Sunday, December 16, 2018

Book Review: 'Brownstone' by Dean Kutzler

Philadelphia author Dean Kutzler escaped the accounting world writing for journals and reports and has focused his passion for writing fiction. He makes his debut with what appears will be an ongoing series of fast-paced thrillers entrenched with surprisingly true facts hidden around the world. His premiere character is Jack Elliot and BROWNSTONE is Book 1 in this collection he calls The Jack Elliot Series. Thriller fiction coupled with reality facts make his books promise an engrossing read. As Dean has stated about his transition into the field of literature, ‘My life consisted of being a boring Accounting Controller up until 2012. Now, I create worlds that people (and myself included) get lost in.’

Dean has that ability to rivet the reader with his style of language , his propulsive plot development, and his ability to create viable, credible characters, and his courage to include gay themes. The book is complex (as all really fine mysteries should be) and the plot is summarized as follows: ‘The key to the world’s fate discovers a devastating secret, divinely hidden since the days of Genesis, as he seeks out his family's murderer, only to find that a clandestine organization plans to reshape humanity on the heels of destruction. When Jack Elliot returns to New York City to pay respect to his dying uncle it’s a race against time. He gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself entrenched in not one, but two murder cases where he’s the prime suspect. What Jack doesn’t know is that amidst all the murder, an organization created from the beginning of time has been patiently waiting for him. If they find him, the world will be immeasurably changed and most certainly not for the better. What does an organization as old as creation want with Jack Elliot? Does Jack prove his innocence?’

Searching for further embellishments on the themes investigated we find, ‘With the inheritance of Terry's fabulous brownstone home, Jack also receives the pieces of an eons-old mystery that he must keep safe. The Vatican and a sinister organization both seek these pieces - for opposing reasons, of course. The outcome would be world domination or the fall of everything our history and religion have been built on for over 2,000 years! With the unlikely help of a New York cabbie, Jack survives attempt after attempt on his life and home, but how long can he hold out against forces that have been preparing for this day for centuries?’

Dean Kutzler has created Jack Elliot and it feels like there are many more thrillers in store for this well-sculpted character, Grady Harp, September 16

A copy of this book was provided free for an unbiased review.

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