|I enjoyed reading Evil Wind, and I will be sure to continue the story. The story grabbed me from the get go and did not loosen its grip, even at the ending. I grew up in a law enforcement household. While my mother is not a police officer, she was a data entry clerk (retired) at a local PD who spent a lot of time typing up reports. A career in any aspect of law enforcement invades a person's life right down to the core and affects their non-law enforcement friends, family, and especially the children. For awhile, I seriously considered and academically pursued a course that would have led to work in the field, but I managed to escape.
Your story taps a familiar concept, son (or daughter) following in the footsteps of a parent who was a police officer, but you managed to get right into your character's souls, especially Jack's. Either you come from law enforcement family or you exceeded your diligence in researching what would make a character like Jack and his father, Ben, tick. This is something I see many authors either skip over or barely break the surface of and it reflects in their story, and I will admit that sometimes I am guilty of it myself.
The setting and manner of the story was so real, so gritty, it reminded me of a hard-boiled private investigator story, but with the bonus of this actually being a police story- not only on the professional level, but the personal level of the character. I enjoyed the bit about Jack’s not being someone who cussed which also spoke to the ribbing between officers, especially between the more experienced and the rookies.
I also enjoyed your use of poetry between sections of your work. Great job!
When reviewing, weigh GSP and CSR (Grammer-Spelling-Punctuation and good Characters-great Plot-Resolution).
- = meets expectations, = could use some work
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