by Brooklyn James
Plot Summary:Where One System Fails, Another Never Gives Up!
Detectives Gina DeLuca and Tony Gronkowski investigate a string of murders among Vanguard's most loathsome population, rapists and pedophiles. With fed up citizens, the city is on the verge of a vigilante uprising in support of their seemingly superhuman Vigilare with the sparkling emerald green eyes.
Friend or foe, Vanguard Police Department has a job to do in bringing the vigilant one to justice, causing their own internal battle with right and wrong, immoral and just. Following their leads, Detectives DeLuca and Gronkowski find themselves pulled into a mysterious world of super blood and super powers, and closer to the Vigilare than ever expected.
It's a race to the finish between Detectives DeLuca and Gronkowski and the Vigilare to figure out who she is and why she exists. The first in a Trilogy. Vigilare-the one who watches over-comes to light.
Review:This story begins as told through the eyes of an awakening superhero. The suspense is derived from reading about the Vigilare coming into her powers but not understanding how or why that power has been given to them. The direction the author takes this aspect of this story was definitely unexpected, especially in when almost all is revealed in the end.
The other side of the story, the police procedural, is driven by the dynamic personalities of Detectives Gina and Tony and their exchanges are full of biting sarcastic wit and competitive rivalry as they investigate the serial murders. Their rapport is very entertaining and the author has created two very appealing characters with great chemistry. The writing overall in this story is very sharp and vividly detailed, with an abundance of sarcastic barbs coming from most of the main characters. Because the story takes the point of view of both the police and the victims of the rapists and pedophiles that are being stalked by the Vigilare, there is an interesting commentary on the nature of justice and the roles of government officials. It's thought-provoking, and deals with the theoretical conflict between superheroes and the police very intelligently.
The story has fast-paced, thriller elements, and well-paced courtroom scenes which are balanced very well within the narrative. The mystery and suspense of who and what the Vigilare is builds til the end, when there are some very surprising reveals. I found this a very enjoyable read.
review copy kindly provided by the author