AuthorD. J. Williams‘ mysterycrimenovel, Waking Lazarus, an action-packed thriller, enmeshes the reader into a many-layered story-line. Jake Harris’s commissioned by Doc Warren to write his memoir; Doc’s an old friend of Jake’s estranged father. Warren begins his narrative with his knowledge of Sister Evelyn, 1920’s evangelist. When Jake finds Warren murdered the next day, his life takes on a full-tilt drive of a lifetime. Jake received just enough information on Evelyn Shaw to whet his appetite. What started as a memoir quickly morphed into a something much more; the criminal elements of the world realize what has happened. Jake Harris, down and out addict, finds himself involved in a fight for his life.
Deaths, shootouts, conspiracies, murders, and criminals galore, pepper this deeply involved story. From the highest levels of government to an organization formed to protect the criminal underground and silence 1920’s Evangelist/revolutionary Sister Evelyn Harris, to present day arch criminals. Come along and follow Jake and company as they ferret out the secrets of Sister Evelyn and the impact on the world today. Who or what is Lazarus? That is the sixty-four thousand dollar question, and only by reading Waking Lazarus can you find out! Grab a comfortable seat, my mysterysuspensenovel/bookreviews of Waking Lazarus follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Firstly, I must say how enthralled I was with this book. I could not put it down. From one fast-paced scene to another, authorD. J. Williams leads the reader through a maze of conspiracies, criminals, and deaths. In the beginning, I was not sure this book would be my cup of tea. It did not take long before I knew this was a powerhouse of a book. A complicated conspiracy with many intensely driven characters and layers, Williams hooks the reader and does not let go as he leads you through his story. What a story this is!
STORY-LINE THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY MORGAN BY CLABE POLK:
Adventures of Harry Morgan has 3 stories, all with our main man Harry as the lead character; the stories are interconnecting. The first 2 blend together and the last story features Harry and friends.
Collegial Conspiracy Part 1
In Collegial Conspiracy, we find a retired Harry. But Harry’s retirement is anything but quite. When his old friend, Wiley Middleton contacts him with a request, Harry doesn’t know how to say no. Wiley’s dying from an inoperable brain tumor. He doesn’t want to leave his wife, Amanda, in debt nor watching him die. Wiley left home, leaving Amanda a note, asking her not to look for him.
His one request of Harry; well it’s a dilly. Wiley wants Harry to help him rob a bank. Fascinated with Bonnie and Clyde, Wiley’s determined to go to jail for the medical care. Harry reluctantly agrees. However, when Amanda contacts Harry’s wife, Jean, for help finding Wiley, he’s in a pickle of lies and conspiracies. Then when Wiley’s “never do well” son, Tony, shows up, things really get complicated.
Emilio Part 2
Amanda and Wiley’s son, Tony, left Oregon just ahead of the law. Harry finds himself playing detective after Tony tells his tale of woe. A campus police officer, Tony became involved with a two drug addicts who committed suicide. Harry will find himself in another pickle as the suicide turns into much more and ends up smack dab next to the bank robbery case; you could say rubbing elbow with the robbery case. Amanda ask Harry to help prove Tony’s innocent. Simple you say; not so much. Suddenly things ramp up as they discover the overdose and suicide may not be as simple as it seems. Much more’s in play, and simple turns into complicated.
Pirates Of Cayo Pelau Part 3
Harry finally purchased his dream boat. Hoping to treasure hunt just this side of legal, Harry and friends head out on a sail and treasure hunting. You ask how can treasure hunting turn dangerous? Harry and friends stumble upon a slave running ring with inside connections. A night in jail, a court appearance, and release on bail, do not slow Harry down. Harry’s determined to free the slaves and bring the criminals to justice. Yes, he’s in a pickle again.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
When I started this book, I thought I would not like the story. Wow, was I wrong. In a matter pages, I was hooked and could not read this book fast enough. Reviews, at times, are hard to write, this book was easy to review. At times funny, at times sad, and at times filled with snips, snarks, one liners, plenty of action, and the unstoppable Harry. Harry’s character’s strong, intelligent, and he’s a steadfast friend, who’s loyal and willing to go the extra mile. Although a senior citizen, he’s far from old and feeble.
I laughed and laughed as Wiley told Harry the what, when and how of his plan; and the bumbling robbery was hilarious and sad at the same time. Polk included humor, sadness, intrigue, and serious issues in this book; a combination which made a highly entertainingread.
Selfish and self-centered, Tony blames everyone except the true culprit for his problems. He has an attitude of entitlement. Someone’s always out to get him and the world owes him something for all his troubles. I wanted to give him a good old-fashioned spanking and tell him to grow up. Clabe Polk crafted a totally unlikable person in Tony. Just when I thought he might have a few redeeming qualities, he proved me wrong. I found myself doing a high-five when Amanda stood up to him and gave him what for.
In the third story, the action, snips, and repartee never ends. Harry’s ready to have fun and adventure. Polk grabs the reader’s attention with a fast paced action story-line. Between the women and men, I don’t know who’s the funniest. However, the story covers the serious crime of human trafficking. Some of the characters are despicable and truly unlikable. Polk skillfully showed age is not a deciding factor in the pursuit of justice. As well as, showing as long as humans have unsavory greedy characteristics, no occupation will be safe from corruption.
I found Clabe Polk’s writing style flowed well with scenes which transition smoothly from scene to scene; making The Adventures of Harry Morgan easy to read and enjoyable. Perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading in your favorite chair with a beverage by your side; sit back and enjoy The Adventure Of Harry Morgan. I would not hesitate to buy this book for myself or a friend.
THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY MORGAN RECOMMENDATIONS: STARS 4
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