rest of their miserable lives.

Jarrett Evans, former Marine, has always been a free spirit, doing the dirty work for Uncle Sam whenever and wherever he’s needed. One of the best snipers in the world, Evans is at peace with the man he’s become. That doesn’t mean he’s ever liked the cold-blooded killer who stares back at him from the mirror every day. The moment he meets pretty boy Thayne Wolfe, things start a slow change and redemption begins to sound possible. 

Mills Lang, the world’s most ruthless arms dealer, is little more than a serial killer in his own right. Rotting away in prison with nothing but time on his hands, Lang is determined to destroy the man he allowed into his inner circle. Thayne Wolfe will die in the most painful way… along with anyone he loves. 

 

 



*Author's Note* Title includes an exciting excerpt from “Flash and Bang”


Book Review

The Story

I have had several friends recommend Patricia Logan’s ‘Death and Destruction’ series to me so I finally decided I’d better see what all the fuss is about. I do have a bit of a “thing” shall I say for the good guys in our alphabet agencies and armed forces, so the blurb drew me right in. Reading this book has been a bit of a unique experience for me, as well, since I’m also listening to it on audio, and this is the first novel I’ve listened to all the way through. Regardless, I will review the story and at the end I’ll review the narration.

I liked Jarrett Evans the moment I met him. Tall, gorgeous, built, ex-USMC sniper with an attitude, and a sarcastic sense of humor. I was giggling from the very first. Thayne Wolfe is equally gorgeous although definitely not out at his job, whereas Jarrett seems not to care what anyone thinks. Thayne, however, grew on me a little more, and he certainly didn’t appear to be lacking in his own bad-ass skill set or his dedication to his job, and his country.

Here comes the more difficult portion of my review. I wanted to love these guys and the story, I really did, but I didn’t. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. There were far too many inconsistencies and just plain, flat out “are you kidding me” situations, and I couldn’t let them all pass. I struggled with a lot of the behavior of these two highly “professional” men who as far as I could tell seemed not to care about their safety. The back and forth, constant contradictions, in the dialogue between Thayne and Jarrett was very difficult to read. Had I approached this novel as a spoof, then everything would have been more than fine. Unfortunately, I was expecting a suspense/thriller with accurate law enforcement procedures and two hardcore men who lived, and breathed, the seriousness of the situation.

With that said, when I ignored those things, and simply read the story intent on a laugh, a romance, hot sex, and a happy ever after, I could admit to having fun. The story dragged in a few places and the culmination of the plot involving the assassin out for Thayne, and the weapons dealer in prison, was somewhat anticlimactic, in my opinion. However, Thayne and Jarrett were a good couple and the sex was certainly hot.

The Audio

Since this was the first full-length novel I’ve listened to in its entirety, I have to admit to a couple of disappointments. Michael Pauley did a good job with the flow of the story and the accents, although there were moments when a multiperson conversation was occurring, when I couldn’t distinguish the individual characters. That may have more to do with my inexperience in audiobooks than the narrator’s ability. Also, I noticed several times where a name would be pronounced one way and then immediately after said a different way, and it wasn’t a change of character voice. But, I enjoyed listening to the story and I look forward to venturing into more audiobooks in the future.

If you are a fan of this author, you like two strong men falling in love, and running around California with said men on their adventure sounds like a great time, then this is the book for you.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 461 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-May-2016
Price $0.99 ebook, $19.99 paperback, $14.95 audiobook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Death-Destruction-Book-ebook/dp/B01G80B27K