Sunday, January 6, 2008

Testosterone laden review

This one is from Library Journal:

Hell's Bay

BYLINE: Thomas L. Kilpatrick

SECTION: REVIEWS; Fiction; Pg. 83

LENGTH: 226 words

Hall, James W. Hell's Bay. Minotaur: St. Martin's . Feb. 2008. c.320p. ISBN 978-0-312-35958-4 . $24.95. F

The enigmatic Thorn, antihero of nine previous Hall novels (including Magic City and Off the Chart ), finds himself embroiled in treachery that seriously disrupts his solitary life on the Florida Keys. The death of Abigail Bates, matriarch of the Bates family and head of Bates International, a family-owned business that has made billions strip mining phosphate in central Florida, reveals that Throne is a Bates grandson and heir to one-third of Abigail's estate. This answers many nagging questions concerning Thorn's history but introduces greedy family members, a revenge-seeking Iraqi war veteran, and a manipulative corporate lawyer who plots a deadly ambush in the Florida Everglades. Hall has effectively captured the beauty and fragility of the Florida wilderness and the environment-vs.-big-business issues that threaten Florida's embattled ecosystem and parleyed them into a gripping story of adventure and suspense. Despite the testosterone-laden final pages, which stretches credibility as Hall physically and mentally overcomes a near-impossible situation, this will keep readers glued to their armchairs. For popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 10/1/07.]-Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale

Yeah, and what's wrong with testosterone???

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