Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: Sam Capra’s Last Chance by Jeff Abbott

We get to learn right from the start that this story takes place between the events of the novels Adrenaline and The Last Minute.

Well, that’s good to know, but also maybe at the same time not so good at all, since the author does such a good work with Sam Capra’s Last Chance that in the end he just leaves you hungry for more. Of course, the more you seek will come, but not until his new novel, The Last Minute, which I already have, but I didn’t get the chance to read quite yet.

To tell you the truth this is the first time I’ve read anything by Jeff Abbott and this ebook short just took my breath away. It’s not only its pace, it’s not just the action, it’s not even the troubled psyche of his protagonist that made me turn the pages like crazy; it’s the whole package.

The story starts with a bang: A rooftop chase during which Sam Capra, the owner of thirty bars all over the world, and ex-CIA agent, tries to avoid getting killed by the man whose phone he’s stolen and whom he’s just shot on the shoulder.

Sam thinks that the man’s phone holds the secret of the identity of the woman who has recently kidnapped his infant son, Daniel and he’ll stop at nothing in order to get him back. Well, the chase doesn’t last for long, as mysterious Mila comes to his rescue; she brings the man down with a hit on the head, and thus serenity for once again prevails over the night streets of Strasbourg, France, where the adventure begins.

A brief interrogation will reveal that the man is the member of an international crime ring, and Sam’s mortal enemies, called the Nine Suns. So, did they kidnap his son to get back at him or did they get the child in order to sell it?

Sam is not about to sit back and wait for the answers to come and find him. Following a tip by his hostage, whom he promised to protect, he’ll travel to London, where he’ll soon be followed by Mila, to find a woman that goes by the name of Anna.

While there they will both come almost face to face with the woman, but also have a couple of encounters with her goons, something that will, for some reason, scare her away. But where will she go next? And does she have Daniel with her?

The answers to the aforementioned questions will be found in The Last Minute, fifty pages of which you can read in this ebook.

In here we have a great plot, amazing pace and well-drafted characters for which I’d really like to learn more about. Normally I would have given it five stars, but I was so eager to find out what happens next in the end that I’ve decided that four would suffice; until I read the novel, that is.

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