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Jeff has taken over as the city's vigilante after Jim, his predecessor, was killed in a drug bust. Toward the end, Jim's demeanor took a turn for the worse as he became more violent in his work and ...
Jeff has taken over as the city's vigilante after Jim, his predecessor, was killed in a drug bust. Toward the end, Jim's demeanor took a turn for the worse as he became more violent in his work and went after bigger thugs, which ultimately led to his untimely demise. The last thing Jeff wants is to let a life of violence get the better of him and end up like Jim. So, in a pursuit to avoid the same destiny as his mentor, he seeks the truth about Jim and the life he led before the two joined forces.
In his heart, Jeff knows right from wrong, but in his work, the distinction isn't always clear. He doesn't want to let the vigilante lifestyle take him over, but he has responsibilities: to look out for the little guys.
Being the city's vigilante, however, becomes a bit more complicated after he's spotted doing what he does best. An assignment from Martell puts him under the microscope of the Chicago Police Department. Vigilante work is supposed to go unnoticed as Jeff intends to stay anonymous to the public and criminals alike...
...but now he's gotten himself noticed-and in a very big way.
His do-gooder, crime-fighting ways put him in the wrong place at the wrong time and now he has the Chicago Police Department on his trail.
To complicate matters further, when he isn't wearing the vigilante suit, he's trying to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend. But now her new job is taking up all her time, just when Jeff needs her most. He fears he'll lose her to her hectic schedule and a schmoozing boss, and the only way to make things right is to be the best vigilante that he can be.
To add to the mess Jeff has gotten himself into, there is a new vigilante in town-and it isn't Jeff. Now, the only question is...
Will this new vigilante work for good or for evil?
Posted June 10, 2013
Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
In the book “Nothing Good is Free” by Matthew R. Horn, we learn that being a vigilante is not easy. Jeff Scott has to rely on the secret information given to him by Martell, a detective with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to stay one step ahead of the police force. But the real problem is the death of Jim, his mentor and ex-Marine, who donned a mask and a suit and rid the city of its most notorious crimes. But Jim’s body was found in the basement of a drug dealer’s house. Now that Jeff has taken Jim’s place, things seem even stranger. Will Jim find out about the CPD’s 22-year-old cover-up of traceable drugs? Is Jeff being used as a pawn in the CPD’s covert, masterful game?
“Nothing Good is Free” felt like the classic crime fighting stories I used to watch on TV. But it was different. I liked the modern elements of a corrupt police force, the power of the media and real-world relationship issues. The tension and pace kept you in suspense. Horn did a great job of creating believable characters. I appreciated the pivotal details of Jim’s background in Desert Storm, Brook’s human resources career, etc. Of course, Jeff was the quintessential guy next door who wanted to do the right thing and save the world. This book was a sequel to “The Good Fight.” “Nothing Good is Free” is highly recommended.
Posted March 16, 2013
Having read book one in the series the first thing I noticed in this book was a maturity in the author’s writing, this story just flowed better than book one and the characters seemed to have more depth than in book one. I also enjoyed Jeff’s development as a person. In this story he’s more than the introverted loner training to be the city’s next vigilante, he wants to help people, but also is becoming a successful businessman. The author did a nice job with portraying relationship issues through Brooke and Jeff.
The storyline was stronger in this book as well. I liked Detective Martell, he plays a great supporting role in the story. Although, he appeared in book one, here you know where he stands. There is a nice “whodunit” perspective to the story that the author allows the reader to follow the clues along with the characters.
There seemed to be less violence in this book than the first, much of that is due to Jeff’s perspective of his role as the city’s vigilante. There is more of a spiritual aspect to this book where both Jeff and Brooke reference church and prayer. Yet it is not overtly Christian.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an adventure that’s has a somewhat “super hero” aspect to it, although Jeff doesn’t leap tall buildings.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the author, but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
Posted January 24, 2013
When a book has the right stuff!
It's difficult these days to find good solid reading material for both youth and adult readers that doesn't makes us cringe by its foul language or graphic description of the "S" word. But Matthew R. Horn has accomplished this rare feat in his second book of "The Good Fight" series, "Nothing Good is Free." The reading is enjoyable and I didn't find myself needing a players card to keep track of all the characters. Jeff, the star of this book, is a good hearted vigilante, following in the footsteps of his mentor Jim, now deceased from walking a little too far over the line of evil in an attempt to do good; at least that's what is suspected. However, Jeff wears his suit and mask to the tune of a different drummer, fighting to put away small time criminals and keeping away from the dark side. At one point though, he does manage to get himself in a large amount of trouble that could land him in jail for the rest of his life. Not wishing to give away the story, I'll stop here and just say the most important thing you need to know. This book is a winner for those who want good, clean, exciting reading that an entire family can share. This is definitely my kind of book! - R. Williams, Ferndale, WA