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The Concrete Pearl

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    A Heart-Stopping, Action-Packed Thrill Ride!

    Ava "Spike" Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that's almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with "the business dad built" from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.

    Problem is, Spike had no choice but to take the job on the cheap. To make matters worse, she's not only hired an asbestos removal contractor who, unbeknownst to her, low-balled his price, but she's advanced him $10Gs from her own dwindling cash account as a "good faith" incentive to beat the project deadline.

    Now, when that same asbestos contractor suddenly goes missing and it's discovered by OSHA officials that he's cheated on the project exposing more than 300 students to deadly asbestos fibers for months, Spike decides to take matters into her own callused hands and go in search of him. What she discovers along the way however, is a path paved with deception, greed, murder, and eventually, her own ultimate demise.

    Armed with a framing hammer as her equalizer instead of a gun, Spike Harrison is one hot, but tough as nails amateur woman sleuth. Cross her, and you just might find yourself buried up to your neck in regret. (excerpt for eBook).

    My Review:

    I received this eBook of Concrete Pearl by Vincent Zandri compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review and this one had me hooked from the first page. Being sensitive to my readers this book does contain some profanity and sexual references that one may find common to construction crews dialogue but it does not take away from the value of a well written story.

    The character of A.J. Harrison, the daughter of the Harrison's Construction company was a believable one considering she's been doing this kind of work since she begged her father to give her a shot since she was sixteen. Now struggling to maintain a hold on the company on the verge of bankruptcy and multiple fines already from OSHA, if she can't locate her missing subcontractor, James Farrel, she will more than likely lose the business from the amount of pending lawsuits that are building over the cancer cases of the children affected by the asbestos since inhaling the fibers for the nine months she's been working on the school.

    When a lawyer, Damien Spain, shows up suddenly and begins offering her help, hired by James' wife, that things begin to take a twisted turn. This novel will hold the reader from the very first paragraph and is so well written, you finish before you realize it which to me is a definite sign of great writing. I award this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Tough as Nails

    "Spike" Harrison is running the construction company left to her by her late father. She is struggling to keep the business afloat when the unthinkable happens. She has contracted out the asbestos removal to a man who disappears. Not only does he disappear he leaves her to deal with his sub-par job of removal and exposing children to asbestos. She is left to deal with OSHA.

    This begins her search for Farrell, the sub contractor. Her search leads her to a PI,who she eventually teams up with, as she uncovers that Farrell was involved in a lot more than a poor work ethic.

    This book is well written and very fast paced. Spike puts herself in mortal danger as she uncovers more than she bargained for. Spike is a very determined and strong female lead character. Her life was formed around the construction sites and she doesn't take nonsense.

    I do have a content warning. This book is laced with profanity, violence, and sexual innuendo. This book is written for an adult audience.

    I became interested in reading books by Vincent when I "met" him at Goodreads. I finally read one of his books and I was not disappointed. I have a couple of his other books on my kindle and will read them at a later date. I received the ecopy that I read to review.

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    Posted September 13, 2011

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