Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book Review: Catch and Release by James Twerell

Catch and Release

Author: James Twerell
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Living Word Publications, Inc (November 12, 2011)
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Note: I received this book free from the author, James Twerell. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

The book started out strong. I read more than a hundred pages in one sitting. I was instantly hooked when both the main characters, Jennifer Blade aka J and Steve Sanders were introduced. However somewhere along the middle, I realized I was having a hard time understanding the story. The sudden shifts in POV (first person by Steve Sanders and then third person by Jennifer Blade) had me skimming the rest of the story. There was even one scene in the story that was told twice but different POV (meeting with Junior in the parking lot). I had to flip back the pages to absorb everything.

I didn't have any problem with the action and suspense, it was well-written. Yes, I was skimming but I liked the action in the story. Reading this book reminds of my favorite action TV series, Alias. I was also thinking of Jennifer Garner as Jennifer Blade. Overall, I thought the story would have been great if the author just wrote it with one POV.

About the book:

A botched drug raid took her father’s life when she was 7. On her 13th birthday she witnessed her mother’s murder. Alone in the world, Jennifer Blade sets out to even the score. At 33, enmeshed in a game that knows no rules, she is about to fulfill her quest when everything unravels. Fleeing for her life, she heads to the mountains of upstate New York, where she unexpectedly finds new reason to live. Steve Sanders, a 38-year-old psychologist with a predictable life, is on a fishing trip in the mountains. Little does he know that all vacations are not created equal. Within 24 hours, they catch a few trout, have a passionate affair, shoot and kill a man, are involved in two gun battles, receive wounds, and end up in Miami, Florida. All this, and as Steve says, they still have six days of vacation left. Their relationship touches long-buried feelings in Jennifer, and shatters the mundane existence suffocating Steve. Catch and Release, a romance/suspense novel, is the story of two lives from vastly different backgrounds, drawn together by fate and a common love of the great outdoors. The crossing of Jennifer’s and Steve’s paths releases an explosion of love, passion, adventure, and ultimately a reason for a shared journey.

About the author:

Dr. James Twerell is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City. Out of his years of personal experience in psychology and spiritual growth, he has created the stories of the journeys of Domatarious, a messenger from the God of the Universe and published them in his two books "I am Adam" and "The Light and the Shadow" Writers Digest states "Twerell's presentation is beautifully written and believable with a tone and pace that are consistent."

He is also author of the new and intriguing book "Signal 30" which won the Readers View Reviewers Choice Award for 2011. It is a story of a insane bomber and the police hunt to find him. This new book begins a series of stories that are mysteries with a romantic twist, but with a tone of adventure that will captivate the reader.

The second book in this venue is called "Catch and Release" a new romance/suspense novel about two lives from vastly different backgrounds who are drawn together by fate, causing an explosion of love, passion, adventure, and ultimately a reason for a shared journey. Within 24 hours, they meet on vacation, have a passionate affair, shoot and kill a man, are involved in two gun battles, receive wounds and end up in Miami. This is only the beginning. An avid boating enthusiast, J. T. Twerell and his wife Janetta live in Long Island New York and Sarasota Florida.

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