Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Book Review: 'Undressed To The Nines' by Jayden Hunter

Jayden Hunter (a nom de plume for some reason that always makes the reader eager to know why the author must use an assumed name) on publishing his debut novel writes ‘I've attempted to not "over-write" my own book and yet create a fast paced thriller with believable characters, a female protagonist, and realistic villains.’

And that is precisely what Jayden Hunter has accomplished. He has created a very well defined female protagonist in Drew Sterling, and obviously he believes in his won creation because UNDRESSED TO THE NINES is listed as Drew Sterling Book 1. We get a sense of his ability to write thrillers form his speedy Prologue: ‘Brad Novak smelled pine. His hands were duct-taped in front of him, and his legs had been tied with cord that went to a noose around his neck. The man that had abducted him from his home was dressed in black. He took a shovel from his car’s trunk and started digging. “I need to know if there are any other copies of your files.” Novak had been in bed watching television when this man had surprised him. He’d pointed a gun and demanded access to everything Novak had accumulated on the Genaplat story. Genaplat Technology Labs was ostensibly working on microbiological research for private sector medical purposes. Novak had been trying to uncover evidence that they had actually been working on weaponizing biological agents.’ He has us with the tools to investigate the plot.

Providing a succinct synopsis is the trait we all watch for and Jayden ahs done that, too: ‘A missing reporter believes that a congressman is involved in illegal military research. A political fundraiser for a conservative politician leads to a late night encounter with the daughter of a major donor. Drew Stirling finds herself caught in an intrigue that pushes her to test the limits of her own character as she must decide who to trust, who to run from, and whether or not to break through her own self-imposed boundaries in the world of centerfolds, friendship, love, and sex.’

High marks on all counts – AND his prose is superb. Looks like we are seeing a major talent rise…Grady Harp, November 15

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