Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Firebird Mystery by Darrell Pitt

Jack is an orphan.  His parents were trapeze artists and fell to their deaths.  He's in an orphanage where he gets bullied by the older boys.  That doesn't keep him from trying to get even...

Text Publishing Company and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 12th, so make a note to pick it up then.

When the bullies come after Jack for putting mud in their boots, he thinks he can escape them by running.  He gets stuck in a building but hides and thinks he's safe.  He is, until he knocks a paint can down.  Then he has to use his circus tricks to escape.  I knew I was going to love Jack as a character after the first few pages.

When Jack arrives back at the orphanage, the manager wants to see him.  To his surprise, he has been selected to work as a gentleman's aide.  He's been requested by a detective who has an injured leg and he's to do jobs the older gentleman can't.  The home he goes to is very unusual.  It's best if you don't look too close at what might be in the bottles on the shelf.  His new bedroom is bigger than the room he shared with a dozen others back at the home.  The food is better, too.  He thinks he might like this.  Of course, he had no idea what he was getting into when a good looking young woman comes in and requests them to find her missing father...

This is a busy book.  There's a mix of steampunk, weapons of mass destruction, a secret society, and electrical and biological experiments.  Trying to find out where the missing man is takes them into the depths of the secrets and suddenly they have a war to stop.  Jack has to use all his talents to stay alive.  He's also got a crush on the young woman they're helping.

I like the way the author writes, the action packed story, and watching Jack in action.  I'm also glad to see that Jack will most likely be back again because his nemesis got away.  His fight for right isn't done yet and that makes me happy.

No comments: