Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: BECOMING QUINN, by Brett Battles

Becoming Quinn - A Jonathan Quinn Novella (Jonathan Quinn Thriller)Becoming Quinn - A Jonathan Quinn Novella by Brett Battles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the coolest things about the e-book revolution is that it's provided more openings for the shorter literary forms, like the short story and the novella. I've always enjoyed the novella form. It's a quick read, but there's more time to develop character and more chances to crank up the suspense than you can usually found in the short story.

Becoming Quinn is the novella done right. It's short, tightly written, full of action, but at the same time it gives you the opportunity to really get to know and to care about the main character as he makes his journey from idealistic cop Jake Oliver to become the hard-edged "cleaner" Jonathan Quinn.

Brett Battles also has the one indispensable gift for a thriller writer: he makes events that you would normally find absurd seem not only possible, but inevitable.

This book's a lot of fun. Check it out.

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