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Posted October 23, 2011
I really, really enjoyed "Death In The Arena". When we first meet the main character Big John Studebaker, he is holding a partially burnt Raggedy-Ann doll that is missing it's head and arm, and he is standing in front of the graves of his wife and infant daughter who had been killed 3 years prior. Big John has been after a drug lord known as the Silver Fox for a number of years, even prior to the death of his family, however after the death of his family his hunt for the Silver Fox, became a full blown obsession, but with good reason. He had lost a lot in his life due to the Silver Fox, not just personally but also professionally. The Silver Fox always wore a hood and seemed to always be able to stay a step ahead of Big John. I really enjoyed trying to figure out the true identity of the Fox, when it was finally revealed who he was, it totally caught me by surprise! I really enjoyed all the neat twists and turns. Big John's name really fits him, he is a big grizzly bear of a man but for all of his rough, tough exterior he also had a soft side to him, he also at times acted like a jerk but his good qualities quickly redeemed him, yes he had some faults but his good qualities tended to outweigh his bad qualities, he also has a sense of humor that tends to come out in some pretty good one-liners that had me chuckling out loud at times and also in his use of his middle finger. lol "Death In The Arena" is a real page turner that just seemed to get better with each turn of the page, it was full of action, twist and turns and had some good fight scenes, my favorite fight scene takes place in a warehouse towards the end of the book, it would be great in a movie! There is a lot packed into this book and at first I was a little overwhelmed as I was trying to keep the various characters straight but I was able to get them sorted out fairly quickly by just re-reading a few pages. My problem was that I was staying up way to late reading because I couldn't put this book down, then I'd fall asleep in the middle of reading and not remember what I'd read! lolWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.