When the only way to save lives is to sacrifice your own, a choice must be made.
Blake Herro is a big city cop that has seen it all. When a mob boss goes on a murderous rampage killing the officers that Blake calls family, he cannot stand idly by. Without question Blake decides that he will go under cover and infiltrate the mob. Blake risks his life to take down the mob boss.
30 Seconds Before is a prequel to 30 Seconds and sets the initial stage and lays the foundation for a much more intense storyline. Although this is a shorter story, it creates a strong backstory that the reader will find invaluable in 30 Seconds.
The character development and graphic detail are what sets Chrys Fey apart from other authors. Chrys Fey writes with such strong detail that the reader feels as though they are a part of the scene. The plot is strong, but at times felt a little rushed. The shortened timespan and abrupt ending left me wanting more. I felt that there could have been more description and more emotion in some areas to bring the story to its full potential.
A reader who had not read 30 Seconds would be able to find this story enjoyable, but to have the full effect of the story that Chrys Fey is telling it would be best to be sure to follow up with 30 Seconds after reading 30 Seconds Before.
Overall this was a fun story to read and a great prequel to 30 Seconds. Chrys Fey has a fun and dynamic writing style and will certainly take the reader on an adventure!
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