Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: 'All These Things' by Mark Tiro

California author Mark Tiro offers the second installment of his Spirit Invictus series. His first novel IMPLICIT has garnered praise from readers and critics as a story that touches on "everything that makes life profound, beautiful, absurd, and heartbreaking," a "heartwarming, profound read about importance of Love and Forgiveness."

It is always refreshing to find an author who cares to speak to his reader before the story is launched, and Mark does that in a Foreword – ‘This is Maya’s story. It’s from a time when she was a criminal lawyer… a young public defender in the City of Angels. And she was no angel. But she was the one of the best lawyers, fictional or otherwise, I have ever known… This is also David’s story. He’s one of the most mysterious clients she’s ever represented… and now he’s charged with murder. He’s also an enlightened master. This is the story of how their paths intersect as Maya joins the courtroom battle over David’s fate. It’s also the story about how David’s calm presence gave Maya the space to plunge back into the depths of a dark past she’d thought she’d buried forever. And it’s the story about how David’s enlightened spirit became forever etched into Maya’s unconquerable soul.’

Mark plunges onto the stage where the story will be created – ‘Freeway Accident Kills Child Forcing Freeway Shutdown; Father to be Charged with Murder A small child died after an accident while riding in a car with her father, leading to a six hour freeway closure. The father was arrested, and police say he will be charged with murder Staff writer LOS ANGELES – A driver was arrested Thursday morning after an accident in which his young daughter was killed. According to police, a man whose identity has not yet been released, was driving around 8:00 a.m. with his daughter in the rear seat when he apparently swerved into the retaining wall. The freeway was shutdown, and paramedics responded. The girl was transported to a hospital where she later died. Although it appears that the child was properly strapped into her car seat, a police spokesperson stated that the man was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder in connection with the death. All further questions regarding the prosecution were referred to the District Attorney’s Office.’

Given the background of the two main characters, Mark’s synopsis draws us in – ‘Don’t tell Maya Lee that whiskey doesn’t go with sushi…Or with being the smartest person in whatever room she’s in. She’s a lawyer who burns brilliant and tough. But her fight for justice has left her spiraling down into the dark recesses of a cloudy past she’s willed herself to forget. And now she’s up to her eyeballs in a life-changing murder case with a mysterious client. Lives hang in the balance, and the tension’s ratcheting up. Maya’s left on her own, and she’s unraveling… into one hot mess. Or is she? From the highs of the crucial court battle, to the lows of her personal dark night of the soul, Maya finds a glimmer of light in an unexpected place. Her client. Will she do the one thing she vowed never to do: let down her guard and trust her client? Or will she stand to the end, to fight as she’s always done… and risk losing everything?’

This tense writing, introspective writing, writing that makes a difference in the reader’s outlook and philosophy – and it is a murder mystery!!!!! Mark Tiro most assuredly has a solid niche in the rise of significant writers of the say. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 17

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