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Posted September 6, 2007
You don't want to mess with the Steel Brothers... Butch and Zig Steel are the living embodiments of psychopathic killers: cold, calculating, unrelenting, and with an incurable bloodlust, the boys stop at nothing to get whatever they want - and, in this case, they want revenge. The target of their rage: unsuspecting multimillionaire Melvin Baker, who has risen in the ranks of the video game software world as a young whiz kid who can seemingly do no wrong. Baker is not as innocent as he appears, though in truth, his past is directly entwined with that of the Steel Brothers. In fact, he is directly connected to them in such a way that he bears responsibility for their becoming the monsters that they are. Had it not been for a fateful ride that Melvin took with his father one Sunday afternoon when he was a child, he and the Steel Brothers may never have crossed paths...instead, they hold his fate - and that of his family - in their sadistic hands. Hands down: Dwayne Murray knows how to tell a story. His narrative is written in compelling language, and he is an absolute master of suspense. Each new chapter introduces another episode in the lives of fully-fleshed characters that you either love or love to hate - either way, you can't put the book down, no matter if you try. More impressive about Murray's tale is the deliberate way he shows the devolution of the Steel Brothers. Rather than paint them as cold-hearted, soulless killers, Murray outlines how their descent into a world of bitterness and hate is prompted by a series of unfortunate circumstances beyond the realm of their control. Starting out with two loving, strong parents, the boys are robbed of the comfort and sanctity of a normal life and thrust into the grim realities of despair, neglect, and group home abuse until finally developing the personas of unyielding aggressors. Witnessing the tragedy of their slow, agonizing demise through the bowels of society, one cannot help but realize that their reactions are honed and developed solely for the sake of their own survival. Dwayne Murray should be applauded for his latest contribution to the realm of urban fiction. In Whatever It Takes, he has crafted a tight, sophisticated tale of the double-edged sword of streetwise sensibility. Highly recommended for true fans of the genre.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2007
I have pretty much limited my use of reading the back of a novel because sometimes too much of the plot is given away, especially when you are reading a 'suspense' type of deal. I want to be surprised just like I was actually one of the characters. 'Whatever It Takes' was no exception to the rule and I am glad I followed my first thought. You are immediately introduced into the lives of the Steele Brothers, Butch and Zig. They are hard working kids with hard working and loving parents. Everything is pretty typical of a blue-collar lifestyle until a malicious act rules out the brothers' meal ticket to happiness. Vowing to jump over the nonstop hurdles, Butch and Zig will stop at nothing to collect on their personal vendetta. Melvin Baker has lived his life as selfish as possible. Being an only child has always had its perks and now his life couldn't be better with all of the millions he has made from his video games. Equipped with all the things that money could buy, his wife and children want for nothing, not even his little adopted daughter, Penny. Life has been grand and Melvin Baker will see to it that it gets even better. The Steele Brothers have finally come to the day where they will make the people who hurt them pay. With a laundry list of paybacks they are ready to get the show on the road and whoever tries to stand in their way will ultimately meet their fate. I was engrossed from beginning to end. There were grammar and spelling setbacks throughout, but you pretty much felt like you were reading a book that would be made into a movie someday (i.e. if Replacement Killers or Bad Boys were made into a book). Some parts were kind of unbelievable like a movie with the sharp shooting and still fighting with someone through unbearable pain. Dwayne will give you an alternative of concepts, but I choose to stick with what he did instead of changing it. Just in case Dwayne wanted to know, I would like a 'to be continued?'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.