Review: Deadly Provocation: A Year of Domestic Surveillance by T.F. Coleman

Posted: February 14, 2014 in New Adult, Reviews
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Author:  T.F. Coleman

Paperback, 223 pages

Published in 2013 by Outskirts Press

Genres:  New Adult, Fiction, Action/Adventure

Synopsis:  Jake Conley is thrust into the spotlight after stopping a deranged gunman at an L.A. theater, his new-found fame gets the attention of a private surveillance consulting company that recruits him to be a public relations asset and field consultant working in the world of data mining, hidden cameras, and drones.  The benefits are overwhelming and seem to include a beautiful young woman from Venezuela, Medalia Mendoza, daughter of one of the company’s biggest financial contributors, and whose mother has been missing for the last five years.  Questions about the company’s integrity and Conley’s role with it mount until he is face with the life and death decisions that affect everyone involved.

My Review:  Eerily taken from today’s headlines, this story starts with a gunman’s attempt to commit a mass shooting in a movie theater.  Luckily for those movie goers, Jake Conley is present in the back row and is able to take out the gunman without any casualties.  Conley then becomes involved with a company willing to go to drastic lengths to ensure public safety.  But is that really what they’re doing?

This book started off with a bang (still trying to figure out if my pun is intended here) and then slowed down a bit.  I appreciate the need for the detail, but didn’t feel the rush of suspense until near the end.  And then when I got to the end, everything fell into place (although a little too easily).  Without spoiling it, I am not sure that the events that took place would have gone as they did in similar real-life situations.  I know that this is fiction, so I just enjoyed the ride.

Well-written and cleverly imaginative, this was a good read.  Several parts of the book make you stop and think about the possibility of domestic surveillance and how easily something that starts out for public safety could go so wrong.

I am on the fence about this one.  I liked the story and the author tells it well, however waiting for the action to begin and the simplistic ending brought it down a bit.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


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