Review: Flash Bang

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Flash Bang
by Neal Rawls

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Flash Bang / B003CV7TVM

When Karl started work for the rich and powerful Allard Leopard, he hadn't bargained on jobs like this one. Killing his boss' enemies was one thing, but killing little kids was quite another. On the other side of the world, Jonas and Julius Thompkins are caught in the middle of a drug turf war, and have to find out who called in the hit on them - fast.

This excerpt starts high on action and never really lets up - intensely written, the action jumps from the initial introduction with the powerful Allard Leopard and his unpleasant orders to his crony Karl before then jumping straight to Florida to embroil the reader in the inner workings of drug turf wars with an incredibly violent drive-by shooting. Although this isn't really my usual genre of choice, I can see how readers who enjoy modern thrillers could love this and I'm certain they will appreciate the opening action, as well as the careful interlacing of backstory that doesn't impede the action in any way.

If I could make one minor suggestion, it would be to remove racial epithets from the writing. I realize that these words were placed here to provide atmosphere and setting, but I think the same effect could be created *without* these words, and I challenge you to try to do so. Many readers will be uncomfortable with racial slang, and you want to be as accessible as possible to all readers. I encourage you to challenge yourself to create the same realism and atmosphere without using racial epithets.
NOTE: This review is based on a sample excerpt of this book provided through the ABNA contest.

~ Ana Mardoll

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