Monday, 23 January 2012

CRIME THRILLER REVIEW: Total Immunity - Robert Ward

Release Date: 12/01/12


Smart, tough Los Angeles FBI agents Jack Harper and Oscar Hidalgo breathe sighs of relief after violent diamond smuggler Karl Steinbach is finally arrested in a complex sting. Vowing vengeance on the agents who brought him down, Steinbach is imprisoned - only to be offered a release with total immunity in a dodgy deal with Homeland Security. As Jack and Oscar's team of agents start to die, it becomes clear that Steinbach's is no idle threat. But when the pair investigate their slain comrade's lives, they discover that what looked like retribution is actually tied to a web of deceit that stretches to the highest echelons of the FBI. Navigating car chases, shootouts, and even venomous reptiles, Jack and Oscar furiously pursue clues scattered throughout the underbelly of Los Angeles, in a desperate attempt to find the killer - before he finds them.


As a fan of a solid crime story I was interested in this title released by Corvus in the UK as I remember Robert’s writing from the TV show Miami Vice and thought I’d be in for a nostalgic trip down memory lane with hardened criminals and even harder cops. And boy was I right about that.

The principle characters are not just fun to hang around but are characters that many readers would want to go for a drink with. Add to this some great prose and a sense of pace that really doesn’t let up from the word go and the readers in for a treat. That said there are some clichéd phrases within, but when you’re enjoying a story to this degree you’re more than happy to let that slide by. All in a good bit of fun but don’t expect anything to make you think too deeply.

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