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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    Jimmy Spencer is a wanted man. He is skilled in a card counting

    Jimmy Spencer is a wanted man. He is skilled in a card counting scheme called “free money” that he used to build quite a nest egg as well as attract the attention of Middle Eastern terrorist cells that need lots of cash fast. While trying to stay out of trouble Jimmy and his partner Naomi have set up shop in Florida running a day sailing company. Unfortunately, the bad guys have found them. Now running for their lives they load up their boat and head out to sea, hoping they can get lost in the vast ocean. The terrorists won’t be shaken that easily as they track the couple to the Bahamas and eventually capture them. Jimmy and Naomi will have to rely on their self-preservation instincts to save themselves and stop the terrorists from completing their nefarious plans.

    If you are looking for a book that will take you to the warm beaches of the Caribbean, the desolate terrain of the desert and a few other places then Another Day in Paradise is the book for you. This action-adventure thriller will keep you guessing as you try and figure out how the heroes are going to get out of this mess. Jimmy is an interesting character. I appreciated that he was both a good guy and a bad guy (he was essentially stealing money from casinos, after all). Author Barry Vass also did a great job of characterizing small town law enforcement as being “high on their horse”. I’ve met many of these types of officers and really liked that Vass was able to capture their personalities.

    While the locations and most of the characters were entertaining, I did have a few issues with the story. I think that the book could have been much stronger overall if the author had shown us more of the emotions that Jimmy was feeling. Vass described scenes and the action well, but I never felt connected to the characters because I didn’t get to experience the turmoil with them. Readers will also have to be forgiving of the role of the FBI in the story. I didn’t necessarily believe they would be so lax after all of the drama that Jimmy and Naomi stirred up, but in the spirit of this genre I was content to go with the flow.

    Overall Another day In Paradise is a good book if you are looking for a quick escape. The action and traveling that the characters do will be sure to whisk you away and give you an adrenaline boost.

    (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author)

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