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Posted November 30, 2011
Never heard of a forensic entomologist before this book.
Wow if it is one pair that have no business getting married its Nick and Alena. I enjoyed the mystery; I really liked learning about all of the bugs, but I did not like Nick or Alena. Heavens knows I have no issue with people who have oddities (particularly as I have a few oddities myself), but this was a little bit ridiculous. Just the thought of these two having children was causing me to have a panic attack. I'm glad Alena called it off. Anyway, it was the relationship between the characters that caused me to feel conflicted about this book. I liked the book a lot more once I realized that Alena called it off. I really liked the fact that she recognized what she needed in a relationship.
This book is the fourth in the series. I did not feel lost because I hadn't read the prior books. I'm not sure that I could read another book in this series. I think it would set my teeth on edge. Well perhaps I'll revisit the series in 5 years. I think.
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Posted May 23, 2011
Nick Downs has written a series of suspense novels based on the character Nick Polchak. Nick is, shall we say, an unusual character. He loves the world of insects--he'd rather spend time with bugs than with humans!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The mystery was engaging and the characters were quirky and entertaining.
This is not the first book in the series, but the first I had read. I had absolutely no trouble jumping into the series midway, as the author was adept at filling in the blanks along the way.
Posted May 13, 2011
First Visit With the Bug Man
Imagine how excited I was to find out about a series featuring a forensic entomologist! Nick of Time begins with Nick preparing to wed his fiancé, Alena. Then just a mere four days prior to the big day, Nick leaves town to meet his friend Pete in Philadelphia. Pete has requested Nick's help on a cold case that he is trying to solve. Unsurprisingly, Alena is unhappy with Nick's plan to leave town so close to their wedding day. Nick makes a plan to call Alena every evening at 9pm while he is away. Alena waits and waits, but no call from Nick ever comes. In a message relayed from Nick through their pastor, Alena finds out that Pete was murdered before Nick was able to meet with him about the cold case. In an attempt to try to find out what happened to Pete, Nick follows some leads and ends up in the Poconos. The Poconos was Alena's dream honeymoon location, and Nick is there without her. Instead, he is on a wild goose chase and if he does not get back soon, their wedding will be missing a groom. Alena follows Nick to the Poconos, following the same leads that he followed just two days prior. Alena needs to know whether Nick still wants to marry her, but the two keep missing each other. They finally catch up with each other on eve of the wedding, but will the wedding go on as planned? Alena's dogs and her kennel are a big part of this story. I generally like stories that are dog-related, and I could definitely relate to Alena's concerns about her dogs any time they were in danger. However, I found her training of the dogs a bit over the top and unrealistic. About halfway through the book, I realized that I found the characters of Nick and Alena to be somewhat abrasive and I nearly gave up reading. But I picked it back up and finished the story. I am glad that I finished the story because there was a big twist at the end. Sometimes I can suspend logic for a good mystery novel, but it just didn't work for me in this case. Overall this probably isn't a series that I will continue reading. Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me with an advance copy of Nick of Time via netGalley.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2011
Tim Downs book "Nick of time" is another installment in the "Bugman series" following Virginia based Nick Polchak, forensic entomologist on yet another case. Unfortunately for him, it's at a pretty bad time in his life as he's about to get married.on Saturday. Most brides aren't too keen about their grooms being gone right before the big "I do". So when Nick tells his fiancé and dog trainer Alena Savard that he is leaving the Monday before their wedding to head to Philadelphia for a Vidocq society meeting- a group of highly specialized forensic specialists who handle cold cases- she's not real thrilled about it. As always when he gets to Philadelphia more is waiting for him than he anticipated and he is caught off guard by the case that is before him that keeps sucking him in farther and farther. With his singular focus, he is completely entrenched in this case and the question is- will he get back to Alena in time?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is my first book in the Bug man series. I wanted to get that out there because I think those that have read all the books might have a different perspective. I thought the opening chapter with the" fish out of water" feeling for Nick in a Bridal boutique was perfectly written - hilarious, quick pace, doesn't get better than that. As I continued on with the book, the storyline was good, great little twist in there towards the end that I didn't see coming, a variety of interesting characters. The tough part for me was that Nick and Alena are so very sarcastic and caustic to practically everyone they meet, it's tough to get excited about their upcoming nuptials. I was left with the feeling of- how can these two possibly make it? It was difficult for me to really like their characters. There was a little bit of redemption towards the end, but not a lot. The spiritual message was very subtle, which is fine I guess, not every book needs to preach the gospel that is of the Christian genre. On the whole I thought it was a good book and I think I would benefit by reading Tim Downs other books on the "bug man" in fairness to get more of the back story on Alena and Nick.
Discolsure- I was graciously given a preview copy of this book through the Booksneeze program. The opinions expressed are my own.