Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Book Review: Boom
That is the premise of Boom, the latest novel by author Jim Brown (@JimBrownBooks on Twitter).
It was through Twitter that I first got introduced to this novelist back in March of 2011. I popped over to his website (click the link to go to www.jimbrownbooks.com), signed up for his free newsletter and was getting a weekly drop from this book in PDF format (twenty four installments in total, if you find you can stand the wait between deliveries - if not, Jim has a way to buy the book in a printed format). To say I was instantly hooked within the first pages would be a major understatement! Jim knows how to fully engage his readers right from the start, as all the best authors do, and keep them turning page after page.
I am not going to spoil this novel for you. I think the teaser paragraph at the start is enough to get readers curious about this book. Trust me though when I say that if you love action-thrillers with lots of roller-coaster twists and turns that you will absolutely enjoy Boom.
As an amateur writer myself, I have to praise Jim Brown on one of the many things that I appreciate in his writing: Jim does an outstanding job when it comes to character creations. When he introduces a new character, he quickly lets you know everything you need to get that character right out of the gate. Now, you don't know if this character is going to be a long-term player in the book or if their time on the pages are brief. But it doesn't matter. Jim treats them all as if they are full-developed individuals. Even if it is someone who ends up a casualty in this grand chaotic scheme, you as the reader will care about the character. And that is a great gift in my book.
I definitely plan to seek out his other books 24/7 and Black Valley as well.