Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Review: 'Decree of Finality' by Kenneth Eade

Kenneth Eade may be best known to readers as the author of BLESS THE BEES: THE PENDING EXTINCTION OF OUR POLLINATORS AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT, and A BEE, SEE: WHO ARE OUR POLLINATORS AND WHY ARE THEY IN TROUBLE? - two superlative books about his concern for our environment, a topic he takes to the top level in his superb novels. Eade is an international business lawyer, based in Los Angeles, specializing in international law, Internet Law, appeals and complex litigation. He is a member of the Bar of California, the federal District Court for the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. He holds a Juris Doctor in Law from Southwestern University School of Law, and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Northridge. He is also an accomplished filmmaker and a freelance writer for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and an environmentalist.

And given this introduction it should not come as a surprise that he now adds the crown of rising suspense thriller to his resume. THE INVOLUNTARY SPY was his first, followed by PREDATORY KILL, and A PATRIOT'S ACT that moved into the world of terrorism and the military's treatment of suspects who may possibly have ties to one of the several countries with whom we are at odds in the Middle East, and in HOA WIRE the same level of legal suspense was played out in California – in the too believable realm of Home Owners Association flaws. In KILLER.COM Eade brought back his established character Brent Marks (Marks is the Americanization of his true last name, Marquez, which indicates the flavor of this potentially controversial book), the lawyer who yearns for cases more interesting that those assigned to a `poor man's lawyer.' And once again he is In top form as he uses his ‘created lawyer’ Brent Marks (this is Book 8 in that series!) to demonstrate the very current controversy of the high profile divorces, acknowledging the power of the press and the media yet in his own unique manner.

In this tale our Brent Marks ‘suffers a setback in his legal practice, and now must take divorce cases to make ends meet. Now a case of foul play has him questioning his role in the case.’ But a divorce plus a testy murder takes Brent is up to his eyebrows in intrigue – the place he loves most to be. Consider the title of this novel and you have the story pretty much in mind

Said once and said again, Kenneth Eade is one of our strongest thriller writers on the scene and the fact that he draws his stories from the contemporary philosophical landscape is very much to his credit. Grady Harp, May 16

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