Tuesday, March 15, 2011
This is my review on Sentimental Me by Charles L. Fields. The author takes pride in the dual genre of the book - travel and mystery.
Sentimental Me is about Charles Stone, an insurance investigator, who is summoned to see why the beneficiary for a $500,000 life insurance policy for a slain border patrol agent has a known drug cartel connections.
The author creates a like able hero with Stone. Although like able, the character lacks depth. Stone is an autobiographical character so I am confident that there is more depth than meets the eye. I would enjoy knowing more about Charles Stone.
The story was good. It had all the elements for an intriguing travel, mystery, thriller. The author gets you interested and keeps you wanting to pick up the book and finish reading. However, valuable intricate story details were passed over for the travel details of roads traveled, hotels, and even food the hero chose to ate. I would have loved the author to spend more energy developing the story of the murder and investigation. To expand the drug cartel and the war in Afghanistan story would have added real interest to the book. At times it seemed that there was info thrown into the story just to make a word count. For example, there are a couple of "token" love scenes that leave the reader feeling like "what's the point".
I am looking forward to reading more from Fields. His writing is enjoyable and his life experiences show in his writing. He excels in the travel aspect of his book, but the mystery needs a bit more definition. I give this book 4 stars.I received this book free for the purpose of this review.
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 9, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches