Monday, July 11, 2011

Book Review - Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel by Mark Young

Revenge: A Travis Mays Novel

Published February 11th 2011 by Mark Young Books
Source: Mark Young

book 1 of 13 - 3rd Quarter 2K11 Reading/Reviewing Challenge

About the Book

REVENGE: A Travis Mays Novel 

When a trained killer threatens ex-cop Travis Mays - and those Travis loves - he finds a skilled adversary and an unexpected fight. Travis Mays starts a new life and a new career, teaching criminology at the university and building a cabin in the idyllic Idaho Mountains. He hires a beautiful river guide, Jessie White Eagle from the Nez Perce tribe, to steer him safely through raging whitewater, only to find that this trip changes everything—for Travis, for Jessie, and for those they hold dear. In the shadows lurks a man—calling himself Creasy—driven to make sure Travis pay for past sins. 

This fast-paced thriller takes readers on a wild ride down Idaho’s whitewater rivers, along the historic Lolo Trails once tread by the Nez Perce nation, and onto the city streets of California. Tighten your helmet. This ride never stops until the last shot is fired and the final body falls. 

My Review

I was contacted by Mark Young who found me at the Goodreads website.  He asked if I would read and review his book.  I gladly told him I would.  Thank you so much Mr. Young for sending me your book to review!  It was excellent!

Travis is teaching at a University but gets asked to help out with a murder investigation.  He doesn't want to get involved.  He is a former cop and didn't want to go back into that that field.  Things happened that made him change careers.  Even though he doesn't want to be a part of the investigation, Jessie and her father beg him to help.  

Revenge was self-published by Mark Young.  It was written well and the characters were well thought out.  I really felt connected to them while I was reading.   The editing was also excellent.  I never had a spot in the story where I felt confused about what was going on.  This story came so alive for me that I really could see it made into a movie.  For some reason, I kept picturing Clint Eastwood in my mind as Travis!  

I could tell that Mark Young knows exactly what he is talking about and knows the police business!  I could also tell that he did a lot of research!  The story involves water rights and the Nez Perce.  The story was believable, and it had me glued to the pages ( my Kindle!) from beginning to end!  I never knew what was going to happen next!   I definitely recommend Revenge!

My Rating

5/5 Diamonds - Highly Recommend!

Disclaimer:  My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

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I will be interviewing Mark Young tomorrow!  Make sure to stop by!

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  1. ok, this got to be the last one i write down from your site, my list is almost ridiculous. lol. will return to read your interview with Mr. Young.

  2. My list of books to read is out of control too Sidne!

  3. This one sounds pretty good and I love that you pictured Eastwood as the main character!!