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Kidnapping, Ex-Con Uncle, Criminal masterminds. These three words in the summary of the book made me go for it. My kind of book really.

The story begins with cattle being branded in a rusty ranch. A frantic phone call from the twin sister( Alex O'Connor) of narrator (Felix “O” O'Connor) stating that her daughter has been kidnapped interrupts the branding process. “O” drives to his sister's place and uses his old prison connections to try track the kidnapper and rescue his niece. (I found that cattle branding interrupted by a phone call extremely amusing!)

One prisoner leads to some equal rouge outside prison who then washes his hands off and points to another criminal, who finally points to the original bad guy.

Our narrator “O” takes matter into his own hands in spite of the police involved and follows that criminal link to take down the bad guy finally and get back his kidnapped niece.

This is the story line put real blunt sans the twists that are actually present in the book. But then, if you pick this book expecting melodramatic twists or strategic turns, you are sure to be disappointed.

The writer, Dustin Stevens has used very simple language and has followed a very mellow style of narration. No frills attached. Just bang on to the point. Yet somehow he manages to convey all sorts of emotions ranging from that protective instinct of a brother to the innocence of a child.

When a book involves kidnapping of a child, writers tend to make it thoroughly dramatic. At times they go overboard. But thankfully that didn't happen with this book. A bit of a drama is okay. But overdoing drama kills of the suspense element.

One other thing which I loved about the was that, the characters weren't exactly complicated. The plot certainly was fast paced but not too fast making the readers lose track of what exactly happens.

There was only one thing I didn't exactly like. The chain of criminals. One leading to another is fine. But one leading to another leading to another isn't exactly “interesting”. When the third criminal came, I sort of became weary. I just wondered of this one was going to lead to another.
Nevertheless, it was worth the read for someone like me who can't just get enough of thrillers.

VERDICT: It's definitely a book to read if you like reading thrillers.

RATING: 4/5
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  bookandink | Aug 19, 2015 |
I'm a fan of Dustin Stevens.This is the second book I've read by him and it's just as good as Catastrophic,although in a different genre, but isn't that what separates a very good author from a mediocre author - the ability to write well, no matter what the genre! Non-stop action which has the reader turning the pages as quickly as possible as well as an insightful look into a family's relationship makes for a perfect book. And of course the reader has to find out if he's going to find his niece in time. This is one book you don't want to miss. The underbelly of humanity is very apparent as is O's commitment to family and doing the right thing, no matter what the personal risk. I commend you, Mr. Stevens, the book is a gem! ( )
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  DianneDHarman | Sep 14, 2014 |
O or Felix who in Wyoming is Shane is so wonderful. he has a past but it shows how much he love his sister and the lengths he would go to protect her. So Felix is in Wyoming when Lex calls and tragedy has struck his family. Lex needs him and against all that he feels he goes back to Ohio to help her out. To protect her and her child. How can he do this? By finding his niece. Why did Lex ask him? His past and his promise to her to protect her and his niece with his life.

so O gets home and faces so many obstacles. He faces his sister’s in-laws judgement about him. The Detectives narrow views and his past that rears its ugly head. As he explores the world around him and delves into his past to help his niece he sees just how far he will go to save her.

His past helps get leads to find his niece but will he be in time? will everyone’s views of him hurt the process? You just to read this book that will keep you at the edge of your seat and rooting for O to find out. ( )
  littleduck | Oct 9, 2013 |
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Felix "O" O'Connor is an ex-con from central Ohio who has spent the last seven years working on a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Rarely does he venture out into the world and never does it come looking for him. Both of those things change when his twin sister, Alexa "Lex" Borden, calls from Columbus, Ohio, to ask for his help. Earlier that afternoon, she and her husband were both beaten unconscious, and their two-year-old daughter was abducted from their front yard. Nobody saw a thing, the police are stumped, and it is a well-known statistic that if a child isn't found in the first forty-eight hours, they rarely are.O immediately drives back to Ohio and finds himself with just twenty-one hours to find his beloved niece before potentially losing her forever. Plunging himself into a world he'd long ago left behind, he crosses paths with criminal masterminds, human traffickers, gun runners, drug smugglers, bloodthirsty spectators, and suspicious detectives, all in the name of bringing her home.… (more)

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