by Julie A. Smith "Julie @ Knitting and Sundries" (Cleveland, Ohio United States) posted on August 13, 2011
4.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Davenport is a typical college student, working his way through college at various odd jobs. His current job at the Kosher World Meat Factory is carrying beef carcasses. It's a good union job, with good pay, and he has Jimmy Balducci, a friend's father, to thank for it.

Kevin's father was a prosecutor in the D.A.'s office, and when Kevin was 11 years old, he was a witness to the death of both his father and his little sister in a hit-and-run accident.

As Kevin works at Kosher World, his mettle is tested, and he finds himself with a "side job" that involves fighting after hours. He keeps his eyes open, and figures out that something is not right at Kosher World. A a co-worker ends up in pieces inside another worker's locker, and Kevin finds himself in deep danger when he witnesses criminal activity. In a world populated by a brutal crime syndicate, Kevin does what he can to keep himself in one piece. When he finds out that his father was actually murdered, he also finds out who is responsible, and his long-range plan turns into one of revenge.

This is a pulse-pounding type of read; very fast-paced and with some very tense, nail-biting moments. I think it started out a bit slow, but as I continued to read, I would likely have finished it in one sitting, I became so engrossed in the drama and intrigue.

Definitely a worthy read.

I have seen some reviews panning the writing (typos, grammatical errors, etc.), but I'm thinking that those reviewers may have read the first self-pubbed copy. My copy went through a publisher and the editors there must have done a fine job, as I did not have any of those complaints.

All in all, I would totally recommend this one for lovers of thrillers who aren't afraid of a little grit. There's even a touch of a really cool romance, and the friendships here are true-blue. I really enjoyed this one.

It's like this place is draining and stealing souls.
Balducci wants more production before he'll fork over benefits. Yet there is more production than they're seeing. Every single day so many boxes just up and disappear. That extra nut would add a lot to both company profits and ammo for union benefits.
The fact that an hour ago his guys were sending me to hotdog heaven kinda leads one to the conclusion that something's not kosher in Kosher Word. That being said, I think either I'm in or I'm out, and out probably means body parts filling Lily's locker.
Curtis says, "It's like a f**ing zombie movie here. These guys don't know they're dead."

Writing: 4 out of 5 stars
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 4 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 4.5 out 5 stars

BOOK RATING: 4.25 out of 5 stars