Book Review: In Memory of Greed by Al Boudreau

Give me vampires or demons.  Other-worldly denizens.  They are the foundation of what I’d call a good book.  Until recently.

I picked up In Memory of Greed by Al Boudreau, and found that I had to adapt my definition of a good book.  There are no paranormal creatures to be found between the proverbial covers of his book, yet I couldn’t put the book down.  While reading In Memory of Greed, I even had to impose a restriction on myself to ensure that I didn’t neglect my domestic responsibilities by spending my days on the couch with my finger floating over the “next page” button of my e-reader.

As Murkin Mocado leaves work early for a doctor’s appointment, he notices a loose rail car from his employers shipping yard gaining speed as it races towards the busy town.   Comprehending the impending disaster, Mocado tries everything he can to avoid the catastrophe only to be hindered by police officials.  By the da

y’s end, Murkin Maocado, ex-Navy Seal, and son of the senator, finds himself shot, chained to a hospital bed, and accused of murder.

With a combination of his ebbing freedom and military background, a team of power-starved, corrupt men determine Mocado a necessary addition to their plans.  With the help of the ex-Navy SEAL, these men intend to see their dream take shape with no regard of the lives of others.

Joelle Barstow, an operative well trained in industrial espionage, has been given the assignment to gain information about one of the players of corruption.  As the operative learns more about her target, she discovers an illegal scheme involving big businesses and government officials.

Barstow’s assignment leads her to Mocado and the others, testing her skills and endurance.  Both Mocado and Barstow are left to manipulate their individual situations to ensure their survival as they face multiple deadly situations.  Mocado’s handlers try to maintain control as their plan spirals from them and they inadvertently cause a horrific disaster.

From the first scene, Al Boudreau creates a world that leaps from the pages and pulls you straight into his world.  The reader easily transitions from the chaotic streets of Oakland to the executive office of St. Louis without feeling lost or confused.  As the characters travel around the world, the reader is also able to enjoy the greenery of Ireland and beauty of Kenya.

The imagery is not the only strength Al exhibits in In Memory of Greed.  The characters’ strong personalities and rich descriptions define them in a way that allows the re

ader to easily identify with them.  I experienced the characters anxiety, their relief, their pain.  With such strong character development of the main characters throughout the book, Al was able to introduce several minor characters that fit easily into the story without confusing the reader with an onslaught of names to follow.  Each character was natural, and I never questioned, “Who was that again?”

When discussing this great piece of writing, one must not forget the non-stop action.  This political thriller took off with a high-speed race between a rail car and our hero and never slowed down.  The urgency necessary to manipulate the situation the way the crooked antagonists do throughout the book is felt with each turn of the page.  I felt the strain of hours without sleep or food as the characters tried to evade capture, tail their targets, and beat the clocks they all felt ticking.  The accelerated heart rate described from time was mirrored by my own as the suspense and action propelled the story.

There is no other word to describe the content of this book than awesome.  With the combination of suspense, mystery, and enough mushy stuff for a romance reader like myself, this book appeals to all audiences.  I give In Memory of Greed high recommendations to anyone looking for a good book to read!

Published in: on 06.15.2011 at 4:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

My Summer Challenge

June 13, 2011. 6 weeks away. 42 days. Approximately 1000 hours. June 13, and I will be free once again.

Because on that date, I graduate.

And when I graduate, I can do all the things I’ve spent the last 6 weeks wishing to do.  I can organize and decorate my writing room.  I can reorganize my closet.  Spring cleaning.  Get rid of junk.  Relax.  Sleep.  And…

READ!

I miss reading.  I use to average a book a week.  A really good book, I’ll finish it in a day.  But when I’m spending 8 hours student teaching and the same on homework, there is no time for On Writing or Gabriel’s Redemption.  I can’t pick up In Memory of Greed or Pillars of the Earth.  Not the rest of Anne Bishop’s Blood Jewels books or Richelle Mead’s Succubus series.  I’m stuck reading Oh, the Places I’ll Go, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and Tacky the Penguin.  Don’t get me wrong, I look a good kids books, but somehow they leave me craving the sophistication and maturity of a chapter book.

Summer is coming up, and as it sits right now, I don’t have a job.  Of course, I plan on writing.  And writing.  Maybe editing.  And more writing.

But seriously, what’s writing without reading?  So, as my book queue expands, I decided I really need to do something about it. I challenged myself!

My challenge:  A book a week.  At least two a month by indie authors.  A review on everything I read.

It’s not much, I know.  But I’m excited about it.  Maybe I’ll even double it.  We’ll see how it goes.  If you have any suggestions on a good book, let me know.  If you want to join my challenge with me, please do!  It will be fun!

Published in: on 05.02.2011 at 7:36 pm  Leave a Comment