Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: 'After the Kill' by Cary Allen Stone

Arizona author Cary Allen Stone also happens to be an airline pilot (he began flying in 1972 at age 19!), having been hired by his first professional airline in 1982, and that figures significantly in this Book 4 AFTER THE KILL of the Jake Roberts series of novels. Stone achieved a Bachelor of Arts in 1976 and has worked in television (he had a non-speaking character role in an AAA Club advertisement), film and voice-over radio commercials and since 1990 has been writing thrillers and true crime novels. His books include a True Crime study of filicide (the killing of a child be the parent) THROUGH A MOTHER'S EYES, a cybercrime thriller STEALING ATLANTA, and his Jake Roberts crime thriller series - AFTER THE EVIL, MIND OVER MURDER and now AFTER THE GOODE. Two major influences on his writing occurred in 1992 - using the impact of Aviation on his writing, he flew for British film director Sir Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, American Gangster, etc). It gave him an opportunity to discuss his writing with Sir Scott who remains a major influence for him. He is a member of the Phoenix Writer's Club, the Arizona Authors Association and The Desert Sleuths. Toss that multifaceted salad together and the reader will understand why Carry Allen Stone's novels are so accurate and credible as well as engrossing reads.

So much of the success of a book relies on character development and the interaction between characters, especially in a series of novels. Cary sets the tone form the opening paragraphs: `"No more. I can't do it anymore." Dying was the answer, when you ran out of options. Either someone else pulled the trigger, or you did. He had seen the ice cold, boney finger pointed at him at least a hundred times. He loved his country, and the Special Forces soldier proved it during three back- to-back tours in Iraq and two more in Afghanistan. He was their go-to-guy for explosives. The other soldiers he served with said he was the bravest man in country. His commanding officer recommended him for the Medal of Honor for his actions in one ambush attack. He alone saved his unit, but he refused to accept the commendation. He took a direct hit to his psyche sometime during his last tour. It ****** him up.'

For those of us who have been following Jake through Cary masterful mind and hands at molding action thrillers it is difficult to outguess what will happen to Jake this episode. The synopsis merely gives a hint: `Jake never looks for trouble, but you can bet it's looking for him. A beautiful morning quickly becomes a life and death day. What will the night bring? Mackenzy earned a doctorate in forensic psychology, specializing in serial killers. She wants to understand them beyond the textbooks. Will a DNA sample give her a clue? It looks like Oscar night at the house in Malibu as she hosts her A-list clients. Caitland returns to LA for the party while Jake stays in Phoenix. She is caught totally by surprise when the party's over. But will Jake get there in time?' Tantalizing? You bet, but until you've become addicted to Cary's writing the surprises will arise on every page. For addicts to his books...well, just wait, it is coming. Another winner for Cary Allen Stone. Grady Harp, September 15

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