Title: Pigeon-Blood Red Author: Ed E Duncan Date of Publication: February 25, 2016 Publisher: Zharmae Genre: thriller, fiction Pages: 238 Source: publisher Rating:
For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.
As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?
First off, I would like to thank the publisher services who emailed me and asked if I would like a review copy of this beautiful book. I said yes, and here we are, and here comes my honest opinion of this book.
To begin with, the cover is beautiful and I loved that. However, when I read the synopsis on the back of the story I was confused. It did not really make sense to me. Following that train, the story itself did not make sense to me until about half way through. Mr. Duncan writes about a theft that leads to the killing of two unfaithful people and a chase across the ocean in order to recover a necklace of pigeon-blood red rubies. I honestly just didn’t get into the plot too much, it took me quite a while to get the writing style, and by the time I did the book was nearly over.
I didn’t really sympathize with many of the characters, although I did feel sad for what had happened in the past. Evelyn I rolled my eyes at a little because I felt like she should have known better than to be with Richard but it was her life. Paul I did feel sorry for because of what happened to his wife. Don’t get me started on Richard and Rachel. Rico was a slightly redeeming character for me, but again not until the end. He felt lazy to me and it seemed like we didn’t get to really see him until the very end of the book. However, him and Jerry just made me smile, favorite relationship in the entire book! Our loan shark (yea, that’s here too) felt like a small child throwing a temper tantrum the entire time and he got on my nerves very quickly.
Unfortunately, I just did not get into this book, which, if you’ve read some of my other reviews, I don’t like doing. Negative reviews aren’t my favorite, but my honest opinion was that I was not a fan of this book and I won’t be reading any more in this series. I am willing to give another Ed E Duncan book a chance, as soon as he gets more out. Over all 2.5 out of 5 from me.