Monday, February 26, 2018

Book Review: 'Predatory Kill' 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 this superb novel. 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 his Brent Marks Legal Thriller series , Book 1 of which was THE PATRIOT’S ACT (also accepted as the prequel to the series) and now Book 2 is PREDATORY KILL, books that move 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. Eade brings 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', who is given his wished for opportunity to right a wrong: an Iraqi born US citizen, Ahmed Khury, is mistakenly imprisoned when he goes to Iraq to help his brother, leaving his wife and children in Santa Barbara.

But now we move on and the author summarizes the plot well: ‘A maniacal killer is on the loose. April’s mother is brutally murdered and her father beaten within an inch of his life. Attorney Brent Marks has already paid his dues as a lawyer, having taken his share of divorces and drunk driving cases over his 20 year career, but has finally reached a place in his life where he can take on cases of social importance. What he least expected was for April Marsh's predatory lending case against the big banks for wrongful foreclosure on her parent's home to turn into a murder investigation. As the courtroom drama heats up, the action outside the courtroom spirals out of control.’ Santa Barbara will never seem the same.

Kenneth Eade has carved his niche and thankfully is continuing this series. Once you read an Eade thriller you can only be eager for more. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 15

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